Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Maple Glazed Cornish Game Hens

Back before Thanksgiving I saw a recipe somewhere (can't remember for the life of me where exactly) for maple glazed turkey. I was already completely happy with my Apple Cider Brined Turkey so I didn't pay much attention. Later I realized that if a maple glazed turkey is delicious, than there's no reason why a maple glazed chicken can't be too. Right?


In a saucepan, combine maple syrup, orange juice, herbes de provence, oil, and salt. Bring to a boil and allow it to reduce down until thickened.

Note - you can get fantastic maple syrup (including organic!) from Maple Syrup World.

Pour glaze over your cornish game hens.

I once said something about how I feel bad eating tiny cornish hens because they look like baby chickens. However, I said it in a very ridiculous sounding dramatic voice and in front of my husband and his brothers. They've since using it to mock me anytime anyone says anything about chicken. :sigh:

It's okay though, I'd do the same thing. That's what happens when both you and your spouse grow up in families where joking and teasing is perfectly normal and welcomed. :)


Add onion and celery around your chickens. Also add about 1/2 c. water to the bottom of the pan.


Yummy! As it turns out, the maple flavor isn't super strong but just a nice subtle flavor. I like subtle.

Also, these would be fun for a romantic dinner in with your lover.

Maple Glaze Cornish Game Hens
Serves 2

2 cornish game hens
2 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
juice of 1 orange
1 tsp. herbes de provence
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
black pepper
celery and onions

Rinse hens and place in a baking dish. Add remaining ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a low bowl. Boil for 5 minutes or until glaze has thickened.

Pour glaze over chicken. Add chopped celery and onions around the chickens. Roast in an oven preheated to 350 for 35-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

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