You are here: Home » Recipes » Lemon Butter Cornish Hens Lemon Butter Cornish Hens Recipe by Favorite Recipes Press Yield 4 servings Cornish hens are basted in a zesty lemon butter sauce and cooked to perfection. PrintEmail Ingredients 4 -- Cornish game hens1 cup vodka8 -- thin slices lemon8 -- thin slices butter2 teaspoons salt1 teaspoon white pepper2 teaspoons crushed tarragon1 1/2 sticks butter2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind3 tablespoons lemon juice1 1/2 cups chicken broth2 tablespoons whipping cream1/2 cup sour cream Instructions Coat the hens with vodka inside and out; let rest for 15 minutes. Carefully loosen skin over the breast with fingers, making a pocket. Place 2 slices lemon and 2 slices butter in the skin pockets of each hen. Season inside and out with a mixture of salt, white pepper and tarragon. Place hens in a baking pan; coat with the Lemon Basting Sauce (butter, rind and lemon juice). Pour chicken broth in bottom of baking pan. Bake at 450F for 15 mintues. Baste. Reduce heat to 375F; cook for 30 to 45 minutes or until done. Remove Cornish hens from pan. For sauce, reduce pan liquids to 1/2 volume; add whipping cream and sour cream. Simmer to thicken. Recipe reprinted with permission from Telephone Pioneers of America’s Calling All Cooks two (by: Telephone Pioneers of America, Alabama Chapter No. 34., 1988).