Roasted Cornish Hens With Orange-Mustard Glaze

Roasted Cornish Hens With Orange-Mustard Glaze
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Cornish game hens are not a game bird, so their flavor is very mild. Combining both whole-grain and creamy Dijon-style mustards gives this marinade and glaze an intense flavor. Orange juice and honey add a touch of sweetness.This recipe is by Diane Rossen Worthington of Tribune Media Services, and was originally published in the Chicago Tribune.
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Roasted Cornish Hen With Orange-Honey Glaze recipe - The Daily Meal
Total time: 2.82 hours
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped orange zest
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cornish hens, about 1 1/2 pounds each
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • orange slices
  1. In a non-reactive bowl, combine 1 cup fresh orange juice, 1 teaspoon finely chopped orange zest, 2 finely chopped shallots, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon grainy mustard, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Taste for seasoning. Set aside.
  2. Carefully separate the skin from 6 Cornish hens (about 1 1/2 pounds each). Place the hens in a large bowl. Massage the marinade underneath the skin; submerge hens in marinade. Refrigerate, covered, 2 to 4 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Remove hens from marinade, discarding marinade; place hens in a roasting pan lined with foil. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if you like.
  4. Roast, basting with the pan juices every 15 minutes, until the hens are golden brown and lightly glazed, about 40 to 45 minutes. Place the hens on a platter or individual serving plates; garnish with orange slices.