4 Cornish game hens, approximately 1 1/2 pound each
1 Tbsp light brown sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt, preferably kosher
¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
⅓ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
2 cup fresh rhubarb, trimmed and sliced into 1-inch pieces
½ cup soft pitted dates, chopped
1. To prepare hens: Preheat oven to 400°F. Using a vegetable peeler, remove a 2-inch strip of zest from the orange, then cut the orange in half, squeezing juice out of one half and cutting the remaining half into 4 wedges. Place 2 tablespoons of the juice and the strip of zest in a medium saucepan for Step 4. Tuck an orange wedge into the cavity of each game hen. Sprinkle the remaining orange juice over the hens and place breast side up in a large roasting pan, leaving plenty of space between them.
2. Stir together 1 tablespoon brown sugar with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, salt and pepper. Rub the mixture over the hens and tie the legs together with kitchen string, if desired.
3. Roast the hens until the juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer registers 180°F when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, about 1 hour. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
4. To prepare chutney: Add vinegar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, ginger and cinnamon to the orange juice and zest in the saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add rhubarb and dates, increase the heat to medium-high and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the rhubarb is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Just before serving, remove orange zest.
5. To serve, remove string and skin from each hen. Turn breast-side down and slice in half lengthwise using a large heavy knife, cutting straight through to the breast side. Serve each portion with 1/4 cup of the chutney.
Cornish game hens, a naturally smaller breed of chicken, are a cross between Plymouth Rock and Cornish chickens. Usually weighing less than 2 pounds, they will comfortably serve two. If you can't find fresh hens, look for them in the freezer section. To retain moisture, hens should be prepared with the skin on, but to save fat calories, remove the skin before eating.
Provided by: EatingWell
Per Single Serving / Serves 8 Total
- Calories 256
- Calories from fat 45
- Total Fat 5gm 8%
- Saturated Fat 1gm 5%
- Monounsaturated Fat 2gm
- Sodium 236mg 10%
- Total Carbohydrates 18gm 6%
- Fiber 2gm 2%
- Protein 33gm
- Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.