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Crisp Cornish Game Hens with Spiced Cranberry-Honey Glaze

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.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2006

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 hen half)

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

Preheat oven to 425°.

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.

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.

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.

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

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
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