Gallina Borrachas (Drunken Game Hens)


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.

Drunken Game Hens
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Roast Time:
50 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 4 1 pound Cornish game hens

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • 1 large onion, quartered

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 1 ½ cup dry sherry

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • ¼ cup raisins

  • ¼ cup pitted whole dates, chopped

  • ¼ cup dried apricots, sliced

  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Preheat oven to 400°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.

  2. Roast hens for 50 to 55 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in an inside thigh muscle of each hen registers 180°F, basting hens with juices from bottom of the pan every 10 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand for 5 minutes before carving.

  3. 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.

  4. Cut each hen in half lengthwise. Arrange hen halves on serving platter; pour pan drippings over hens. Top with fruit-almond mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

679 Calories
43g Fat
20g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 679
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 244mg 81%
Sodium 338mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 750mg 16%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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