Apple-Glazed Cornish Hens Recipe
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Apple-Glazed Cornish Hens Recipe

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From Donna Mussina of White Oak, Pennsylvania, these golden brown game hens are treated to a citrusy cinnamon-apple glaze that's simple but special enough for a standout entree.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup thawed apple juice concentrate
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 224 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0g fiber), 25g protein .


  1. Tie legs of each hen together; tuck wings under hens. Place on a greased rack in a roasting pan. In a small saucepan, combine cornstarch and apple juice concentrate until smooth. Stir in the lemon slices and cinnamon. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened.
  2. Spoon half of the glaze over the hens. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with remaining glaze. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Apple-Glazed Cornish Hens in Quick Cooking November/December 2004, p15

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Kaffaroni 125212
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"Very tasty glaze! Cornish hens are very expensive where I live so when I tried this, I substituted skin-on chicken breasts and reduced cooking time."

caree929 151477
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"This is one of my absolute favorite ways to make cornish hens! I've made it for just my husband and I and guests and it's always gotten good reviews. It also smells wonderful while roasting!"

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