Cornish Game Hens are easy to work with, but I have found that they are usually lacking flavor. That could be because every time I purchase them they are frozen, and who knows for how long. This Simple Cornish Game recipe looked good so I decided to give it a try. It’s pretty obvious the dominant seasoning in this recipe is the chili power- however even though it uses 4 teaspoons it seems to blend in well not overpowering the recipe. Splitting the Cornish Hens is not a big task, you can cut out the back bone or leave it in-I would recommend cutting it out because you would get rid of some small bones which I really do not like picking through.
This Simple Cornish Game Recipe has very little prep time and roasts in the oven for about an hour. This one won’t go on my favorites list, but I think it was good enough to post. If you’re in the mood for something a little different give this recipe a try. Enjoy
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons honey
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 Cornish hens (cut in half)
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350F.
1. In a small sauce pan melt the butter and mix in the honey, chili powder and orange juice. Mix and heat until blended. Salt and pepper to taste.
2. Cut Cornish hens and halve-rinse and pat dry with toweling.
3. Place hens in a 13 x 9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray, skin side down. Place in the oven for 10 minutes.
4. Remove hens from the oven, turn them to skin side up, and coat generously using a pastry brush with the honey chili mixture. Reserving a little of the mixture to apply during the baking cycle.
5. Bake for about 15 minutes and baste with the remaining honey chili mixture. Bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until well browned. (Internal temperature of 165F.)
Serve hot with your choice of a potato and veggie-serves 4