Apple Glazed Cornish Hens Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published: March 20, 2020 Modified: September 18, 2020

A cinnamon and apple glaze tastes great with Cornish game hens. It nicely balances out the delicate flavors of the meat with its spiced, sweet flavor.

How To Make Apple Glazed Cornish Hens

  • 4 Cornish hens
  • 12 oz apple juice (unsweetened, frozen, undiluted, concentrate)
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 lemon (medium, sliced)
  1. Remove giblets from hens and discard. Rinse hens under cold water and pat dry.

  2. Using a long, sharp knife, split hens lengthwise. You may also buy precut hens.

  3. Place hens, cavity side up, in a roasting pan. Dilute 1/2 cup of apple juice concentrate with water.

  4. Pour juice over hens. Bake uncovered at 350ºF for 45 minutes. Turn breast side up.

  5. In a small pan over medium heat, combine the remaining apple juice concentrate, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Mix well.

  6. Add 4 lemon slices and continue cooking until thickened. Remove from heat and brush hens with sauce. 

  7. Return hens to oven and continue to bake for an additional 15 minutes.

  8. Transfer hens to a serving platter and garnish with remaining lemon slices. Serve.

How To Make Apple Glazed Cornish Hens

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 10 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

  • 4 Cornish hens
  • 12 oz apple juice, unsweetened, frozen, undiluted, concentrate
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 lemon, medium, sliced

Instructions

  1. Remove giblets from hens and discard. Rinse hens under cold water and pat dry.

  2. Using a long, sharp knife, split hens lengthwise. You may also buy precut hens.

  3. Place hens, cavity side up, in a roasting pan. Dilute 1/2 cup of apple juice concentrate with water.

  4. Pour juice over hens. Bake uncovered at 350ºF for 45 minutes. Turn breast side up.

  5. In a small pan over medium heat, combine the remaining apple juice concentrate, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Mix well.

  6. Add 4 lemon slices and continue cooking until thickened. Remove from heat and brush hens with sauce. 

  7. Return hens to oven and continue to bake for an additional 15 minutes.

  8. Transfer hens to a serving platter and garnish with remaining lemon slices. Serve.

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