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Cornish Game Hens




If you have a hard time sharing, these perfectly portioned game hens will do the trick. Your guests will feel like a VIP when presented with a personalized chicken. We've used basic spices so that the natural flavors can shine.


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  • 4 Cornish game hens

  • 4 Tablespoon butter, melted

  • Traeger Chicken Rub

  • 4 Sprig rosemary or sage, plus more for garnish

  • 1

    Rinse the Cornish game hens under cold running water, inside and out. (Game hens do not usually come with giblets, but check the cavity for them before rinsing. If you find giblets, freeze them for chicken stock, if desired.)

    • 4 Cornish game hens

  • 2

    Dry thoroughly with paper towels. Tuck the wings behind the backs and tie the legs together with butcher's string.
  • 3

    Rub the outside of each hen with the melted butter. Season with Traeger Chicken Rub. Slip a sprig of rosemary into the main cavity of each hen.

    • 4 Tablespoon butter, melted

    • To Taste Traeger Chicken Rub

    • 4 Sprig rosemary or sage, plus more for garnish

  • 4

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 375°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    375 ˚F

  • 5

    Roast the hens for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the juices run clear and the internal temperature of the thigh, when read on an instant-read meat thermometer, is 165°F.

    375 ˚F

    165 ˚F

  • 6

    Transfer the hens to a platter or plates and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • 7

    Garnish with a sprig of rosemary before serving. Enjoy!