Cranberry-Glazed Cornish Hens

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Oregon is noted for its cranberry production and has many bogs throughout the state. In the Northwest, we use cranberries in a great variety of ways-in sauce, as a complement to meats, and in baked goods like cakes and muffins.


  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) chicken gravy
  • 1/2 cup jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3 Cornish game hens (1-1/2 pounds each)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooked wild rice
  • Orange slices


  1. In 1-qt. saucepan, combine the gravy, cranberry sauce, mustard and orange zest. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until glaze is smooth.
  2. Cut hens in half lengthwise; rinse and pat dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on rack with drip pan, skin side down; spoon half of the glaze over hens.
  3. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Turn hens; bake 25 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with remaining glaze.
  4. Serve on bed of wild rice and garnish with twists of thinly sliced orange.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts: 1/2 game hen (calculated without salt and rice) equals 942 calories, 63 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 450 mg cholesterol, 504 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 77 g protein.