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Low-Carb & Paleo Cornish Game Hens

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I'm pleased to introduce Tina Turbin, who is the recipe developer, cook and author at PaleOmazing, a food blog devoted to low-carb & paleo living. This recipe is the perfect dish for the festive season!

We are well into the holiday season and many of you may still be considering a main dish for your family feast. Perhaps you’d like to switch things up and try something new with my Keto Paleo Cornish Hen with Grain-Free stuffing recipe! Who am I? I am Tina Turbin of

Cornish Game Hen has always been one of my favorites. It has a unique taste that’s perfect for this season and when you plate it up, prepare to amaze your guests as they marvel at your culinary creation. No need to attend culinary school for this dish, you will be surprised at how easy it is to cook this clean protein. Plus it’s completely gluten free and keto and of course it’s full of flavor and juicy on the inside. Enjoy and happiest of holidays to you! Many more recipes of mine can be found on my site.

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Allergy information for Low-Carb & Paleo Cornish Game Hens

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
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Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs10.1 grams
Protein32.5 grams
Fat32.2 grams
Calories478 kcal

Calories from carbs 9%, protein 28%, fat 63%

Total carbs15.8 gramsFiber5.7 gramsSugars7.4 gramsSaturated fat11.9 gramsSodium751 mg(33% RDA)Magnesium73 mg(18% RDA)Potassium1,182 mg(59% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 2 medium sized Cornish Game Hens (900 g/ 2 lb)
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic salt (or 1:1 garlic powder and salt)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 6 cups cooked and drained cauliflower “rice” or cooked white rice for those eating rice, avoid rice for keto, only use cauliflower rice (720 g/ 1.6 lb)
  • 2-3 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 2 medium yellow onions, finely chopped (220 g/ 7.8 oz)
  • 2 medium celery stalks, diced into medium pieces, about 3/4 cup (80 g/ 2.8 oz)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage or 2 tsp dried
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried
  • Oil, butter or ghee to grease pan
Optional Orange Sauce (avoid for keto):
  • 1 cup fresh, no pulp orange juice (240 ml)
  • 1/8 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup organic honey
  • Optional: 1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce

Note: You may serve the hens on plain "cauliflower" rice or plain rice and omit any seasoning if you prefer.


  1. Preheat oven to 220 °C/ 425 °F degrees. Grease your glass Pyrex dish, or baking dish of choice with oil, butter or ghee. Cut hens in halves. Salt and pepper the hens. Salt inside the cavity. Sprinkle the paprika and garlic on the hens. Add some fresh cracked pepper and a few pinches of salt.
  2. Heat your skillet and warm the butter. Cook your onions until clear and soft. Add your celery and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring the whole time.
  3. Remove from heat source. Add your cauliflower or rice and stir. Add in your parsley, sage and thyme.
  4. Place “stuffing” in the baking dish and spread evenly. Place the hens skin side up on the pan. Cover with foil lightly.
  5. Roast in the 220 °C/ 425 °F degree oven for 40 minutes. Uncover and reduce oven to 190 °C/ 375 °F degrees. Bake for another 15 minutes, uncovered, until golden on top. Add some additional butter or ghee to the stuffing as needed. Remove and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
  6. Salt to taste. Optionally, serve with Orange Sauce: Add all ingredients to a saucepan and heat up. Serve on top of the dish or as an optional side condiment. Enjoy!

Low-Carb & Paleo Cornish Game Hens

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Chicken, cornish game hens, meat and skin, raw
0 g27.9 g22.8 g325 kcal
Paprika, spices
0.2 g0.2 g0.1 g3 kcal
Garlic powder, spices
0.5 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Cauliflower rice, homemade (cauli-rice, KetoDiet app)
5.3 g3.5 g0.5 g45 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0.1 g8.6 g76 kcal
Onion, brown (yellow), raw
3.5 g0.5 g0.1 g20 kcal
Celery stalk, fresh
0.3 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0.2 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Sage, fresh
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Thyme, fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving
10.1 g32.5 g32.2 g478 kcal
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