An easy dish that looks like you've spent all day cooking and has a fabulous taste. Your family or friends will rave about it, and we don't need to tell them how easy it was to make. It has only 5 ingredients.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr
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 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Place game hen halves with skin sides up into a 9x13-inch roasting pan.

  • Roast hens in the preheated oven for 35 minutes.

  • Stir orange juice, honey, soy sauce, and vinegar together in a small bowl; brush mixture over hens.

  • Roast hens for 5 more minutes and baste again with orange juice mixture. Roast until skin is browned and meat is no longer pink inside, about 10 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

193 calories; protein 13.4g 27% DV; carbohydrates 10.9g 4% DV; fat 10.5g 16% DV; cholesterol 75.3mg 25% DV; sodium 488.3mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (25)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2013
This was the first time I have prepared cornish hens. I liked the flavor and was so easy. The "glaze" you brush on hens was quite runny; not a glaze at all. Overall this was a flavorful and easy weeknight dinner. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/23/2016
If you reduce the glaze in a sauce pan first it comes out nice.I also recommend seasoning your hens with s@p but thats just me. Overall easy recipe that came out delicious Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2013
This was the first time I have prepared cornish hens. I liked the flavor and was so easy. The "glaze" you brush on hens was quite runny; not a glaze at all. Overall this was a flavorful and easy weeknight dinner. Thanks! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
06/03/2014
i'm preparing Cornish hens as i type this. i didn't have OJ on hand, so i used 3 TBSP of orange marmalade thinned out with 1 TSP of hot water. i used the recommended amount of honey, 1 TBSP of soy sauce & 1/8 tsp of vinegar. i tasted tested this glaze to my liking. i'll try to remember to take a photo when it comes out of the oven. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/27/2013
Made it today 6/27/13 for supper all was great until the glaze started to burn so took birds out of pan and put into another saved it from tasting burnt. My wife loved it I will try again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2014
By far my favorite!! The recipe is perfect just the way it is. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2017
This was very good and easy. I did modify the glaze however, I added a tablespoon of dark brown sugar, then cooked it down in a sauce pan. The brown sugar and cooking it down turns it into a glazing sauce before adding to the chicken. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/23/2016
If you reduce the glaze in a sauce pan first it comes out nice.I also recommend seasoning your hens with s@p but thats just me. Overall easy recipe that came out delicious Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2016
I used this recipe for a package of chicken thighs and it worked great! Modifications: a) I had a dozen thighs so ingredients x 4; b) I marinated the thighs overnight in the sauce - no need to baste during cooking; c) I saved the marinade and boiled it down for 10 min (important to kill bacteria) and added a cornstarch slurry to make a gravy. With rice and veggies it was a bit hit for dinner! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2015
Didn't have cornish hen so tried it on four chicken wings. Delicious! Scarfed them down at an embarrassingly fast rate. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2015
This was tender and juicy. The taste was great. I would add a little seasoning to the hens first next time but overall really good! Read More
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