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Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours


4 servings

These savory hens are a tasty sized-right twist on the conventional bird. Filled with a well-seasoned stuffing, they make perfect individual servings, reveals Ruth Andrewson of Leavenworth, Washington. "The hens smell so good while baking, folks can hardly wait to eat," she smiles.


  • 3 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 cups dry bread cubes
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 4 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) apricot preserves, warmed
  • 4 green onions (green part only), optional
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs, optional


  1. In a large skillet, saute celery and onion in butter until tender; remove from heat. Add the bread, mushrooms and seasonings. Toss with enough chicken broth just to moisten.
  2. Stuff hens. Tie drumsticks together. Place on a rack in a large shallow baking pan. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour.
  3. Brush with preserves. Bake, uncovered, 30-45 minutes longer or until meat juices run clear, basting every 10-15 minutes.
  4. If using green onions, first soften them in boiling water or the microwave for a few seconds, then tie over the string used to tie the drumsticks together. Garnish platter with rosemary if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts: 1 Cornish hen with 1/4 of the stuffing equals 1,009 calories, 42 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 216 mg cholesterol, 1,239 mg sodium, 116 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 43 g protein.

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