Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens

Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens

"I found this easy recipe for Cornish hens and prepare it often for my family. The glaze keeps the hens tender and moist, and the skin roasts to a golden glow. It's tasty, too. When the children are gone for the weekend, my husband and I enjoy this meal-perfect for two."
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1 h 20 m servings
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  1. Combine the salt and cayenne. Rub a third of the mixture inside hens. Brush 1 tablespoon butter over hens; sprinkle with remaining seasoning mixture. Place on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the preserves, honey, onion, nutmeg and remaining butter. Cook and stir until preserves are melted. Brush over hens. Bake 35-40 minutes longer or until golden brown and a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees F. Cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Loved, loved this recipe!! I am partial to cornish game hens because, when I was little, my Mom would make this and I would really feel special, that we were eating something so "elegant". Thi...

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Couldn't really taste the glaze /// hard to keep on the chickens, felt like it was just slipping off onto the pan

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Loved, loved this recipe!! I am partial to cornish game hens because, when I was little, my Mom would make this and I would really feel special, that we were eating something so "elegant". Thi...

This hen recipe is absolutely delicious! No over-bearing sweetness, and the meat stays very moist. I stuffed the hens with a wild rice dressing with dried cranberries and it came out wonderfully!

This recipe yields an absolutely delicious bird! The glaze is wonderful and it makes all of the meat sweet and tasty. Plus, the chicken turns out incredibly juicy. My husband and I are alread...

It was great, my husband loved it. I have a suggestion to turn the Hens after 30 minutes and brush the other side with the glaze.

Absolutely wonderful. The cornish hen when so moist and delicious. I tripled the recipe for my family of five and for leftovers....my health buff husband ate 1 1/2 hen, the first night... he wou...

The glaze was soooooooo delicious! The only thing I did differently was I put the hens in the crock pot for the day on low and the last hour I put them in the oven as directed with the glaze. ...

This recipe was absolutly wonderful! Mouth-watering, savory, moist with a delicately crisp skin. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I stuffed the hens with a cranberry rice stuffing...

Excellent recipe! I made this for my boyfriend (a fellow food connoisseur) and was very pleased how it turned out. He deemed it "restaurant quality." I only made one cornish game hen and save...

Absolutely Deeee-Licious! Made four of them for a casual post Thanksgiving dinner with my parents and girlfriend. Really good with a regular stuffing mixed with a little rice.

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