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Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens for Two

I found this easy recipe for Cornish hens and prepare it often for my family. The glaze keeps the hens tender and moist, and the skin roasts to a golden glow. It's tasty, too. When the children are gone for the weekend, my husband and I enjoy this meal-perfect for two.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. + standing
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Combine the salt and cayenne. Rub a third of the mixture inside hens. Brush 1 tablespoon butter over hens; sprinkle with remaining seasoning mixture. Place on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the preserves, honey, onion, nutmeg and remaining butter. Cook and stir until preserves are melted. Brush over hens. Bake 35-40 minutes longer or until golden brown and a thermometer reads 180°. Cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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  • Saltsalt
    Mar 28, 2019

    Next time I'll leave out the onion it would have been delicious except for the onion

  • Carol
    Oct 29, 2017

    Very tasty! Made this several times with a wild rice side dish and green beans.

  • Lynne J
    Jan 22, 2008

    I have a convection oven and this cooked faster than the time alloted but it was great. My husband, who rarely comments on something, commented on how good it was and that the skin turned out with a slightly crispy tangy flavor. Four stars for tast and ease