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Roasted Cornish Hens with Festive Rice Stuffing

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

90 minutes


4-8 people

Impress your guests this holiday season with a smaller, yet extremely delicious, meal! These Roasted Cornish Hens with Festive Rice Stuffing by My Diary of Us are infused with flavor inside and outside thanks to Tony’s Creole-Style Butter Marinade and Original Creole Seasoning.

Roasted Cornish Hens with Festive Rice Stuffing

Kitchen Tip : Roasted Cornish Hens with Festive Rice Stuffing


  • 4 Cornish Hens

  • Tony’s Creole-Style Butter Marinade

  • 2 Tablespoons + 1 Teaspoon Tony’s Original Creole Seasoning

  • 1 Onion, Peeled and Sliced into Quarters

  • 2 Lemons, Sliced in Half

  • 1 Whole Head Garlic, Sliced in Half

  • 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries

  • 4 Slices Bacon, Chopped

  • 1/2 Cup Celery, Chopped

  • 1/2 Cup Onion, Chopped

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Sage, Finely Minced

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Thyme, Finely Minced

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Rosemary, Finely Minced

  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth

  • 1 Box Tony’s Creole Butter & Herb Rice Dinner Mix

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

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  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Inject Cornish Hens with Tony’s Creole-Style Butter Marinade all over and then rub down with Tony’s Original Creole Seasoning to coat the skin.
  3. Add onions, lemons and garlic to the bottom of a baking dish.
  4. Place the Cornish Hens on top of and around the vegetables and bake for 1 1/2 hours until the skin is golden and the internal temperature is 165°F. (If needed, switch the oven to broil the last couple of minutes of the cook time to brown the skin.)
  5. While the hens cook, make the rice stuffing by adding oil to a pan and then browning the bacon.
  6. Add chopped onion and celery when bacon starts to brown along with the chopped herbs.
  7. Season with 1 teaspoon of Tony’s Original Creole Seasoning.
  8. Add in the Tony’s Creole Butter & Herb Rice Dinner Mix to the pan and toast for 1 minute and then add chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  9. Place lid on the rice pan and cook until tender, according to package directions.
  10. When the rice is tender, remove the lid and fluff with a fork.
  11. Add in cranberries and serve underneath the Cornish Hens.

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