Love and Spices: Cornish game
hen with preserved lemons

You can also make this delicious recipe using chicken

Recipe by Monique Singer

Previously published on January 25, 2020

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Cornish game hen or chicken with preserved lemons

When cooking, I always like to think outside the box for a dinner menu.
I grew up with Jewish North African cuisine.
This dish is often served on Shabbat, roasted to delicious perfection, with lots of garlic and herbs, Boomer Gold potatoes and homemade preserved lemons.
My granddaughter’s favourite. Love you Zo!

Preparation time: 20 min | Cooking time: 1h15 min | Preheat oven: 375°F/190°C | Yields: 4 to 6 servings

  • 2 Cornish game hens, well washed and pat dry
  • Or 1 chicken
  • 1.5 lb / 680 g small potatoes, Boomer Gold, whole
  • 1/2 cup preserved lemon, chopped
  • 3 lemons, juiced about 1/2 cup
  • 2 organic whole garlic heads, peeled, about 20 cloves
  • 4 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp grape seed oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tbsp sage, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chicken soup mix seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

In a mixing bowl, stir in 2 tablespoons mustard, 2 tablespoons oil, 1/4 tablespoon paprika, 1 tablespoon chicken soup seasoning mix, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, 1 teaspoon tarragon, 1 teaspoon rosemary, 1 teaspoon sage, 1/4 cup lemon juice and combine.
Spread the mixture evenly on the hens and place in the oven dish.


Season the potatoes in a bowl, mixing in 2 tablespoons mustard, 2 tablespoons oil, preserved lemon, remaining 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice.
Sprinkle the chopped herbs, add 1 tablespoon chicken soup mix seasoning.
Add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon paprika and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne over the potatoes and garlic cloves and combine.
Place the potatoes around the hens.
Cover and roast for 1 hour, baste occasionally, uncover, mix, and brown for another 10 minutes.

Images: Anne Fillion

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