Baked Cornish Hens

Total Time

Prep: 70 min. Bake: 1 hour


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Make it easy on yourself--bake Cornish hens with a simple wild rice, dried apricot and almond stuffing all in one dish. Serve with a green vegetable and cranberry relish. To save time, start with precooked wild rice, sold in pouches in the rice section.


  • 2-1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds
  • 1 cup apricot nectar, divided
  • 1/2 cup sweet white wine or apple juice, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each), cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • Dash ground cinnamon


  1. In a small saucepan, bring broth and rice to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 60-70 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, saute onion and celery in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the apricots, almonds, 1/3 cup apricot nectar, 1/4 cup wine, 1/4 teaspoon salt, poultry seasoning and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Stir into cooked rice.
  3. Spoon mixture into 4 mounds in a shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray; top each with a Cornish hen half. Cover and bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 180°.
  4. In a large saucepan, combine remaining nectar and wine. Bring to a boil; cook for 5-7 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup. Add the vinegar, cinnamon and remaining salt and pepper. Reduce heat; cook and stir over medium-low heat for 1 minute. Serve with hens and rice.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 450 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 150mg cholesterol, 681mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 4g fiber), 40g protein.