Roasted Hens with Red Cabbage-Apple Compote

Roasted Hens with Red Cabbage-Apple Compote Recipe


4 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 459
Caloriesfromfat 25 %
Fat 13 g
Satfat 3 g
Monofat 4.2 g
Polyfat 4.3 g
Protein 29 g
Carbohydrate 58.1 g
Fiber 4.6 g
Cholesterol 82 mg
Iron 2.7 mg
Sodium 461 mg
Calcium 103 mg


2 (1 1/4-pound) Cornish hens
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon honey
4 fresh rosemary sprigs
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1 teaspoon stick margarine or butter
1/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary


Preheat oven to 350°.

Remove and discard giblets and necks from hens. Rinse hens with cold water; pat dry. Remove skin; trim excess fat. Split hens in half lengthwise. Sprinkle hens with salt and pepper.

Heat the oil in a large ovenproof Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add hens; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from heat. Brush hens with honey. Tuck rosemary sprigs under hen legs. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until juices run clear. Remove hens from pan; keep warm.

Place the pan over high heat. Stir in the vinegar, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add broth and juice. Bring to a boil; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat. Stir in shallots, margarine, and minced rosemary. Spoon 2 tablespoons sauce onto each of 4 plates; top with 1 cup Red Cabbage-Apple Compote and 1 hen half. Garnish with Crispy Apple Chips, if desired.

Francine Roy,

Cooking Light

November 1998
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