There are a lot of different ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. Some people enjoy going out for dinner at a restaurant, some prefer to have big family dinners, and some people just like to enjoy good food with their significant other. If you are a couple, small family, or just a couple of friends that don’t have the time or appetite for a big holiday meal, this recipe may be a good option for you.

This Thanksgiving for two recipes is easy to make and gives you the same flavors you might find in a traditional holiday meal. If you want to enjoy a nice meal for the holiday but don’t want a lot of leftovers, it’s a great option. While this recipe is inspired by Thanksgiving and perfect for the occasion, you can enjoy it any time of year.

Ingredients Substitutions

While this recipe is great just the way it is, you can make changes to it if desired. If you don’t like Cornish hens or can’t find them, you could easily swap them out for small chickens or even duck or turkey. You can also leave out the stuffing or fix it separately from the meat instead of cooking it inside the bird.

You can also use any vegetables you choose. You can substitute the green beans for something different or just add other vegetables to the meal to make it heartier and more satisfying.

When To Serve Thanksgiving for Two

As the name of this recipe suggests, the best time to serve Thanksgiving for two would be for Thanksgiving. You could easily serve it for other holidays as well. It’s ideal for Christmas dinner, New Years Day, and even Easter. If you are planning to visit family a few days after Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a big meal there, you may want to make this recipe on Thanksgiving. It will give you a beautiful holiday meal without any leftover to have to worry about saving while you are gone. You also won’t have a lot of dishes to clean up.

How to Serve This Thanksgiving for Two Recipe

The best way to serve this meal is on a large platter. Just arrange your hens on the tray and add the vegetables around them. You can also add your favorite bread and other sides if desired. Since this recipe is meant to be simple and not use a lot of dishes, a simple plating option in the best. You can also serve it on individual plates if desired.

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Thanksgiving for Two

  • Author: MomsWhoThink
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 1 (8 ounce) package dry bread stuffing mix
  • 2 Cornish game hens
  • 3 Tablespoons seasoning salt
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen green beans
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup chicken broth


  1. Prepare dry bread stuffing mix according to package directions. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Using fingers, separate the skin and meat of the Cornish game hens, and rub 1 tablespoon seasoning salt into the meat of each hen. Rub remaining seasoning salt into the cavities of the hens. Stuff each cavity with about 1½ cups prepared stuffing.
  3. Place hens and green beans in an oven bag. Bake 80 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear.
  4. Drain hen drippings into a medium saucepan. Over medium heat, stir in flour until bubbly. Gradually mix in chicken broth. Stirring occasionally, cook until a thick gravy has formed.
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 80
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