3 Herb Parmesan Cornish Hens

Say Goodbye to boring poultry recipes this holiday season. This recipe is very flavorful and your family and guest will think you slaved over the stove to prepare it. Enjoy! And as usual, let me know how your recipe turns out!


  • 2 Cornish hens
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Ground Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 small green bell pepper, sliced
  • Grated Parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cut the Cornish hens using the Spatchcock method (see blog post How to Butterfly a whole chicken (The Spatchcock Method) )
  3. Season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, parsley, thyme, and rosemary
  4. Tuck 1 tablespoon of butter under the skin of each hen
  5. Sprinkle minced garlic over the hens
  6. Squeeze 1/2 of the lemons juice over the birds (reserve the other half of the lemon to cut into slices and arrange around the hens)
  7. Arrange the bell pepper slices around the hens and lightly sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over them
  8. Place in oven for 1 hour and 10 -20 minutes , baste with pan juices every 10 minutes to keep them juicy
  9. Remove from the oven and lightly sprinkle more Parmesan cheese
  10. Let chicken rest for 5 minutes, serve, and enjoy !

2 thoughts on “3 Herb Parmesan Cornish Hens

  1. Looks amazing. I am going to try this recipe tomorrow. Any other tips you would like to share?

  2. Thank you so much, probably just to reiterate that you want to baste it every 10 minutes (spooning the juices over the birds) to keep them juicy . Thank you again for the comment !

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