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Cornish Game Hens

Cornish Game Hens

By Traeger Kitchen

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.

Prep Time

10 Min

Cook Time

1 Hr




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
4 (1 1/4 pounds each) Cornish game hens
4 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
To Taste Traeger Chicken Rub
4 Sprig fresh rosemary or sage, plus more for garnish


  • 1

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

    375 ˚F / 191 ˚C

  • 2

    Rinse the Cornish game hens under cold running water, inside and out. (Game hens do not usually come with giblets, but check the cavities before rinsing. If you find giblets, freeze them for chicken stock, if desired.) Dry thoroughly with paper towels. Tuck the wings behind the backs and tie the legs together with butcher's twine.

  • 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

    Arrange the hens directly on the grill grates. Insert the probe into the thigh of a hen. Close the lid and roast until the juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 165°F, 50-60 minutes.

    375 ˚F / 191 ˚C

    165 ˚F / 74 ˚C


  • 5

    Remove the hens from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with more rosemary before serving. Enjoy!

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