Orange Glazed Cornish Hen


Marinate the hens for at least an hour. While they're marinating in the refrigerator, start making the sauce.

Orange Glazed Cornish Hen
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
2 servings



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • 1 orange, zested and juiced

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 Cornish game hens


  • 2 cups orange juice

  • ½ cup soy sauce

  • ½ cup honey

  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard

  • ¼ cup finely diced onion

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  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
56g Fat
129g Carbs
60g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 1235
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 56g 72%
Saturated Fat 14g 69%
Cholesterol 302mg 101%
Sodium 5663mg 246%
Total Carbohydrate 129g 47%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 100g
Protein 60g
Vitamin C 215mg 1,076%
Calcium 160mg 12%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 1558mg 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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