Saturday, January 19, 2013

Roasted Cornish Hens

For New Years Eve this year my partner and I enjoyed Cornish hens and wine. I had made these small hens before... and with moderate success... but I wanted to try something new this time to see if I could find a recipe better than the one I used the last time. I found this recipe on ... which is a fantastic website for finding just about any type of recipe you could think of. This honey & chili powder marinade is to die for and the hens come out very tender and juicy. If you're looking to make a meal for just two... consider this one. Cornish hens are perfect for those romantic, dinners for two... and don't forget the wine!

                      Roasted Cornish Hens


2 cornish hens, halved
1/2 stick butter or 4 tablespoons
3 tablespoons honey
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon orange juice
salt & pepper, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Melt butter and stir in honey and chili powder; mixing well.
3. Stir in orange juice, salt and pepper and remove from heat.
4. Cut each hen into two halves.
5. Rinse well and pat dry with paper towels.
6. Place hens in baking dish, skin side down, and place in oven for 6-8 minutes.
7. Turn hens over and baste generously with all of the mixture.
8. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until well browned.

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