Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens by Maya Corrigan

4 tablespoon orange marmalade
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon balsamic
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 Cornish hens approximately 1.5
pounds each
Vegetable cooking spray
[Orange slices, optional]
For this recipe, use marmalade made with sugar. It can be the low-sugar type, but not marmalade made with corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. If you have larger hens, increase
the baking time.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the marmalade, the vinegar, and the thyme in a microwavable cup.

Microwave the mixture for 1 minute at half power. 

Stir to mix the ingredients.Microwave for 30 seconds at half-power.

Repeat the 30- second microwaving until the mixture is soft enough to brush on the hens.

Set it aside and keep it warm.

Discard any giblets from the hens.

Rinse the hens under cold water and pat them dry. Remove the skin and split the hens in half lengthwise.

Coat a rack with vegetable cooking spray and put it in a shallow roasting pan.

Place the hens on the rack,with the meaty side up.

Brush the hens with half the glaze mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

Brush the hens with the remaining marmalade mix, and bake an additional 20-25 minutes.

Serve with an optional garnish of orange slices.

Serves 4


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