This is a perfect dinner for two or can be doubled for company. Serve with wild rice.

misty

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Season hen with salt and black pepper; place in a roasting pan.

  • Roast hen in the preheated oven until partially cooked, 25 to 30 minutes.

  • Mix orange juice concentrate, honey, and ketchup in a saucepan; bring to a boil and cook until syrup consistency, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Baste hen with orange glaze; continue roasting, basting every ten minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone reads 180 degrees F (82 degrees C), 35 to 40 more minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

571 calories; protein 28g; carbohydrates 69.9g; fat 21.2g; cholesterol 150.6mg; sodium 1574.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2012
Tried this for the first time for company and it was a success. So simple, classic and tasty. The only changes I made to the recipe included adding a bit more pepper due to personal preferences and lowering the temperature to 350 degrees F for the last 30 - 40 minutes. Served this with Basmati rice and glazed carrots....Very tender and tasty and great for company....I forgot to mention I did make this for 4 people so I adjusted the ingredients accordingly. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/17/2013
Everything turned out beautiful just didnt care for the flavor so probally wouldnt make again. Read More
(2)
55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2012
Tried this for the first time for company and it was a success. So simple, classic and tasty. The only changes I made to the recipe included adding a bit more pepper due to personal preferences and lowering the temperature to 350 degrees F for the last 30 - 40 minutes. Served this with Basmati rice and glazed carrots....Very tender and tasty and great for company....I forgot to mention I did make this for 4 people so I adjusted the ingredients accordingly. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2012
This was delicious! I made as is except I made 2 hens so doubled everything. I also cooked about 10 minutes more than stated since I had 2 hens and it was perfect. Thanks for a yummy and easy recipe! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2012
Made this did not change a thing loved it.We use to make cornish hens years ago they were never this tasty.Thanks misty for posting this.It is a keeper.Will be making it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2013
Hi I tried this recipe the other night for supper and I am always looking for new ways to "dress up" chicken and this was highly recommended and I am so glad that I tried it here is what I liked about it: it was simple but a bit elegant and the chicken was very moist and really tasty it was a bit different then the normal ways you do up chicken and that is what i loved about it! I think it is worth everyone trying it and i think you will be pleasantly Surprised with the results!! Thank you misty for posting this great recipe!!! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2013
I just started cooking and made cornish hens for the first time last week. The only thing I did differently was to use a Bruschetta Chicken spice rub on the hens during the initial roasting step then the orange glaze to baste. This recipe was such a huge success that my husband actually told me that after 10 years he couldn't talk smack about my cooking anymore! lol =) p.s. I also used the same orange glaze on some freshly caught red snapper and everyone loved it! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2013
This recipe was great! I cooked four birds instead of just two because we were having this for Christmas dinner with relatives. I cut some onions and carrots into chunks and threw them into the bottom of the pan before putting the birds in. Then I threw some fresh thyme and rosemary in. All of that helps the birds to keep moist and makes it very aromatic. I cooked at a lower temperature of 350 degrees for 3/4 of the cooking...I upped the temp to 400 for the last 20 or 30 minutes to brown the birds. The first 30 minutes I put foil over them and then took it off for the basting portion of the cooking. I paired these birds with the "Moroccan Cous Cous" recipe which is on this site and included a side of green beans to make a delicious and beautiful meal! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2013
Made this for a special dinner during the Thanksgiving holiday and everyone loved it. The only change I made was to make the recipe for six people. Made a beautiful presentation and a delicious memorable meal. Thanks Misty for sharing - it is a keeper and will be using it again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2014
Really simple sauce to make. I did make a couple of changes to accommodate what I had in the house without having to make yet another trip to the grocery store. I made 3 hens and if you double the recipe you should still have plenty of marinade. I didn't have orange concentrate but I do have oranges trees. I squeezed oranges till I had the same amount of juice to equal the concentrate I substituted. I used honey that has oranges cloves in it. After combining all the ingredients I found the sauce a bit thin. I added 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to a little bit of milk and thickened the sauce perfectly. No change of taste at all. I used the rotisserie to cook the hens rather than bake in the oven. The comments I got were"you made an outstanding meal". And this was the best games hens I ever had. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2014
A flavorful treat; the glaze gives a beautiful orange color to the final dish and an impressive presentation for a special dinner. I cooked at a lower temp as suggested by others. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/17/2013
Everything turned out beautiful just didnt care for the flavor so probally wouldnt make again. Read More
(2)
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