Double Skin Game Bird

When looking at the many different ways to keep game birds moist, we thought we had tried them all until we ended up with a stewing chicken that needed to be skinless for a recipe and a pheasant that needed skin. Hence, a second skin bird was born!

You can use any small game bird for this recipe. Try pheasant, grouse, pigeon, or quail. The pan is lined with onions to collect the juices while roasting and makes a great side dish. You can also add sliced root vegetables, like potatoes or carrots, to the pan.

This recipe is from Tiffany’s book Cooking Game Birds. To buy this book, and many more, visit here.

Double Skin Game Bird Recipe

Although low in fat the skin is still one of the best sources of fat with a game bird, so if one is good two are better. Meet the Double Skin Game Bird.
Preparation 20 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pheasant (2 chukar/grouse, 3 pigeons or 4 quail), cleaned and dressed
  • skin from one chicken
  • 1 onion sliced
  • olive oil


  • toothpicks


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • Salt and pepper the inside and outside of the bird(s). 
  • If cooking more than one bird, divide the chicken skin into equal parts. Drape the chicken skin over the game bird(s), securing with toothpicks if needed. 
  • Place the onions in a shallow roasting pan, placing the bird(s) on top. Drizzle with olive oil. 
  • Roast for 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches 150 to 160 degrees F (66 to 71 degrees C). Baste occasionally with pan drippings. 
  • Let sit 10 minutes before carving.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 714kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 90gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 282mgSodium: 181mgPotassium: 999mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 634IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 4mg

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About Tiffany Haugen

Tiffany Haugen has lived a semi-subsistence lifestyle for nearly 30 years. From the wild Arctic of Alaska to the jungles of Sumatra, Indonesia to her current home in the Pacific Northwest, hunting and fishing are what put Tiffany’s meals on the table.

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