Gian Campanella's Oven Roasted Rock Hens

Serves 4


  • 1/2 Cup King Arthur Unbleached, All-Purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Rock Cornish Game Hens, cleaned and quartered
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 3 medium red potatoes, washed and cut into wedges
  • 1-16 ounce can Italian peeled tomatoes orRoma tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves , peeled and smashed
  • 1 Leaves fromSprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 LeavesSprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 basil leaves torn into large pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Mix the flour with salt and pepper in a plastic bag. Place each piece of game hen in the bag and shake to coat. Remove hens from the bag and shake off excess flour; set aside.
  3. Place a large roasting pan over medium heat, add oil olive and carefully place the hens into the pan; sear them on both sides until golden brown; remove and place on dish; set aside.
  4. To the hot pan add onions and cook until they begin to turn brown; shut off the heat and add white wine, potatoes, tomatoes, fresh herbs and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place seared hens on top and cover. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes.
  6. For a little extra zip add ¼ cup capers and ¼ cup calamata olives when you add the tomatoes.
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