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Honey-Poppy Seed Cornish Hens Recipe
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Honey-Poppy Seed Cornish Hens

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray rack of shallow roasting pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Cut each hen in half; place skin side down in roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Whisk together the honey, poppy seeds, mustard and ginger. Brush over both sides of the hens.
  4. Roast uncovered for 1 hour turning once.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 26, 2006

I cooked the hens whole instead of cutting in half because I liked the look of serving a whole hen to my company. Worked out fine and they were delicious. I accidentally mixed the salt and pepper in with the honey, but it didn't seem to matter. It was hard to get the honey mixture to spread onto the hens so I actually stuck them in the oven for 3 minutes to get the skin dryer and warmer and that helped.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 01, 2012

I fixed these for dinner tonight and they were delicious! Ok, I did make a couple of changes: I added the pepper to the mix instead of sprinkling directly on the hens. I omitted the poppy seeds because I didn't have any and instead added about a teaspoon of chilli powder. I also omitted the salt, as I do with many recipes, for a more sodium-conscious diet. Results...absolutely amazing! Beautifully roasted, crispy and moist. The honey and chilli powder married nicely for just the right amount of sweetness and kick! I can't wait to make this again!

Dec 17, 2004

I added about a Tablesppon of fresh crushed garlic and it gave it such a kick that the 2 hens I made were not enough and most of my other dishes were over looked because they all wanted more of the hens! ADD FRESH GARLIC, YOU WONT REGRET IT!

Dec 20, 2003

We served this recipe at a retirement party and everyone enjoyed it. We cooked 16 cornish that night! They were easy to make and required only a little attention during cooking.

Mar 16, 2004

Wow! This was so great! The only change I made was to reserve about half of the sauce to coat the hens again right before serving. The ingredients may sound like a strange combination, but the flavor is just amazing. I'm going to try using this over chicken next time. Wonderful recipe!

Nov 01, 2005

I was a little doubtful during the prepping of the hens because the honey mixture didn't exactly brush on. But the end result is beautiful! The hens are just bursting with juice and the honey mix gave the meat just enough flavor to not over power the natural flavor, and still make it taste good (I can't stand poultry plain) Thank you!!

Jan 13, 2008

Excellent Hens with wonderful rich flavor. Note: I brined the hens first in salt water for about 2 hours to increase the flavor and did add a bit of poppy seed dressing to the honey poppy mix. These were very tasty!!!

Aug 09, 2005

I love to cook, but because I'm a student, I can't spend as much time as I'd like preparing food. However, this recipe was delicious and it was SO EASY--it took under ten minutes to prepare! The only thing I did differently was to put some fresh herbs in between the skin and the meat while cooking. I'll definitely make this again :)


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  • Calories
  • 441 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.7 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 170 mg
  • 57%
  • Fat
  • 24.9 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 29.7 g
  • 59%
  • Sodium
  • 395 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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