Thanksgiving Roasted Cornish Hen

This thanksgiving I am making an Indo-American recipe using using a petite cornish hen instead of roasting a big intimidating turkey. Cornish hens are tiny and little bigger than your palm. It can be easily eaten by 1 person or shared between two. Stuff it with indian spiced stuffing and enjoy with rich makhani gravy and some roasted veggies.:)

Youtube video tutorial:

1 cornish hen:


I am using a marinade made of mint coriander pesto.
1 cup coriander leaves
1/2 cup mint leaves
1 cup olive oil
2 tbsp walnuts
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
4-5 big cloves of garlic
Salt to taste – you could add a little extra because we are not going to apply any to the hen.
Feel free to add some tandoori masala as rub later on on the hen if you’d like.


Thaw the hen, rinse it under water and pat it dry thoroughly inside out. Now rub the pesto all over this hen evenly and intensely. Put some inside the cavity and spread it evenly in the cavity.
Allow to marinate for atleast 2 hours to overnight. I marinated mine for 8 hours.

1 Leftover naan bread cut into tiny pieces
1 tbsp golden raisins instead of cranberries
1/2 chopped tomato
1 tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)
1 tbsp pomegranate (optional)
1/2 chopped green bell pepper – i had used it but I would avoid it cos if doesn’t cook through well inside the chicken (avoid using)
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp tandoori masala
1 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp chaat masala
1 tbsp fresh garlic paste


Mix all the above ingredients well. Take your marinated hen and stuff it with this Indian spiced stuffing.

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Bed of Veggies:
Mini carrots
Grape tomatoes
Bell Peppers
Medley of mini Purple, red and yellow potatoes
1-2 tsp minced garlic or garlic powder
1 tbsp tandoori masala
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp chaat masala
1/2 tsp pepper
Salt to taste
1 tbsp oil
Mix all these together

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Put the stuffed chicken on top of these veggies

Baking and Broiling:
Preheat your oven to 400 F and roast the hen for 50 mins to 1 hours. Remember to flip the hen after 25 mins.

Once the hen is cooked, turn your oven to broil, place the hen right below the flame for 2-3 mins. Monitor constantly cos you don’t want your hen to be burned. Broiling gives a nice charred/grilled effect on your roasted hen.

Makhani Gravy:

Let it sit for 10 mins before craving or serving.
Serve with your beautiful roasted veggies and makhani gravy! Garnish with coriander leaves and pomegranate. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂



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