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Glazed Cornish Hens

If you're looking to add a touch of elegance to your holiday dinner table, we suggest these Cornish game hens topped with a sweet apricot glaze. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each), split lengthwise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/3 cup apricot spreadable fruit
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place hens, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine spreadable fruit and orange juice. Spoon some of the apricot mixture over the hens. Bake until golden brown and juices run clear, 30-35 minutes, basting several times with remaining apricot mixture. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 hen: 402 calories, 24g fat (7g saturated fat), 175mg cholesterol, 233mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 30g protein.

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  • Kimberly
    Dec 26, 2019

    I was thrust into a position of having to make Christmas dinner for my hubby and me. With no time to thaw the turkey, I opted for the smaller cornish hens. My husband raved about them, calling them juicy and tender, moist and not dry. He actually finished the breast meat first! I will definitely be making these again, perhaps with orange marmalade because I love that too. I, too, omitted the onion as a previous reviewer did because I'm not wild about onions on the hens.

  • mereneth
    Oct 10, 2018

    Made this the other night,husband and kids loved it,but I made steamed rice and veggies for the side lol??

  • homemadewithlove
    Apr 7, 2015

    I also used orange marmalade on the hens and served with the Apricot Rice Stuffing at Easter dinner. Well received!

  • jo-sue
    Jan 6, 2015

    I served this on Christmas eve.It was so easy to fix and I was out of the kitchen in no time flat!! The family raved about it!!

  • MattieL
    Dec 7, 2013

    I didn't have any apricot spreadable jam so I used orange marmalade. It was really good and so easy to fix. My husband enjoyed it. Served it with mac and cheese, mixed vegetables, dressing and Hawaiian rolls.

  • Mycatatom
    Sep 22, 2013

    I fixed this for Sunday dinner today. It turned out beautifully! Such an easy recipe -- such spectacular results! Served with baked sweet potato and steamed asparagus. Mmmmmm!

  • nicki5858
    Nov 5, 2005

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