Mahogany-Glazed Cornish Hen

Mahogany-Glazed Cornish Hen I make this for my husband and myself for holiday dinners. It’s an elegant tradition, custom fit for two. —Jeannette Sabo, Lexington Park, Maryland


  • 1 Cornish game hen (20 to 24 ounces), split lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • Method

  • Preheat oven to 450°. Place hen in a greased shallow roasting pan, skin side up. Combine butter, ginger and orange zest; rub under skin.
  • In a small bowl, whisk preserves, vinegar, soy sauce and mustard. Reserve half of the mixture for basting. Spoon remaining mixture over hen; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour 1/2 cup chicken broth into pan.
  • Roast 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads 180°, adding broth to pan as necessary and basting with remaining glaze halfway through cooking. Serve with pan juices.
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