Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens

Cornish game hens are the perfect dish to “Wow!” your guests. I particularly recommend them as an entree for a romantic dinner for two.  Cornish game hens are economical, easy to prepare and full of flavor, yet exotic enough to make any guest feel special. The orange glaze and lemon pepper add just the right amount of zing without becoming overpowering.

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ORANGE GLAZED CORNISH GAME HENS

  • 2 Cornish Game Hens (defrosted)
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • lemon pepper blend

Preheat oven to 350 F. Wash hens thoroughly, shake off excess water and place in a baking dish. Mix orange marmalade and orange juice in a small mixing bowl. Once the marmalade is blended smooth brush 1/2 of the mixture on each hen with a pastry brush. Sprinkle lightly with lemon pepper blend. Bake for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Serve with rice, wild rice or potatoes.If desired, garnish with fresh orange slices.

Note:  If you are preparing more than two hens simply increase orange mixture by adding 1 tablespoon of orange juice and marmalade for each hen. If using fresh oranges, the zest adds a nice touch.