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Honey Lemon Cornish Hens

Yield 6 servings.


  • 3 (1-pound) Cornish hens, skinned
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • Wild rice (optional)
  • Fresh herbs (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 267
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 8.1 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 23.8 g
  • carbohydrate 24.5 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 73 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 353 mg
  • calcium 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Remove giblets from hens; reserve for another use. Rinse hens under cold running water, and pat dry. Split each hen in half lengthwise, using an electric knife. Sprinkle evenly with pepper. Place hens, cut side down, on rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray.

  2. Combine honey and next 3 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.

  3. Brush hens with half of honey mixture. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Brush with additional honey mixture, and bake an additional 30 to 35 minutes or until hens are done, basting frequently with remaining honey mixture. Transfer hens to a serving platter. If desired, serve with wild rice and garnish with fresh herbs.

Light and Luscious