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Cornish Hens with Rice Stuffing

I came across this recipe a few years ago around Thanksgiving. The golden, juicy hens and festive rice stuffing make a memorable feast for two. Best of all, we're not eating leftovers for days on end.—Kathy Meyer, Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) long grain and wild rice mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1-1/3 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Set the seasoning packet from rice mix aside. In a saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add rice and pecans; cook and stir over low heat for 10 minutes or until rice is golden brown. Stir in the orange juice, water, raisins and contents of seasoning packet; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Spoon about 1/2 cup rice mixture into each hen; refrigerate remaining rice mixture. Tie legs of each hen together; turn wing tips under backs. Place on a greased rack in a roasting pan. Melt remaining butter; brush over hens. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a thermometer reads 165° when inserted in center of stuffing and thigh reaches at least 170°. Baste occasionally with pan drippings. Heat reserved rice mixture; serve with hens.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 1,309 calories, 75 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 328 mg cholesterol, 1,993 mg sodium, 97 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 64 g protein.

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  • sands351
    Apr 8, 2018

    Just put the hens in the oven (have made this many times) and finally remembered to give it a review. We really enjoy this meal. The orange juice in the rice makes this dish. We will continue to enjoy this for years to come.

  • williamsegraves
    Jun 19, 2013

    Delish!! This was quite tasty; especially the the slightly orange-flavored rice. We substituted dried cranberries for the raisins. I will definitely be making this dish again.