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Mahogany-Glazed Cornish Hen

 Mahogany-Glazed Cornish Hen
I make this for my husband and myself for Thanksgiving dinner. It's an elegant tradition custom-fit for two. —Jeannette Sabo, Lexington Park, Maryland
2 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cornish game hen (20 to 24 ounces), split lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups chicken broth, divided

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450°. Place hen in a greased shallow roasting
  • pan, skin side up. Combine butter, ginger and orange peel; rub under
  • skin.
  • In a small bowl, whisk preserves, vinegar, soy sauce and mustard.
  • Reserve half of the mixture for basting. Spoon remaining mixture
  • over hen; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • into pan.
  • Roast 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads
  • 180°, adding broth to pan as necessary and basting with
  • remaining glaze halfway through cooking. Serve with pan juices.
  • Yield: 2 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1/2 Cornish game hen equals 468 calories, 30 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 192 mg cholesterol, 1,438 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 31 g protein.