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Baked Cornish Hens

 Baked Cornish Hens
Make it easy on yourself--bake Cornish hens with a simple wild rice, dried apricot and almond stuffing all in one dish. Serve with a green vegetable and cranberry relish. To save time, start with precooked wild rice, sold in pouches in the rice section.
4 ServingsPrep: 70 min. Bake: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds
  • 1 cup apricot nectar, divided
  • 1/2 cup sweet white wine or apple juice, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • Dash ground cinnamon

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring broth and rice to a boil. Reduce heat;
  • cover and simmer for 60-70 minutes or until rice is tender and
  • liquid is absorbed.
  • Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, saute onion and celery in oil until
  • tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the apricots,
  • almonds, 1/3 cup apricot nectar, 1/4 cup wine, 1/4 teaspoon salt,
  • poultry seasoning and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Stir into cooked rice.

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Baked Cornish Hens (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Spoon mixture into four mounds in a shallow roasting pan coated with
  • cooking spray; top each with a Cornish hen half. Cover and bake at
  • 375° for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until
  • a thermometer reads 180°.
  • In a large saucepan, combine remaining nectar and wine. Bring to a
  • boil; cook for 5-7 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup. Add the
  • vinegar, cinnamon and remaining salt and pepper. Reduce heat; cook
  • and stir over medium-low heat for 1 minute. Serve with hens and
  • rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1/2 Cornish hen (skin removed) with 1/2 cup rice and 1 tablespoon apricot sauce equals 610 calories, 28 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 174 mg cholesterol, 744 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 37 g protein.