Orange Glazed Cornish Hens
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Orange Glazed Cornish Hens are an extraordinary entree, easy to prepare, and perfect for any special occasion.
Recipe type: Poultry
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
  • Two Cornish hens
Dry Rub
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic and herb (McCormick Perfect Pinch or similar)
  • ⅓ cup of orange juice
  • ΒΌ cup of honey
  • 2 Tablespoons of mild honey barbecue sauce
  1. If hens are frozen, thaw in refrigerator overnight.
  2. Prepare Cornish hens. Cut in half along the breastbone, using sharp knife. Break ribs away from backbone and finish making cut through. Remove tail and clean any other undesirable parts away.
  3. Turn on oven to 375 F. .
  4. Mix dry rub and apply to both sides of the cut chicken, lifting skin and patting dry rub under it. Pat any remaining dry rub on the outside of skin.
  5. Prepare baking pan. If no roasting pan is available, place rack on jelly roll pan or other shallow pan. Line with aluminum foil for easy clean up, unless planning to deglaze pan and use drippings. Place chicken on rack and let set until oven is preheated.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Prepare glaze, in the meantime.
  8. At thirty minutes of baking time, generously brush honey orange glaze over chicken, being careful not to brush off any rub on top of the chicken. Return to over and adjust oven temperature to 400F.
  9. Repeat glaze every 10 minutes for the next 40 minutes. Pierce chicken to make sure juices run clear or use thermometer to see if temperature has reached 180F.
Recipe by A Pinch of Joy at