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 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 35 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

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.

Expert Tips

One can of mandarin orange segments, drained, can be used instead of the clementine.

If you're not a fan of ginger, omit the gingerroot in the sauce.

Add steamed pea pods and cooked white rice to complete this meal.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
770
(
Calories from Fat
430),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
48g
48%
(Saturated Fat
13g,
13%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
320mg
320%;
Sodium
470mg
470%;
Total Carbohydrate
29g
29%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
25g
25%
),
Protein
55g
55%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
15%;
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.