Grilled Cornish Hens with Tomato-Orange Sauce

Grilled Cornish Hens with Tomato-Orange Sauce

A sweet-savory sauce gives extra flavor to these elegant, basil-flavored game hens.

Prep Time

20

Minutes

Total Time

1:45

Hr:Mins

Makes

8

servings

Cornish Hens
Vegetable oil
4
Rock Cornish hens (about 1 1/2 lb each)
2
tablespoons basil-flavored or regular olive oil
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
Sauce
1/2
cup orange marmalade spreadable fruit
1/2
cup orange juice
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
2
cups Muir Glen® organic diced tomatoes (from 28-oz can), drained
1/4
cup thinly sliced fresh or 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  1. Brush grill rack with vegetable oil. Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. With kitchen scissors, cut each hen in half along backbone from tail to neck.
  2. Brush hen halves with basil-flavored oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Insert barbecue meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh muscle and does not touch bone.
  3. Place hen halves, skin side down, on grill rack. Cover and grill over medium heat 30 to 40 minutes, brushing occasionally with basil-flavored oil and turning once, until juice of hens is clear when thickest pieces are cut to bone (at least 165°F). Let stand loosely covered about 15 minutes before serving.
  4. While hens are grilling, make sauce. In 1-quart saucepan, heat all sauce ingredients except basil to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 25 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. Stir in basil. Simmer 5 minutes. Serve warm with hens.
Makes 8 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Did You Know?
Rock Cornish hens, also know as Cornish hens and game hens, are chickens specially bred to weigh 1 to 1 1/2 pounds and have only white meat. Look for them in the freezer case.
Purchasing
Look for basil and other flavors of olive oil in gourmet cooking shops or near the gourmet foods in your grocery store. Use them in sauces and marinades and to stir-fry vegetables.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 555
    • (Calories from Fat 335 ),
  • Total Fat 37 g
    • (Saturated Fat 10 g,),
  • Cholesterol 240 mg;
  • Sodium 400 mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 16 g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1 g,
  • Protein 41 g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1 Fruit;
    • 1 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.