Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
55 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1/2 hen (5 ounces meat))
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Paige Hicks

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°. Place a wire rack in a roasting pan or on a heavy-duty baking sheet.

Step 2

Smash garlic cloves with the back of your knife; then, with the flat side of your knife, press them to grind to a fine paste with the sugar and salt against the cutting board.

Step 3

Combine garlic mixture, chopped sage, rind, and oil in a small bowl.

Step 4

Pat hens dry with paper towels. Rub garlic mixture under skins.

Step 5

Place hens on rack; roast at 425° for 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 160°.

Step 6

Remove hens; let stand 5 minutes. Remove and discard skin. Split hens along breast plate. Serve with lemons.

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