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Cornish Hens With Barley-Mushroom Stuffing

Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill
Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 (1 1/2-pound) Cornish hens
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup uncooked barley
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup chopped water chestnuts
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • Garnish: green onions

How to Make It

  1. Place hens in a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag.

  2. Stir together soy sauce and next 3 ingredients; pour into cavities and over hens. Seal and chill, turning often, 3 to 4 hours.

  3. Bring barley and broth to a boil in a saucepan; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in mush-rooms, water chestnuts, and chopped green onions.

  4. Remove hens from marinade, reserving marinade.

  5. Stuff hen cavities with barley mixture, reserving extra mixture. Place hens, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.

  6. Bake at 375° for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into stuffing registers 165°, basting occasionally with reserved marinade. Serve with reserved barley mixture. Garnish, if desired.