Juicy Cornish Hens

19 Nov

OK kids, this is an easy one. I’m not just saying that either, it’s about as simple as it gets. Cornish hens. Don’t let the fancy name throw you off, these birds are a great fix, especially for a looks-super-fancy-but-was-a-breeze dinner parties. What is even better about the hens, as with any bird you roast, you can throw your own unique spin on it and add flavor with your favorite palate elements. Being a Florida girl, I went with something citrusy and sweet. Hope you like it as much as we did.


Two Cornish hens





Olive oil

Two small oranges (sliced into quarters)

6 garlic cloves

Orange juice

Dijon mustard



Nectar juice:

Combine the OJ, mustard and honey in a medium bowl. You want to make enough to create a bath for the hens. Stir the ingredients together until the honey is dissolved and everything is well blended. Season with spices listed above.

Preheat your oven to 350F

Rub the hens with a light layer of olive oil, and then season with the spices. Shove as many cloves of garlic and orange slices as you can into each butt, and closely surround them with the rest in a small baking dish. Let the birds roast for about 30 minutes, and then dowse them with the nectar juice. Brush the juice onto the hens every 10 minutes for another half an hour. Let sit for less than five minutes and then serve.


2 Responses to “Juicy Cornish Hens”

  1. gracestainback November 23, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    “then douse them with the nectar juice”

  2. Kathy Eaton December 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Steph, I love reading all your recipes. I made this one, it was delicious!!! keep them coming. I hope Denver is treating you well….xo

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