A beautiful cornish hen consists of tender, succulent light meat that is conveniently sized for single servings resembles a miniature roasting chicken, which it basically is. When baked it is so moist and tender and full of flavor.
I baked this hen in a preheated 450 degree oven for 50 minutes with some organic whole carrots and white and red potatoes that I purchased at the local farmers market. I stuffed the cavity of the bird with some fresh garlic and scallions. Then I brushed it with some melted butter and sprinkled some beautiful, fragrant sage, rosemary, salt and pepper. I have to say, it was delicious!
Cornish hen is packed with protein, which is important for our muscles, bones, maintaining blood and is vital for the production of hemoglobin.. A 3 1/2 ounce serving contains a little more than 23 grams of protein and only less than 4 grams of fat! The majority of the fat contained in the hen consists of the heart healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.
A 3 1/2 oz. serving of roasted Cornish hen contains 23.30 g of protein and 3.87 g of fat. Cornish hens supply high-quality, complete protein that contains all of the essential amino acids. Protein is essential for building and maintaining blood, bones, internal organs and muscles — including the heart — and is vital for the production of hemoglobin. The majority of the fat in Cornish hens consists of heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated essential fatty acids; unhealthy saturated fat in Cornish hens makes up less than 1 g out of every 100. Cornish hens’ reasonable 134 calories per serving is more than justified by the high levels of protein, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids they provide.
So besides looking and tasting delicious, this bird provides some rather good nutrients needed for a healthy body.