Easy Cran-Orange Cornish Hens

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Cornish hen is a delicious dinner you can easily make at home. This recipe will be your secret weapon for any occasion you want to celebrate with a special yet totally simple meal. There’s no reason to be intimidated, it’s something any home cook can do. Cranberries and orange juice are combined in a cranberry glaze on the birdie, what a wonderful combination.

Where can I find it? You can find Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens in the frozen meat section. They are sold in individually wrapped bags, which is very convenient.use product locator Find a store near you that sells them. I bought mine at Smith’s.

Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens Available at Smiths Grocery

How many people does it serve? Each hen can serve up to 2 people, but you can also serve a whole hen per person for demonstration purposes. For two servings, use a sharp butcher knife to cut the hen in half and you’ll still have a nice presentation. They take 2-3 days to thaw in the refrigerator.

Easy Cran-Orange Cornish Hens
Easy Cranberry Orange Cornish Hens
Easy Cran-Orange Cornish Hens

Preparation time 10 minute

cooking time 1 Hour 10 minute

total time 1 Hour 20 minute

raw material

  • 4 cornish hen
  • 6 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 cup Orange juice
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  • Place thawed hen breast side up in a baking dish.

  • In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the cornstarch to form a paste. Pour in the orange and cranberry juices. Stir in brown sugar and rosemary. Increase heat to high and bring to a simmer. Simmer until thickened.

  • Brush the hen with the orange juice with all the liquid. Sprinkle salt and pepper over hen.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 60-65 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. For best results, coat hens with paste every 20 minutes.

Calories: 554kcal | carbohydrate: 7G | protein: 38G | fat: 40G | Saturated fat: 14G | cholesterol: 249mg | sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 605mg | sugar: 5G | Vitamin A: 575unit | Vitamin C: 18.1mg | calcium: 32mg | iron: 1.9mg