I just want to start by saying that Cornish game hens are probably one of the coolest things ever. I mean, who doesn’t love their own mini chicken sitting in front of them on a plate, ready to be eaten? I think they’re fun and there’s lots of things you can do with them that you maybe wouldn’t do with regular chicken. Plus, the leftovers always make really good chicken salad sandwiches.

When we made these, we didn’t do anything too crazy. We seasoned them with salt and pepper and rubbed a little olive oil on them and popped them in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes to start the cooking process. Meanwhile, we created a glaze of honey, orange juice, orange peel and white wine that we could use to baste throughout the rest of the cooking process. For the last 20 to 30 minutes of cooking, we basted the “little chickens” every 15 minutes or so.

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Cornish Game Hen with Almond Butter Green Beans and Quinoa

Pretty simple, right? Nothing too special here, just a tasty, moist bird. The glaze added a great sweet flavor to the meat of the chicken without being too overpowering. The orange flavor went really well with the chicken and the green beans. What’s great about this type of glaze is that you can flavor it with anything you like and really change it up. No matter what you do, you really can’t go wrong.

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