Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens Recipe
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Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens Recipe

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One year, I served this recipe and got nothing but raves. My family prefers these moist glazed hens instead of turkey.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/3 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/3 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup grated orange peel
  • 4 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 1475 calories, 99g fat (32g saturated fat), 462mg cholesterol, 1047mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 4g fiber), 75g protein.


  1. In a skillet, saute the onion, celery and almonds in butter. Add rice, sugar, salt, thyme and orange peel; mix well. Loosely stuff hens. Place, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow baking pan. In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients; spoon some over hens. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40 minutes. Cover and bake 40 minutes longer until juices run clear, brushing often with remaining glaze. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2001, p24

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