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Orange Glazed Cornish Hen

Rated as 4.4 out of 5 Stars

"Marinate the hens for at least an hour. While they're marinating in the refrigerator, start making the sauce."
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2 h 15 m servings 1235
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. Mix olive oil, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, lemon zest and juice, orange zest and juice, garlic, salt, and black pepper together in a large resealable bag. Add hens, seal bag, and coat hens with marinade. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, flipping the bag 1 or 2 times to redistribute marinade.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  3. Mix orange juice, soy sauce, honey, 1/4 cup Dijon mustard, onion, ginger, and black pepper together in a bowl.
  4. Remove hens from marinade and transfer to a roasting pan, discarding leftover marinade.
  5. Roast hens in the preheated oven for 50 minutes. Brush hens with orange glaze and roast for 5 more minutes. Flip hens, brush with more glaze, and roast until meat is no longer pink in the center, about 5 more minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).


  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 1235 calories; 56.4 129.2 59.6 302 5663 Full nutrition

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1.2.17 I had concerns that 450ºF was too high for this hen, so I cut it back to 425ºF, and the temperature still reached 170ºF (and I used an oven temperature probe) in about 32 minutes. Thes...

This sauce is to die for ,the hen came out moist and full of flavor

Delicious recipe. Wonderful flavours & easy to make. Impressive dish.

The taste was ok and it was moist. It had a nice brown crispy texture on top until I flipped it at the end and lost that crispiness in the juices so I would not flip it at the end. Not sure ...

Terrific recipe. I Gave it 4 stars because as others, I realized that I needed much less sauce than the recipe called for. So I only made half of the amount And I still had left over sauce. I...