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Honey-Poppy Seed Cornish Hens

Honey-Poppy Seed Cornish Hens

"This is a delicious dish that serves well with curried vegetables."
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1 h 45 m servings 441 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 441 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 24.9 g
  • 38%
  • Carbs:
  • 24.7g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 29.7 g
  • 59%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 170 mg
  • 57%
  • Sodium:
  • 395 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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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  1. 54 Ratings

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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 peppe...

Most helpful critical review

It came out looking beautiful, it was juicy and moist, but it was, well, gamey. Not impressed. I guess if you like gamey meats this recipe is for you, I nor my boyfriend enjoyed this.

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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 peppe...

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 ...

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.

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 th...

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. T...

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 ...

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! T...

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...

thanks for the nice way to make game hens carolyn!. i liked the simplicity & followed your recipe as directed. our birds were moist & tasty. i made this for the two of us & anticipated leftovers...

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