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Honey-Roasted Cornish Hens
with Dried Cherry Stuffing



Cornish Hens

  • 2 (1-pound) Cornish hens
  • 2 teaspoon butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

Dried Cherry Stuffing

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 packed cup firm bread cubes
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth


  1. Prepare stuffing for Cornish hens. Spoon stuffing into cavities of each hen, filling completely, but not packing the stuffing in. Place hens on rack of shallow roasting pan. Spread 1 teaspoon butter over each hen and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Roast in 325 degrees F oven for 30 minutes.
  3. Combine orange juice, honey mustard, honey, vegetable oil, curry powder and ginger in a cup. Baste the hens generously with orange juice mixture after 30 minutes of roasting. Hens should roast a total of 1 hour or until done.
  4. Remove hens from oven. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  5. Dried Cherry Stuffing: Melt butter in small skillet. Add shallot and celery and sauté 5 minutes. Add bread cubes and toss to coat with butter. Add dried cherries and chicken broth and toss to moisten mixture.

Yield: 2 servings

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