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Glazed Cornish Hen with Rice Pilaf Recipe

Glazed Cornish Hen with Rice Pilaf Recipe

This easy but elegant entree makes a lovely centerpiece for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner. The peach-mustard glaze adds a sweet tang to the moist, tender poultry, which is perched on a mound of mildly seasoned pilaf. It's bound to draw praise from your sweetheart!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 70 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing YIELD:2 servings


  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup cooked wild rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled tart apple
  • 1/4 cup white wine or apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • Dash curry powder
  • 1/4 cup peach preserves
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 Cornish game hen (20 ounces), split lengthwise


  • 1. In a bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; set aside. In a saucepan, combine the preserves, mustard, horseradish and tarragon. Cook and stir over medium heat until preserves are melted. Carefully loosen skin around hen breast, thighs and drumsticks. Set aside 1/4 cup glaze; spoon remaining glaze under skin.
  • 2. Place the rice mixture in two mounds in an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray; arrange hen halves skin side up over rice. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 45-55 minutes or until meat juices run clear. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Warm reserved glaze; brush over hen halves. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 516 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 121mg cholesterol, 558mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 33g protein.

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