Cornish Hens with Herb Fingerling Potatoes

I promised you when I showed you our inexpensive Christmas tablescape, that I would also share with you the food that was served on the table. I know that most people are right now planning their Christmas menu and I have something here that is not only easy to make but super delicious too. My family, we're not big fans of turkey and while I do it because it's traditional to have a turkey, to be honest with you I personally prefer something a little less dry. My turkey isn't always the best but cornish hens are a whole other ballgame. Not only are Cornish hens relatively inexpensive but they are super tasty too. My kids call them mini chicken and think they're 1 serving size. During the Thanksgiving season I was able to pick them up at my local commissary for only $2 a piece and I still have a few in the freezer just waiting for Christmas. If you're able to pick them up yourself I would like to introduce you to this delicious recipe of Cornish hens with herb fingerling potatoes.


4 Cornish Hens,
3 - 4 pounds fingerling potatoes
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 medium onions, sliced
2 - 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
3 bunches of fresh sage
4 -5 springs fresh thyme
4 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp of cinnamon
Fresh cracked black pepper
Kosher or sea salt


Large Roasting Pan


Prep fingerling potatoes by blanching them in hot water for 15 minutes.

Arrange Cornish hens in a large roasting pan. Brush hens completely with EVOO, add fresh cracked black pepper, cinnamon and Kosher or sea salt. Arrange onions, garlic, rosemary, thyme and sage over hens.

In a bowl add fingering potatoes and drizzle with evoo, add fresh cracked black pepper and Kosher or sea salt. Toss until potatoes are evenly coated.

Arrange potatoes around hens. Place hens and potatoes in oven and bake for an hour.

When an instant read thermometer reads 180 degrees, then hens are finished cooking.

Allow hens to rest for 12 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!


  1. I saw this on your page and yesterday and was wondering how you made it. I actually prefer cornish hens over turkey myself but my cornish hens never look this good. I am going to give this a try for Christmas. Thank you so much and have I mentioned how much I am loving your blog. I subscribed so I can get all your post. :)

    1. Thank you Adrienne. I really appreciate that and yes I'm much more a fan of cornish hens and chicken than I am of turkey. I think they are so much tastier.

  2. I've never made cornish hens before but I've seen them being sold. I think now that I've seen your recipe that I'll give it a try. Thank you and I have to say that all your food always look so good!

  3. I've seen cornish hens at the supermarket but always thought that they were just small chickens and not worth my time. I have never made them but after seeing your recipe I am going to give this a try.

  4. I love Cornish hens too as not everyone knows how to cook a turkey that is juicy and not dry. This recipe is tasty.

  5. Wow this looks amazing!! I have never made cornish hens before but I think I might have to now!

  6. I haven't made Cornish Hen in a very long time--why I don't know-I definitely like them. I never thought to add cinnamon to the mix-I will have to try that. Sometimes i make an apple stuffing to go with them as well.

  7. Fingerling potatoes are one of my fav sides. Not a huge cornish hen fan but your photos are stunning! looks like a great meal!

  8. That dish looks delicious. We're not fans of turkey too; didn't grow up eating it (it wasn't native to Manila we're I'm from), so our holiday spread very rarely included it. But this we can definitely include. Yum!

  9. These look absolutely delicious! I don't think I have ever had Cornish hens before! I might have to try to make these!

  10. This is such a beautifully marvelously looking dish. I pinned to make in the future. I think it would be awesome for a small elegant little dinner party with friends. Simple enough to not have to waste a lot of time in the kitchen and be able to really enjoy your guests. Thank you.

  11. Would you believe me if I told you that I never had Cornish hens before? Your recipes looks simple enough to make. Also, fingerling potatoes? I had to look it up hehehe

  12. That looks like a feast for the special holidays and the photos are beautiful. I must try making those potatoes sometime.