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Glazed Cornish Hens Recipe
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Glazed Cornish Hens Recipe

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If you're looking to add a touch of elegance to your Christmas dinner table, our Test Kitchen home economists suggest these Cornish game hens topped with a sweet apricot glaze.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each), split lengthwise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/3 cup apricot spreadable fruit
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place hens, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine spreadable fruit and orange juice. Spoon some of the apricot mixture over the hens. Bake 30-35 minutes longer or until golden brown and juices run clear, basting several times with remaining apricot mixture. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Glazed Cornish Hens in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p20

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Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"I also used orange marmalade on the hens and served with the Apricot Rice Stuffing at Easter dinner. Well received!"

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"I served this on Christmas eve.It was so easy to fix and I was out of the kitchen in no time flat!! The family raved about it!!"

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"I didn't have any apricot spreadable jam so I used orange marmalade. It was really good and so easy to fix. My husband enjoyed it. Served it with mac and cheese, mixed vegetables, dressing and Hawaiian rolls."

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"I fixed this for Sunday dinner today. It turned out beautifully! Such an easy recipe -- such spectacular results! Served with baked sweet potato and steamed asparagus. Mmmmmm!"

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