Herb Cornish Hens with Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Herb Cornish Hens with Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Baked Cornish hens are smothered in a delicious cranberry-orange sauce with a touch of ginger.

Prep Time

20

Minutes

Total Time

1:35

Hr:Mins

Makes

8

servings

Rock Cornish Hens
4
Rock Cornish hens (about 2 lb each)
2
tablespoons roasted garlic-flavored vegetable oil or plain vegetable oil
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2
teaspoon pepper
Sauce
1
can (16 oz) whole berry cranberry sauce
3
tablespoons sweet orange marmalade
2
teaspoons grated gingerroot
1
clementine tangerine, peeled, sectioned
Garnish
Thyme sprigs, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. On rack in shallow roasting pan, place hens, breast sides up. Brush with oil. Sprinkle inside and out with salt, dried thyme and pepper. Insert meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh and does not touch bone.
  2. Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes until juice of hens is clear when thickest pieces are cut to bone (at least 165°F).
  3. Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat cranberry sauce over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted. Stir in marmalade, gingerroot and clementine sections. Cook 1 minute.
  4. To serve, cut each hen in half along backbone and breastbone from tail to neck, using kitchen scissors. Serve hens with warm sauce. Garnish with thyme sprigs.
Makes 8 servings
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Substitution
One can of mandarin orange segments, drained, can be used instead of the clementine.
Variation
If you're not a fan of ginger, omit the gingerroot in the sauce.
Serve-With
Add steamed pea pods and cooked white rice to complete this meal.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 770
    • (Calories from Fat 430),
  • Total Fat 48g
    • (Saturated Fat 13g,
    • Trans Fat 1g),
  • Cholesterol 320mg;
  • Sodium 470mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 29g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 25g),
  • Protein 55g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 0 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 8 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 5 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.