Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens

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.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking pan (large enough to hold the hens) with aluminum foil for easier cleanup.
  2. Step 2

    If 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.
  3. Step 3

    Place 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.
  4. Step 4

    If 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.
  5. Step 5

    Bake 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.
  6. Step 6

    Let rest 10 minutes before serving.