Cornish Game Hens

Certified Organic Cornish Game Hens
Certified Organic Cornish Game Hens

Certified Organic Cornish Game Hens

Game Hens are sometimes referred to as “Petite Chicken” or “Poussin”

Be sure to request the organic game hens as we also stock conventional game hens for more price sensitive buyers.

The Rock Cornish game hen that has become so popular over the past 40 years sprang into being in 1965 when chicken baron Donald John Tyson of Tyson Foods, Inc. cross-bred White Rock hens and Cornish hens. His goal was to create an upscale specialty poultry item to appeal to the gourmands. Despite the blatant marketing ploy, the end result is a deliciously personalized parcel of poultry with most birds weighing between one and two pounds.

The meat-to-bone ratio is quite small, making one game hen an ideal serving for most people. If the bird is the word, one piece is fine, but combined with other courses or side dishes, consider half a hen per head. Since the bones are not strong, splitting the birds before cooking is done with ease. There is a slight sweetness to the meat, but that aside, anything that you think works well with chicken will make for a happy hen.

Prep Tips

As with other game birds, roasting is the cooking method of choice, although a bit of braising and sauteeing will achieve great results as well. For additional flavour, work in a glaze and stuff the cavity to create singular creations – just make sure to keep the giblets for a spot of gravy!

LEFT: Photograph by John Sherlock and Shannon Mendes. Recipe by Pino Posteraro (Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill, Vancouver, BC) from the book Vancouver Cooks 2, © 2009 by the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia, published by Douglas & McIntyre. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.