January 13, 2010

Un Coquelet...Cornish Game Hen

The Cornish game hen, though it may sound a fancy name, merely refers to young chickens.
The Cornish game hen has become more popular as the result of Connecticut farmers Jacques and Alphonsine Markowsky's breeding practices in the 1950s. They bred the Cornish hen with the rock hen, resulting in a chicken that is mostly white meat, something many people prefer.
They don’t have a gamey taste and many consider them lighter in taste than more mature chickens.
And you can find organic game hens too like these Tyson hens.
Place Cornish Game Hen halves in a 9 X 12 baking pan (1 per person)

Wash and cut  potatoes in half leaving skin on. (1 per person)
Place potatoes around the hens.

Now make this sweet sauce by mixing these ingredients in a food processor:

1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
2 tbsp. rosemary
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tbsp teryaki sauce
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp. cornstarch

After throughly mixing, pour over the entire dish.
Cover with foil.
Marinate in the fridge for at least one hour (if possible)

Bake with foil for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Remove Foil and bake for another 20 mins. basting several times.

Cook your favorite veggie to complete the dish.

Qui a bon gout!  (Tasty)

For those calculating their Weight Watcher Points:
The Cornish Game Hen (with skin)  7 points
1 Med. Baked Potato (with peel)   3 points
1 cup green beans   0 points


Teresa said...

I've never seen so many hens being baked at once!
What a handy idea to put the potatoes right in there with the hens!
Do you do WW Carrie?
I really would like to start and stay committed towards the spring!

The Vintage Vignette said...

These look delicious! I had to chuckle a bit though as it reminded me of the very first dinner I cooked for my husband as a newlywed. I served a whole, individually roasted game hen on each plate and you should have seen the look on his face (he'd never seen one before) as I set the plate before him. I ask him what was wrong and he said "It just looks...it looks so...it just looks so DEAD!" I still laugh about that one. :)

Diane said...

Well sister you know me I don't think I could bake these, we are eating healthy here but Not cornish hens.
Remember when we were at Gramos I never ate chicken back then! I was a funny kid. I am sure your dinner was delightful! I enjoyed all your cooking when I was there. Kisses, Diane

Marie said...

That looks delicious Carrie. We call them Poussin over here and they are very tender and lovely to eat.

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

now that sounds tasty..I am going to have to use the marinade stuff for sure..we did cornish hens for thanksgiving this last year...it was just the 2 of us and it was perfect..cooked em on our george forman rotisseriere(?)...

Mags said...

Love,love,love cornish game hens and I actually still have a bag of cranberries in the freezer that I could use for this recipe. Sounds absolutely delicious Carrie!

Catherine said...

I don't think I've ever eaten a Cornish Game Hen but it sure looks yummy!

I love the picture of the little yellow bird ~ he's cute!

GardenofDaisies said...

Yum! That marinade sauce sounds really good!!

Deborah said...

No, I did NOT know that! OOoooo the marinade sause sounds yummy. Cranberry love.

Samantha the ArmyWife said...

I'd be afraid to butcher it... was cutting it up difficult?

Lori said...

Carrie, you are turning into a foodie blog...i love it!!! i can always use new recipes...we tend to eat the same boring things over and over...this sounds SO delicious...thanks for sharing!!!

Country Dreaming said...

Great recipe. Cornish hens are one of my favs. The sauce sounds good too.


PS: Like the new picture. :)

Jenny said...

Tell me honestly. Do they really taste like regular chicken? I always hesitate to try them even though they look delicious.

grammy said...

Never cooked a cornish hen...
looks good
Guess you could put that same sauce over breasts???

Tiffanee said...

I have never tried cornish hen. After reading your post I think I just might have to try it! Your blog is darling! Love it!!

Catherine said...

Thank you i'm calculating my ww points!(what is teryaki sauce?) have a good day catherine

Weeble's Wobble said...

Hi! Thanks for your comment on my blog. :) Your blog looks very delicious!!

Marla said...

Carrie, thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. I lived in Portland area from 1996-2006. I worked at Emanuel Childrens' Hosp in the PICU, I'm an RN. We had a home in Beaverton most of that time until the last 3 years we were in Ridgefield WA. I worked at Salmon Creek Hospital the first several months it was open. We still have family and friends there and have been back once, last year. Miss the flowers and the mountains, but Florida feels more like home, my husband grew up here. I am looking forward to following your blog. Especially since I know you are in Portland. Blessings, Marla

Just a little something from Judy said...

This looks like one of those delicious recipes that I would love to try for my family. The sauce seems like it would add the perfect sweet touch to the cornish hens. Thanks for sharing the good recipes that you find,and then I can bake.

Elyse said...

yum! this looks delicious.


Anita said...

I haven't had cornish hens in a while. I think it's time to savor it again. :)
Thanks for visiting my blog.

dj said...

i love me some sweet sauce on chicken. my oldest son is coming home this weekend for a visit and i think we may just have this meal....i am heading out to grocery shop soon and hit one of the nearby goodwills too.....lol.

thanks and have a great w/e.


Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Thanks for dropping in at my blog. I am feeling a bit better. Where is A Doctor in the House blog?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for that recipe. And thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. It makes my day. Rosie

Anita said...

Thanks for your recent visit and hope you come back soon. This looks delicious.

MaryMoh said...

Beautiful meal. I will surely like it. Anything with teriyaki sauce is my favourite...awesome taste. Thanks for sharing.

Florence and Mary said...

This looks delicious!

Victoria xx

Amy said...

You know I love cornish hens but my family doesn't. I never really knew how to flavor them. This will be a great dish for me to try. Thanks.

Deborah said...

I think the thing I love the best about reading other people's blogs are the memories that are invoked from my own life. :) When my daughter Katie went to college I remember bringing her a lovely meal that included Cornish Game Hens, but before I got there a roommate told her that they were really baby chickens, so bless her heart, she WOULD NOT eat them. (but she thanked me for going to all the trouble.) :)
(I remember that she ate all the rest of the meal and her dad ate the hens.)

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