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Cornish Hen vs. Chicken

EggspertEggspert Posts: 142
edited 5:00AM in EggHead Forum
Does anyone think there is a big difference between CH and the regular chic? I have never cooked a CH and wanted to Spatchcock one but, I am unsure of if the taste would be better or the same. Any thoughts?


  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,980

    Cornish hens are in fact immature chickens.



    Caledon, ON


  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,180
    We enjoy an occasional Cornish Hen and sometimes I'll splat-**** them but other times I beer butt them using the small Willie Chicken sitters like the one in the back. The front one is for a regular chicken.

    Taste wise I think they are just more delicate and obviously less meat, but each person gets their own whole bird!
    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    Eggspert....Cornish Hens are a wonderful treat! More tender than a chicken, though you may not detect much of a flavor difference at all. A Cornish Hen is a special crossbreed, and you will find proportionately more breast meat than you would on a regular chicken. They are specially bread, and as sold are at their mature state (sorry Steve).
    They would be fantastic Spatchcocked. Here are a couple I did "leaping frog" style.....
    These were cooked indirect at 400-425* dome, and were done in about 40 minutes. (Remember cook to internal temps, not time. 160-165* breast, 180*+ thighs)
    Wishing you the best! :) ;)
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,980

    Rock Cornish hen is a special small breed. Most of what is sold in the stores is young chicken in the five week old range. Just did some research on it a couple of weeks ago. :kiss:



    Caledon, ON


  • You are correct sir.
  • You can get three stuffed on a mini over some veggies :)


    Gotta try that leaping froggy thing - bet they cook phast B)
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 5,009
    Again, this is just a great cook you did on the Mini.
    Your photo tells the story perfect.
    Thank you,

    Galveston Texas
  • 5 week chickens are in the range of 4.5 lbs. Cornish hens are different than broilers. (trust me)
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