4 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

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