If you’re wondering what to serve with your Cornish hens, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 33 of the most popular side dishes for Cornish hens.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with Cornish hens are honey butter rolls, loaded Lebanese rice, and roasted Brussel sprouts. You can also serve a side of cheesy garlic bread, green beans, and mashed potatoes. For salad options, there’s Mexican Caesar salad, avocado cucumber salad, and fattoush salad.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Herb and garlic mashed potatoes
Elevate your buttery mashed potatoes with some fresh parsley, dill, and roasted garlic.
The roasted garlic brings a sweet flavor, and the herbs bring some freshness.
Don’t forget the gravy!
Psst… for a low-carb option, try this recipe out with mashed cauliflower.
Why we love this recipe: it’s creamy, buttery, and fluffy.
Mexican Caesar salad
Be bold and take a Mexican route for your traditional Caesar salad.
The addition of creamy avocados, salty tortilla chips, and crunchy pumpkin seeds will have your guests hooked.
It’s not too heavy either – with a zesty Greek yogurt dressing.
Why we love this recipe: it only takes 20 minutes to make.
Roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes
You can never go wrong serving some roasted veg next to your juicy Cornish hens.
Roasting vegetables enhances their natural flavors. In this case, we have earthy broccoli balanced out with some sweet potatoes.
But you can roast any vegetables you want.
Why we love this recipe: it’s really convenient because you can roast them at the same time as your meat.
Baked mushroom rice
This baked mushroom rice is an excellent starchy side for your Cornish hens.
As it cooks in the oven, the rice absorbs all the umami goodness from your mushrooms and the broth, making it super flavorful.
It’s a world away from plain white rice.
Psst… mushroom risotto would be great too.
Why we love this recipe: after prep, the oven does the rest of the work for this dish.
Summer fattoush salad
Add a fruity note to your traditional fattoush salad with peaches or nectarines. The sweetness they add makes it an excellent summer salad.
All you need is a few slices of Cornish hen and you have a satisfying (and really yummy) meal.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a 15-minute salad that will brighten your day.
Brussel sprouts and bacon
The whole recipe name for this dish is ‘crispy pan-fried brussel sprouts with balsamic and bacon’, but that was too long for the heading!
Frying the sprouts in the bacon grease makes sure they’re extra crispy, and the charred edges give them an addictive smoky flavor.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for the holiday season.
Cheesy garlic bread
Garlic bread isn’t just for pasta.
My friend served me a side of cheesy garlic bread along with my roast dinner and I was hooked – I mean who doesn’t like garlic bread?
It’s a nice way to soak up all the delicious juices from the Cornish hens.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a crowd-pleasing dish that’s both crunchy and soft.
We’ve had a summer salad, now time for a spring one.
A spring salad at its most basic is a mix of all the best veggies spring has to offer – this one uses asparagus, radish, and pea shoots.
Plus some orzo to give it slightly more substance.
Psst… grill the radish and asparagus for that charred flavor.
Why we love this recipe: it has a super unique and tasty scallion dressing.
Garlic Hasselback potatoes
Cornish hens are like mini chickens, so from one mini thing to another… try these Hasselback potatoes.
They’re everything you love about roasted potatoes and chips all rolled into one dish.
Lightly crisp exteriors, fluffy interiors, and dangerously addicting.
Why we love this recipe: it’s an unusual but tasty way to enjoy potatoes.
A five-minute veggies dish is something you’ll want to have in your back pocket.
Refreshingly light and healthy, this wilted spinach is ideal for busy days.
Why we love this recipe: you only need three ingredients.
Take a more Middle-Eastern approach to your side dish by adding some pomegranate to the mix.
I think pomegranate is a really underutilized ingredient, and it just so happens to go great with Cornish hens.
And the sweet pop you get is balanced out in this salad with some salty feta.
Why we love this recipe: quinoa is filling, but also packed with nutrients.
What To Serve With Cornish Hens
- 1 person Cornish hens
- Prepare your Cornish hens according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: herb and garlic mashed potatoes, Mexican caesar salad, roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes, baked mushroom rice, summer fattoush salad, brussel sprouts and bacon, cheesy garlic bread, spring salad, garlic Hasselback potatoes, lemon spinach, and pomegranate quinoa.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!