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Cornish Hen with Tart Cherry Sauce

Cornish Hen with Tart Cherry Sauce

  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    1 h 30 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 50 m
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This was an idea I had for a long time but never got around to doing it and it came out fantastic couldn't have hoped for better. My wife and I loved it. The tart cherries complement the flavorful rub on the hen perfectly. For golden brown crispy skin increase temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for last 10 minutes of cooking.

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  • Calories:
  • 646 kcal
  • 32%
  • Fat:
  • 41.4 g
  • 64%
  • Carbs:
  • 19.7g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 27.2 g
  • 54%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 204 mg
  • 68%
  • Sodium:
  • 531 mg
  • 21%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine sea salt, black pepper, thyme, garlic powder, rosemary, and paprika in a bowl. Place hens on a baking sheet and evenly brush with 5 tablespoons butter. Rub hens with spice mixture.
  3. Bake hens in preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 1 1/2 hours, basting every 1/2 hour with white wine. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).
  4. Mix cherries, red wine, orange juice, and brown sugar in a saucepan; bring to a boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, stir in 2 tablespoons butter, and cook until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle flour into the sauce; whisk until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Drizzle cherry sauce over cooked hens.
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billwcc
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billwcc

4/19/2014

The cornish hens are great, but skip the sauce. It's expensive and not any good. Substitute regular cherry preserves for the sauce.

dglvr
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dglvr

1/18/2014

Wonderful mix of flavor. I was worried it would be too sweet for me however it was a very nice balance of flavors. It did make quite a bit of cherry sauce, easily enough for 4 hens.

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