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Stuffed Cornish Hens

Stuffed Cornish Hens

"Stuffed with a succulent combination of wild rice, mushrooms and dried cranberries these golden hens are sure to become a special-occasion entree in your home. 'They're a wonderful change of pace from traditional turkey,' writes Nancy Horsburgh of Everett, Ontario."
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1 h 15 m servings
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  1. In a large saucepan coated with nonstick cooking spray, cook celery and mushrooms in butter until tender. Stir in rice; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the contents of the rice seasoning packet, broth and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes or until rice is tender.
  2. Stir in the water chestnuts, cranberries, onions and soy sauce. Stuff into hens. Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 50-60 minutes or until juices run clear and a meat thermometer inserted into stuffing reads 165 degrees F. Cut each hen in half lengthwise to serve.


  • Nutritional Analysis: 1 hen half with 1/3 cup stuffing (calculated without skin) equals 257 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 564 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 29 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 very lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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This was my first time making stuffed cornish hens. I made the recipe exactly as called for for the stuffing. I used the Ap...

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I just made this tonight and, following the other recommendations, the only change I made was that I added the Apricot Glaze from the Apricot Glazed Cornish Hen recipe from this site. Everythin...

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This was my first time making stuffed cornish hens. I made the recipe exactly as called for for the stuffing. I used the Ap...

The cranberry rice stuffing was wonderfully mouth-watering!! I omitted the water chestnuts and used this stuffing in combination with the "Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens" recipe on Allrecipes. I ca...

This was excellent. The rice stuffing tastes so good that I may just make it "stand alone" for a side dish for my next potluck. I also used the Apricot glaze as suggested by another reviewer, ...

This recipe was so good! I did not have dried cranberries, so I used chopped dried apricots instead which was really good! I would recommend using one hen per person however because its so del...

This recipe was unbelievably excellent. I had made a bit too much (only had 4 hens) which was great, as everyone almost fought over the spoon to eat the leftover mix right out of the pot! High...

Followed the recipe as it states and made it for a birthday/Sunday dinner. Doubled the celery,mushrooms and water chestnuts. Used the apricot glaze (doubled) and made 8 hens. Everyone raved abou...

This is the first recipe I tried from this website. I made it as is, along with the Apricot Glaze (which, by the way is a terrific add-on), and it was a huge success! The entire family enjoyed i...

Fabulous. I ditched the water chestnuts and cranberries, and added a lemon zest butter rub under the skin. The hens were juicy, and the stuffing was absolutely delicious! My family raved.

I would give this more than a 5 if I could!!! I haven't made Cornish game hens since making them with my Mom when I was a kid. I decided to try something different as my husband & I agreed we ...

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