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Apple-Glazed Cornish Hens

From Donna Mussina of White Oak, Pennsylvania, these golden brown game hens are treated to a citrusy cinnamon-apple glaze that's simple but special enough for a standout entree.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup thawed apple juice concentrate
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Tie legs of each hen together; tuck wings under hens. Place on a greased rack in a roasting pan. In a small saucepan, combine cornstarch and apple juice concentrate until smooth. Stir in the lemon slices and cinnamon. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened.
  • Spoon half of the glaze over the hens. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with remaining glaze.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 224 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 25g protein.

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  • Kaffaroni
    Jan 12, 2014

    Very tasty glaze! Cornish hens are very expensive where I live so when I tried this, I substituted skin-on chicken breasts and reduced cooking time.

  • caree929
    Feb 13, 2011

    This is one of my absolute favorite ways to make cornish hens! I've made it for just my husband and I and guests and it's always gotten good reviews. It also smells wonderful while roasting!