Cornish Hens & Bacon with Herbs Recipe serves: 4
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 60 Minutes

Cornish Hens & Bacon with Herbs


  • 4 Tbsp. Bertolli® Classico™ Olive Oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. dry white wine [or vermouth]
  • 1 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rubbed sage
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 Cornish hens (about 1-1/2 lbs. ea.), rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. In 10-inch skillet, heat 3 tablespoons Olive Oil over medium heat and cook onions and bacon, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes or until onions are tender. Stir in wine, mustard, sage, thyme and oregano. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. On broiler pan, arrange hens. Evenly drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast 30 minutes. Decrease heat to 350°. Pour mustard sauce over hens and roast an additional 20 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of the thigh reaches 180°. To serve, arrange hens on serving platter and spoon sauce over hens.