Cornish Game Hen

I wanted to make something different tonight. I haven’t prepared Cornish game hens in probably 20 years, so it’s about time!


2 Cornish Game Hens, thawed. Rinse them and pat them dry.
Olive oil

For the stuffing:
2 slices bacon, partially cooked, diced
2 tablespoons celery, minced finely
2 tablespoons carrot, minced finely
2 tablespoons onion, minced finely
4 large fresh basil leaves, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced

In a small bowl, mix the stuffing ingredients together.

Using half of the stuffing mix, stuff one bird. Don’t pack the cavity too full. Do the same for the second bird.


For the seasoning:
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper

In a small bowl, mix the seasonings together.


Rub each bird with olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning on each bird, massaging the seasoning into the bird gently. Truss the birds.

Set your Ninja 3-in-1 to STOVETOP HIGH. Brown the birds, 5 minutes per side should do it.

Remove the birds and place on the wire rack. Tip: Spray the wire rack well with PAM or other nonstick spray.


Add 1 cup of water into the pot. Place the rack containing the birds into the Ninja.

Set to OVEN 350°F and steam cook for approximately 1 hour. Keep an eye on the liquid level at the bottom of the pan. Don’t let it all steam away. I added 1/2 cup water several times.

Served up with rustic potatoes leftover from the other day and some fresh green beans and a glass of red (!!) wine.


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