Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens
Orange-glazed Cornish hens are elegant but unbelievably easy. Fill with your favorite rice, bread, or cornbread stuffing for a savory family meal.
- Serves: 8 persons
- Optional: 1 tablespoon gravy enhancer (such as Gravy Master or Bovril)
- 4Cornish game hens (thawed in the refrigerator if previously frozen)
- ¼cup orange marmalade
- 2tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- Optional: Stuffing of your choice
- Optional: 1 medium navel orange (quartered)
Step 1Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking pan (large enough to hold the hens) with aluminum foil for easier cleanup.
Step 2If using, massage the gravy enhancer over the skin of the Cornish hens. Trim off wing tips or tuck the wings behind the back of the bird.
Step 3Place the orange marmalade, butter, and Worcestershire sauce in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave for about 1 minute. Stir until combined. You do not want it boiling hot.
Step 4If you are using a stuffing, fill the Cornish hens; alternatively, place a wedge of orange into each cavity. Place the hens breast-side up in the prepared pan and brush with half of the orange glaze.
Step 5Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and baste with remaining glaze. Return to oven and bake an additional 15 minutes. Test with an instant-read thermometer in center of stuffing or between the thigh and breast, making sure not to touch bone; it should read 180 F.
Step 6Let rest 10 minutes before serving.