Figgy Piggy Cornish Hens

Figgy Piggy Cornish Hens Healthy Recipe

8 Servings 45 min Cook

Macros/Serving: 318 Calories
Tags: | meat


8 Bird Cornish Game Hens, Meat Only
3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
8 Oz Bacon
12 Medium (2-1/4" dia) Figs
3/4 Tsp Pepper
1 1/4 Tsp Salt
24 Tsp Thyme
4 Clove Garlic


Thinly slice garlic clove.

Cut bacon and figs in half.

Preheat oven to 500F with rack in upper third.

Cook bacon in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-low heat until crisp.

Transfer to paper towels to drain.

Add garlic to skillet and cook, stirring, until golden, about 1 minute.

Transfer to paper towels with bacon.

Pat hens dry and season with 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper.

Add fat in the skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke.

Brown 4 hen halves, skin side down, about 6 minutes.

Transfer, skin side up, to a large 4-sided sheet pan.

Brown remaining hens, transferring to sheet pan.

Reserve skillet.

Scatter thyme and figs over hens, then roast until hens are cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, deglaze skillet with lemon juice by simmering, stirring and scraping up brown bits, 30 seconds.

Pour over roast hens.

Scatter bacon and garlic over hens.