Duck Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper, ground
  • 2 – 1 lb. Cornish game hens
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five spice seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped small
  • ½ cup shallot, diced
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 oz fresh blackberries
  • ½ cup chicken stock


  • Salt each side of Cornish game hens thoroughly.
  • Score the skin side dragging the knife diagonally to create a crosshatch pattern.
  • Rub the game hens with the Chinese five-spice, salt and pepper.
  • Combine the ginger and garlic until mixed well. Spread onto the game hens and allow it to marinate for 30 minutes.

Prepare Cornish Game Hens:

  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the game hens to the saucepan, skin side down.
  • Cook on the skin side for about 10 minutes or until the skin is golden and becomes crispy.
  • Flip and cook on the alternate side for 3 minutes.
  • Add brown sugar, rice wine vinegar and blackberries to the pan.
  • Stir until the brown sugar is dissolved, and then add the chicken stock and thyme.
  • Let the pan simmer until half of the liquid has evaporated and then remove the game hens to rest.

Get Ready to Plate:

  • Strain the sauce out of the pan.
  • Slice the game hens and pour the sauce over top.
Dobbes Family Winery Chinese Five Spice Cornish Game Hens Recipe

Wine Pairing

Griffin’s Cuvee Pinot Noir