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Cornish Hens with Wild Rice and Celery

Stuffed with a succulent combination of wild rice, mushrooms and dried cranberries, these golden hens are sure to become a special-occasion entree in your home. They're a wonderful change of pace from traditional turkey. —Nancy Horsburgh, Everett, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 packages (6.20 ounces each) fast-cooking long grain and wild rice mix
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 5 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each)


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large saucepan coated with cooking spray, heat butter over medium heat. Add celery and mushrooms; cook until tender. Stir in rice; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in contents of rice seasoning packets, broth and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until rice is tender, 5-6 minutes. Stir in water chestnuts, cranberries, onions and soy sauce. Stuff hens with rice mixture, or refrigerate and reheat it to serve with roasted hens.
  • Place hens on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake until juices run clear and a thermometer reads 170°, 50-60 minutes. Cut each hen in half lengthwise to serve.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 257 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 564mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • Frank
    Dec 10, 2020

    Good reciepe, but I believe there is an error. The rice needs to be cooked longer that 5-6 min. At that point it is still liquid and you cannot stuff th hens with that. I cooked the rice 25min. But overall it was delicious. Frank

  • Rusben
    Nov 21, 2014

    I make this every year for thanksgiving as it is just 2 people. Excellent!!! I double the stuffing and bake the extra on the side.

  • crazy0313
    Nov 17, 2006

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  • Betsy
    Dec 11, 2005

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