This is a delicious dish that serves well with curried vegetables.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray rack of shallow roasting pan with non-stick spray.

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  • Cut each hen in half; place skin side down in roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  • Whisk together the honey, poppy seeds, mustard and ginger. Brush over both sides of the hens.

  • Roast uncovered for 1 hour turning once.

Nutrition Facts

442 calories; protein 29.7g 59% DV; carbohydrates 24.7g 8% DV; fat 24.9g 38% DV; cholesterol 169.7mg 57% DV; sodium 395mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (47)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2006
I cooked the hens whole instead of cutting in half because I liked the look of serving a whole hen to my company. Worked out fine and they were delicious. I accidentally mixed the salt and pepper in with the honey but it didn't seem to matter. It was hard to get the honey mixture to spread onto the hens so I actually stuck them in the oven for 3 minutes to get the skin dryer and warmer and that helped. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/07/2008
It came out looking beautiful it was juicy and moist but it was well gamey. Not impressed. I guess if you like gamey meats this recipe is for you I nor my boyfriend enjoyed this. Read More
(3)
59 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2006
I cooked the hens whole instead of cutting in half because I liked the look of serving a whole hen to my company. Worked out fine and they were delicious. I accidentally mixed the salt and pepper in with the honey but it didn't seem to matter. It was hard to get the honey mixture to spread onto the hens so I actually stuck them in the oven for 3 minutes to get the skin dryer and warmer and that helped. Read More
(45)
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2004
I added about a Tablesppon of fresh crushed garlic and it gave it such a kick that the 2 hens I made were not enough and most of my other dishes were over looked because they all wanted more of the hens! ADD FRESH GARLIC YOU WONT REGRET IT! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2003
We served this recipe at a retirement party and everyone enjoyed it. We cooked 16 cornish that night! They were easy to make and required only a little attention during cooking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2004
Wow! This was so great! The only change I made was to reserve about half of the sauce to coat the hens again right before serving. The ingredients may sound like a strange combination but the flavor is just amazing. I'm going to try using this over chicken next time. Wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2008
Excellent Hens with wonderful rich flavor. Note: I brined the hens first in salt water for about 2 hours to increase the flavor and did add a bit of poppy seed dressing to the honey poppy mix. These were very tasty!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2005
I was a little doubtful during the prepping of the hens because the honey mixture didn't exactly brush on. But the end result is beautiful! The hens are just bursting with juice and the honey mix gave the meat just enough flavor to not over power the natural flavor and still make it taste good (I can't stand poultry plain) Thank you!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2005
I love to cook but because I'm a student I can't spend as much time as I'd like preparing food. However this recipe was delicious and it was SO EASY--it took under ten minutes to prepare! The only thing I did differently was to put some fresh herbs in between the skin and the meat while cooking. I'll definitely make this again:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2016
I fixed these for dinner tonight and they were delicious! Ok I did make a couple of changes: I added the pepper to the mix instead of sprinkling directly on the hens. I omitted the poppy seeds because I didn't have any and instead added about a teaspoon of chilli powder. I also omitted the salt as I do with many recipes for a more sodium-conscious diet. Results...absolutely amazing! Beautifully roasted crispy and moist. The honey and chilli powder married nicely for just the right amount of sweetness and kick! I can't wait to make this again! (7/1/12) UPDATE: Well I've made these a few times since my initial review and I must say they never fail. This is a five-star recipe! If I coukd afford it I would make these every week! They always turn out wonderfully and sssooo delicious! A couple of times on special occasions I've done another reviewer suggested and cooked them whole. (I added a little more time and checked for doneness.) They present so well and each guest enjoyed that they had their own little hen! (Most ate half and carried the rest home another meal. Of course I could only do this with a small dinner party. Usually I still cut them in half cook and serve.) (6/5/16) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2005
I made some modification to this recipe since there is a diabetic from one of my friend. I cut honey to one-third only and still came out perfect! Delicious hens. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/07/2008
It came out looking beautiful it was juicy and moist but it was well gamey. Not impressed. I guess if you like gamey meats this recipe is for you I nor my boyfriend enjoyed this. Read More
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