The Cornish hen is a small hybrid chicken weighing about 700 g (1 1/2 lbs) after cleaning. Because of its delicate flavour and its size (one hen is just the right amount for 2 servings), it is a perfect choice for a romantic dinner.
Preparation : 10 minCooking : 35 minStanding : 5 min
Keep the plates warm on the stove while you're preparing the dish.
Preheat the oven to 230ºC/450ºF.
Brush a small amount of oil on the hens, then season them with salt and pepper. Put the hens in a baking dish, cut sides down. Cook in the middle of the oven until they are just cooked through and a little golden-coloured, about 30 min.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, simmer the vermouth, garlic, and
herbs until the garlic is softened, about 15 min. Strain the liquid through a sieve to remove the herbs. Put the liquid back into the saucepan and mash the garlic into the liquid. Simmer until the liquid has reached a syrupy consistency and is reduced to a few tablespoons.
Brush this sauce onto the hens, then roast an additional 5 min. Transfer the hens to a dish, cover loosely with aluminum foil, then let stand 5 min.
Deglaze the baking pan with a few tablespoons of water, scraping up any brown bits.
Transfer the hens to the warmed plates, sprinkle with the cooking juices then serve.
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