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Cornish Hens with Cranberry Stuffing Recipe

Cornish Hens with Cranberry Stuffing Recipe

Serving Cornish hens to our young sons makes them feel like kings! I often have to make extra stuffing to have on hand for leftovers. —Marjorie O'Dell, Bow, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 4 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)


  • 1. Cut bread into 1/2-in. cubes; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 300° for 15 minutes or until toasted and dry. In a bowl, combine the cranberries, sugar, orange peel, salt and cinnamon; mix well. Stir in bread cubes and raisins. Add 1 tablespoon butter and enough orange juice until stuffing reaches desired moistness.
  • 2. Loosely stuff hens; rub skin with remaining butter. Place in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until juices run clear and a meat thermometer inserted into stuffing reads 165°. Yield: 4 servings.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.