The true Cornish game hen is a crossbreed that results in a small-sized chicken. But it’s hard to know if the little single-serving bird labelled “Cornish game hen” you bought at your supermarket is actually of the Cornish variety. The USDA requires that chickens sold as Cornish game hens must weigh no more than 2 pounds, ready to cook. And nothing more. It might not even be a “hen.”
In any case, they make a nice presentation. They can be stuffed, or seasoned as you would a normal-sized chicken, and they’re perfect for a single serving. carswell describes the flavor as bland and best cooked with fruit and other flavorful ingredients. They are succulent and juicy.