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Contest-Winning Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens Recipe
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Contest-Winning Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens Recipe

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This is a wonderfully elegant entree to serve at a cozy dinner party for four. Your guests will think you spent hours in the kitchen preparing the tender golden-brown hens and perfecting the full-flavored basting sauce. —Laurie Bartley Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Madeira wine,sherry or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/2 each) equals 682 calories, 40 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 235 mg cholesterol, 819 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 35 g protein.

Directions

  1. Tie legs of each hen together; turn wing tips under backs. Place on a greased rack in a roasting pan. Brush with butter; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Spoon over hens. Bake 15 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 180°. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p27

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/2 each) equals 682 calories, 40 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 235 mg cholesterol, 819 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 35 g protein.

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

Reviews for Contest-Winning Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens(3)

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

It was good, We ate 1/2 hen (like said above) and we were full, We ate with baked potato, green beans and whole grain roll...

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Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

The serving size indicates 'half' yet 4 hens serve 4 people. Can I presume that 682 calories is a whole hen each?

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Reviewed Jan. 25, 2008

These are just incredible! The pan drippings make a nice dipping sauce for fries!

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