If game hen recipes have intimidated you in the past, overcome your fears by making this Cornish hen recipe. It's even tastier than other easy chicken recipes out there, and it's simple enough for even beginner cooks to tackle.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Sprinkle the cavity of each hen with salt and pepper; add one onion quarter and one thyme sprig to the cavity of each hen. Place hens in a roasting pan or large baking dish; pour 1 cup of the sherry over hens and inside cavities. Arrange hens, breast sides up, in roasting pan. Rub hens with butter to coat; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan combine oil, shallot, and the remaining 1/2 cup sherry. Bring to boiling over high heat. Stir in raisins, dates, apricots, and a pinch of salt; immediately remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in almonds, honey, and cumin.
Cut each hen in half lengthwise. Arrange hen halves on serving platter; pour pan drippings over hens. Top with fruit-almond mixture.