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
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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 serving (1 each) equals 224 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 110 mg cholesterol, 77 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 25 g 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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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."

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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