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Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens

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Thirty years ago in a life that seems so far away, was a college student determined to prepare fancy date night meals without having any cooking skills what so ever! I believe that the original recipe for these Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens was found in one of those dollar cookbooks that you can buy in the check out lanes in the grocery store.

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The cookbook is long gone, but the memory of this amazing Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens lives on and needed to be recreated. I am pretty sure that I served it with a boxed Rice Pilaf, but I’m all grown up now and know how to make it from scratch, LOL

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Not only are they delicious, they are also crazy easy to make!

How to make Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens:

Start by tying the legs together, if desired, and season all sides with salt and pepper.

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Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet, in a preheated 375 degree oven, breast side up for one hour.

While your game hens are cooking, mix the glaze ingredients together and set aside.

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Brush/baste the game hens with the glaze during the last 20 minutes, then again during the last ten. They are done when the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees.

Remove from oven and serve with Rice Pilaf or side of your choice.

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They’re not just for date night, they are perfect any night of the week!!

Recipe Notes:

  • I baked my Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens on a Quarter Sheet Baking Pan.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled or quadrupled if needed.
  • It is also a good idea to turn you pan when you baste for more even browning.
  • All ovens cook differently, using a thermometer is the best way to tell when they are done. This is the Instant Read Thermometer that I use.

More delicious Dinner for Two recipes:

See, I told you that they were super simple to prepare….and oh, so tasty!

Enjoy!!

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Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens

Jazz up date night with these delicious Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens served on a bed of Rice Pilaf, for a fancy yet easy to prepare meal.
4.11 from 47 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner, for, two, game, hens, orange, soy, sauce, easy, recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 1040kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 2 cornish game hens (1 to 1.25 pounds each)
  • sea salt and ground black pepper

Orange Glaze

  • .25 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  • Start by tying the legs together, if desired, and season all sides with salt and pepper.
  • Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet, in a preheated 375 degree oven, breast side up for one hour.
  • While your game hens are cooking, mix the glaze ingredients together and set aside
  • Brush/baste the game hens with the glaze during the last 20 minutes, then again during the last ten. They are done when the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees.
  • Remove from oven and serve with Rice Pilaf or side of your choice.

Notes

  • I baked my Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens on a Quarter Sheet Baking Pan.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled or quadrupled if needed.
  • It is also a good idea to turn you pan when you baste for more even browning.
  • All ovens cook differently, using a thermometer is the best way to tell when they are done. This is the Instant Read Thermometer that I use.

Nutrition

Calories: 1040kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 78g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 455mg | Sodium: 649mg | Potassium: 1062mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 486IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 4mg

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5 Comments

  1. These hens look so pretty, and I’m sure they are quite delicious! Looking forward to your rice pilaf recipe! Will be making this dish for the next special occasion.

  2. 5 stars
    It’s been a few years since I’ve made Cornish Hens. Saw them at the grocery store and thought I’d make for dinner tonight. Found your recipe and substituted the orange marmalade for apricot and peach that I had on hand. Didn’t have the honey so I used maple syrup. I have to say, my husband was impressed and so was I. They turned out so YUMMY!!!!!

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