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Cherry-Balsamic Cornish Hen with Rice

cherry-balsamic cornish hen with rice Entree
Cherry-Balsamic Cornish Hen with Rice
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 2

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

Updated May 7, 2010

Ingredients

  • 1
    (24-oz.) Cornish game hen
  • 1
    (6-oz.) pkg. seasoned long-grain and wild rice mix
  • 1/4
    cup dried cherries
  • 3
    tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1 1/2
    cups water
  • 1/2
    teaspoon garlic-pepper blend
  • 1/4
    teaspoon salt
  • 1/4
    cup cherry preserves
  • 2
    tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Steps

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
900
Calories from Fat
360
% Daily Value
Total Fat
40g
62%
Saturated Fat
10g
50%
Cholesterol
240mg
80%
Sodium
1150mg
48%
Total Carbohydrate
84g
28%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Sugars
33g
Protein
51g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
22%
22%
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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