Cherry-Balsamic Cornish Hen with Rice

Cherry-Balsamic Cornish Hen with Rice

Cook a delicious rice blend with tart-sweet dried cherries alongside Cornish hens for a hassle-free dinner.

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(24-oz.) Cornish game hen
(6-oz.) pkg. seasoned long-grain and wild rice mix
cup dried cherries
tablespoons slivered almonds
1 1/2
cups water
teaspoon garlic-pepper blend
teaspoon salt
cup cherry preserves
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove and discard neck and giblets from game hen. With kitchen scissors, cut game hen in half.
  2. In ungreased 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish, combine rice with seasoning from package, cherries, almonds and water; mix well. Top with game hen halves, skin side up; sprinkle with garlic-pepper blend and salt.
  3. In small bowl, combine preserves and vinegar; mix well. Brush about half of mixture over game hen halves. Cover with foil.
  4. Bake covered at 375°F. for 30 minutes.
  5. Uncover baking dish; brush game hen halves with remaining preserves mixture. Bake uncovered an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until game hen is fork-tender and juices run clear, and rice is tender.
Makes 2 servings
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Ingredient Info
Cornish hens, also called Rock Cornish hens or Cornish game hens, are a hybrid of Cornish and Rock chickens. They are miniature 2-pound chickens, perfect for one or two servings.
Brands of seasoned white and wild rice vary in size. We used a scant one cup of uncooked white and wild rice mixture.
Ingredient Substitution
Use dried cranberries and cranberry preserves in place of dried cherries and cherry preserves. Or try dried apricots and apricot preserves with white balsamic vinegar.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 900
    • (Calories from Fat 360),
  • Total Fat 40g
    • (Saturated Fat 10g,),
  • Cholesterol 240mg;
  • Sodium 1150mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 84g
    • (Dietary Fiber 4g,
    • Sugars 33g),
  • Protein 51g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 3 1/2 Starch;
    • 1 Fruit;
    • 1 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 2 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 5 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.