Cornish Hens with Rosemary Wine Sauce Recipe

These Easy Baked Cornish Hens recipe with Rosemary Wine Sauce are the perfect date night recipe, Valentine’s day, birthday dinner, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner or fancy enough for a dinner party. This recipe is also economical, simple, easy to make, Weight #W friendly and can be made in advance.


This Roasted Cornish Hen recipe is 2 w-w points for ½ a hen!

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Course: dinner, main
Cuisine: American, Canadian, North American
Keyword: cornish game hen, cornish hen, wine
Special Diet: W-W
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 64.11kcal
Prep Time:10minutes 
Cook Time:1hour 
Total Time:1hour  10minutes 


  • 2 1 lb Cornish hens ½ per person
  • 1 cup dry white wine * you can use any type (it doesn’t have to be expensive wine)
  •  cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon low- sodium soya sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced


  • fresh rosemary sprigs (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9X13 pan with non-stick cooking spray
  • Remove and discard giblets and necks from hens. Rinse hens under cold water and pat dry. Split each hen in half lengthwise.

Cornish Hen split in half lengthwise

Partially remove the backbone from the middle

Backbone being cut from hen

Cutting from each side
  • Place hens, meat side up, in pan.
  • Whisk together wine, white wine vinegar, soya sauce, rosemary, thyme and garlic in a separate bowl, then pour over hens. *Cover the hens’ legs with a little aluminum foil to prevent burning (this can also be done during the cooking process, if you start to see them browning faster than the rest of the hen)

Cornish hens in rosemary wine sauce with legs covered in tin foil

  • Bake uncovered (preferably on roast if you have a convection oven) for 50 – 60 minutes basting occasionally, as you would a chicken or turkey; just spoon the sauce over the hens to baste. Cook until juices run clear and hens are cooked inside (no longer pink).
  • Serve warm (½ a hen per person) with a spring of fresh sprigs of rosemary and lemon wedges, if desired.

Cornish Hen on a plate with pasta and salad


Please see the post contents for important recipe information and tips!

Nutrition Facts
📋 Cornish Hens with Rosemary Wine Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.5 hen)
Calories 64.11Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.11g0%
Saturated Fat 0.03g0%
Cholesterol 0.51mg0%
Sodium 508.19mg22%
Potassium 73.71mg2%
Carbohydrates 3.17g1%
Fiber 0.14g1%
Sugar 0.76g1%
Protein 1.27g3%
Vitamin C 0.94mg1%
Calcium 10.83mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 0.5hen | Calories: 64.11kcal (3%) | Carbohydrates: 3.17g (1%) | Protein: 1.27g (3%) | Fat: 0.11g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 0.51mg | Sodium: 508.19mg (22%) | Potassium: 73.71mg (2%) | Fiber: 0.14g (1%) | Sugar: 0.76g (1%) | Vitamin C: 0.94mg (1%) | Calcium: 10.83mg (1%) | Iron: 0.6mg (3%)
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