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Citrus-Glazed Cornish Hens

25 Min

Cornish hens don't have to just be for fancy occasions; you can cook 'em up anytime during the week, too! When you have an easy 30-minute dinner recipe like this one for Citrus-Glazed Cornish Hens, you'll be happy to work it into your weekly menu. The pop of citrus flavor really complements the savory meat well.

What You'll Need

  • 2 Cornish hens, each cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 (15-1/4-ounce) can fruit cocktail in heavy syrup with syrup reserved
  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can condensed chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

What to Do

  1. Season the Cornish hens with the sugar and ground red pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the Cornish hens to the skillet breast side down and brown for 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the hens over and add the reserved fruit cocktail syrup and chicken broth. Cover and cook 18 minutes.
  3. Uncover and add the fruit cocktail, marmalade, and cornstarch; mix well. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and no pink remains in the hens.

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