If you’re looking for a tender, juicy, and flavorful chicken dish, you’ll love Rock Cornish Hen. This is a special breed of chicken that is a cross between a Cornish and a Plymouth Rock. With Rock Cornish Hens, you get more succulent, rich meat and less bones.
Home Cook's Recommendation
We’ve found some people are daunted when faced with a whole chicken, but we promise: preparing these Rock Cornish Hens is easy and rewarding. Our tips for beginners: First, rub some salt into the cavity of the hens to draw out more moisture and season the meat. Then, stuff the cavity with some fresh herbs, garlic, shallots, or lemon slices for extra flavor and aroma. Next, brush the hens with oil and sprinkle with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if you like some heat). Finally, roast the hens in the oven until golden and crisp. For a sweet and tangy touch, you can also add a raspberry sauce or a glaze of your choice.
Rock Cornish Hen goes well with a variety of side dishes, so you can mix and match according to your preference and occasion. For a hearty and comforting meal, you can serve it with roasted root vegetables, brown rice or matza rolls. For a light and fresh meal, you can serve it with steamed carrots and broccoli, quinoa or fresh salad. And for a gourmet and elegant meal, you can serve it with Brussels sprouts, broccolini, kale with garlic, mushroom rice, or cranberry sauce.
If you’re in the mood for wine, you can opt for a white wine like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio, or a red wine like Pinot Noir, Merlot, or Zinfandel. Want some bubbles? Reach for a sparkling wine like Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava. This chicken also pairs well with ciders, like apple, pear, and berry ciders.