HOW TO: Cornish Hen In-Flight Plating

Cornish Hen Plating Video

Cornish hen is a relatively new protein source created by cross-breeding specific groups of chickens in the 1950s. The result was a smaller bird that reaches full size in a shorter time and has more white meat. Cornish hen braised in red wine sauce with sauteed mushrooms provides a hearty, warming meal that is perfectly suited for in-flight dining. With five steps, plating the cornish hen is a quick task that is sure to whet your passengers’ appetites.

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Tools and Ingredients

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Tongs
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Plate

Garnish Kit (keep cold)

  • Fresh Herbs

Cornish Hen Entree

  • Cornish Hen
  • Chef’s Choice Starch
  • Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Red Wine Braising Sauce with bacon


  • Heat oven to 275F (135C) and cook for 20 minutes. If necessary, adjust temperature to your oven since ovens can vary.

5 Plating Steps:

  • Place starch slightly off center of plate to build base.
  • Layer mushrooms and vegetables across top.
  • Arrange hen across base of starch and mushrooms.
  • Drizzle braising liquid over and around hen.
  • Garnish with herbs.

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