Recipe courtesy of Cheryl Smith

Orange Glazed Love (Cornish) Hen

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 1 hr 5 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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2 cups orange juice

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup onion, small diced

2 tablespoons ginger, grated

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 lemon, zested, juiced

1 orange, zested, juiced

2 garlic cloves, peeled, chopped

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 Cornish hens, split, backbones removed


  1. Put all the sauce ingredients into a saucepan. Over medium heat bring it to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for 1/2 hour. At the same time mix the marinade together, and rub it all the over hens. Marinate for at least 1 hour. Roast hens in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 25 minutes, and then brush with sauce. Finish the hens on a preheated grill for another 7 minutes, turning and brushing with more sauce to glaze.

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