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Orange-Ginger Glazed Cornish Hens

Orange-Ginger Glazed Cornish Hens
Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke
Yield

4 servings (serving size: 1 hen half)

Roasting at a high temperature and using small Cornish hens means that these orange-ginger glazed beauties are done after only 25 minutes in the oven. Line your pan with foil for easy cleanup.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice (about 3 oranges)
  • 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 (1 1/2-pound) Cornish hens, skinned and halved
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Nutrition Information

  • calories 188
  • caloriesfromfat 18 %
  • fat 3.8 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 1.2 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 22.5 g
  • carbohydrate 15.6 g
  • fiber 0.3 g
  • cholesterol 99 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 487 mg
  • calcium 19 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 475°.

  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Combine water and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add to juice mixture in pan, stirring with a whisk. Cook 2 minutes or until thick and glossy, stirring constantly.

  3. Place hen halves, meaty sides up, on a foil-lined jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle hen halves with salt and ground ginger. Spoon juice mixture evenly over hen halves.

  4. Insert a meat thermometer into meaty part of a thigh, making sure not to touch bone. Bake at 475° for 25 minutes or until the thermometer registers 180°.