Orange-Roasted Pheasants

These orange flavored roasted pheasants are perfect for a savory dinner.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
2
teaspoon grated orange peel
1
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
2
tablespoons honey
4
medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
2
pheasants (2 1/2 to 3 lb each)
1/2
cup orange liqueur or water
1
cup Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F.
  • 2 In small bowl, stir butter, orange peel, salt, pepper, honey and green onions until well mixed.
  • 3 Place pheasants, breast sides up, in shallow roasting pan. For each pheasant, starting at the back opening, gently separate skin from breast, using fingers. Spread butter mixture on pheasant breast under skin. Secure skin to flesh with toothpick if necessary. Insert meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh muscle and does not touch bone.
  • 4 Bake uncovered about 45 minutes or until thermometer reads 180°F and legs move easily when lifted or twisted. Remove pheasants to serving platter; cover loosely with foil to keep warm.
  • 5 Pour orange liqueur and broth into roasting pan, scraping up browned bits from pan; pour mixture into 1-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally; boil about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Serve sauce with pheasants.
 

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
670
(
Calories from Fat
410),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
45g
45%
(Saturated Fat
18g,
18%
Trans Fat
2g
2%
),
Cholesterol
220mg
220%;
Sodium
1170mg
1170%;
Total Carbohydrate
10g
10%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
56g
56%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
80%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.