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Cornish Game Hens

Make this Tonight - "My Two Cents Christmas"

Ingredients

Game Hens

  • 6 Cornish game hens (1-1/2 to 1-3/4 lbs each)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Fresh thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Glaze

  • 1 cup brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup Maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 ½ cup whiskey

Steps

Game Hens

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Season inside and outside the cavity of each hen with salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, paprika and rub a tablespoon of softened butter liberally over the skin. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine. (optional)
  3. Arrange 6 hens, breast side up, in each roasting pan,(or use 2 pans) be sure to leave a little space between them. Add a 1/2-inch of chicken broth to the bottom of the pan and place them in the oven.
  4. Roast the hens for 30 minutes, then baste with the pan juices. Return them to the oven, rotating the position of the roasting pans to ensure even cooking.
  5. Continue roasting the hens for an additional 20 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165°F.
  6. While the hens are roasting Make whiskey reduction/glaze
  7. Remove the hens from the oven and brush them with the glaze. Increase the oven temperature to 450°F and return them to the oven just long enough for glaze to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Remove and brush with any remaining glaze if desired.
  8. Allow the hens to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Glaze

  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a slow boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  3. Reduce by half
  4. Set a side keeping warm