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March 27, 2013

Orange Marmalade Glazed Cornish Hens

Also known as a Rock Cornish hen, this small, usually 2 pound chicken is perfect for an elegant dinner. The meat is tender and juicy. There are many ways to prepare a Cornish hen but this is one of my favorites.

Serves 2-4
Total time: 1:15


  • 2 Cornish Hens
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 Cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste


    Preheat oven 400 degrees. Place hens in roasting pan breast side up, pat dry with paper towel. Rub butter into skin of each hen. Generously pat with salt and pepper.

    Meanwhile combine broth, jelly, orange zest and Grand Marnier together in medium saucepan. Heat on medium heat until smooth consistency.

    Loosely stuff hens with about ½ cup of a prepared rice. Baste hens with the apricot glaze. Cook hens 15 minutes in preheated oven. Reduce heat to 350, baste hens with glaze again and cook additional 25-30 minutes, baste again and cook additional 5 minutes. If the hens start to over brown, lightly cover with foil during cooking time. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

    Internal temperature should reach 180 degrees.

    Pour of pan juices and heat until reduced by 1/2. Pour through sieve.

    Serve with hens

    Complete the meal:
    Herbed Zucchini Bundles and Basmati Rice with apricots and almonds

    Other ways to prepare Cornish Hens
    Raspberry Glazed
    Honey Mustard Glazed
    Herb Rubbed

  • Posted by terri at March 27, 2013 05:55 PM