Crisp Cornish Game Hens with Spiced Cranberry-Honey Glaze

Coat the measuring cup with cooking spray before measuring honey, and it will slip out easily. Red pepper adds kick to the glaze.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 hen half)
Recipe from Cooking Light

More From Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 407
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 12.8g
  • Saturated fat: 2.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.5g
  • Protein: 49.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 21.6g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 225mg
  • Iron: 1.9mg
  • Sodium: 372mg
  • Calcium: 41mg

Ingredients

  • Hens:
  • 2 (1 1/4-pound) Cornish hens
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Glaze:
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. To prepare hens, remove and discard giblets and necks from hens. Remove skin; trim excess fat. Split hens in half lengthwise. Combine thyme, salt, black pepper, and 2 minced garlic cloves. Rub surface of hens with thyme mixture.
  3. To prepare glaze, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 minced garlic clove, and cook 1 minute. Add cranberries, juice, honey, cinnamon, and red pepper; bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes or until slightly syrupy.
  4. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add hens, breast side down; cook 3 minutes. Place hens, breast side up, on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Brush hens with half of glaze. Bake at 425° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer registers 165°, brushing occasionally with remaining glaze.
  5. Wine note: Both game birds and cranberry sauce are terrific partners for pinot noir. Because pinot noir has an earthy, sweet character, it perfectly highlights the meaty sweetness of a roasted bird. At the same time, pinot noir's good acidity is just the ticket as a complement to the cranberries. Try La Crema Pinot Noir 2004 from Russian River Valley, California ($29). -Karen MacNeil
My Notes

Only you will be able to view, print, and edit this note.

Add Note

Crisp Cornish Game Hens with Spiced Cranberry-Honey Glaze Recipe at a Glance
advertisement
  1. Enter at least one ingredient

You want chicken? We've got it!

Chicken Tonight
Get endless recipe ideas for this dinnertime staple, emailed weekly.
We Respect Your Privacy. Privacy Policy