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Quick Fixes for Cornish Game Hens Recipe

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Rock Cornish game hens make great single servings. These recipes help you fix quick and tasty cornish hens, with 7 different sauces in under 10 minutes each. You may also use these ideas for roast chicken by increasing the cooking time accordingly. Use a thermometer to check for doneness.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Basic Instructions
Here are some ways to quickly enhance Cornish game hens (or roast chicken). Start with four hens weighing 1 to 1-1/4 pounds each and a quick fix of your choice below. Roast the hens at 375 degrees F. for about 1 hour, or until the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced with a knife and a meat thermometer registers 170 degrees F.

Citrus Glaze
Mix 1/4 cup thawed, frozen orange juice concentrate, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, and 2 tablespoons honey until well blended. Brush the glaze over the hens during the last 15 to 20 minutes of roasting.

Asian Accent
Mix 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons chicken broth, and 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Brush the mixture over the hens and pour a little into the cavities before roasting as directed above.

Apricot Glaze
In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup apricot jam, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, and 2 tablespoons honey. Roast hens as directed. Brush the apricot glaze over the hens during the last 15 to 20 minutes of roasting.

Mexican Spiced
Rub the outside of the hens with packaged taco seasoning and lightly spray with non-stick vegetable oil cooking spray. Roast as directed.

Lemon-Basil
Rub the outside of the hens with a cut lemon and brush with melted butter. Place one lemon half and sprig of fresh basil into each cavity. Roast as directed.

Mustard-Herb
Coat the outside of each hen with about 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard. Sprinkle with a mixture of dried tarragon, basil, and thyme. Roast as directed. Deglaze the pan with 3/4 cup white wine and serve with the pan juices.

Garlic-Herb
Mix 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic, 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme, 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary, and 2 teaspoons finely chopped sage. Loosen the breast skin of each hen and rub one quarter of the mixture under the skin of each bird. Roast as directed.

Source: The Woman's Day Cookbook by Editors of Woman's Day Magazine (Viking)
Reprinted with permission.
Cornish Game Hens Recipe Photo © 2011 Andreas Hadel, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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lemon basil quick fix game hen, Member shastacat

This is wonderful - some onion can be added to the butter too. This is very good

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