Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens with Rice Stuffing

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 12 servings

The flavor of orange enhances the stuffing and hens, and the glaze give them a beautiful brown color.


1 cup chopped onion
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 ounces Canadian bacon, finely chopped
1 large orange, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
3 cups cooked rice
6 (1 1/2-pound) Cornish hens
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can fat-free chicken broth
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, saute onion, green pepper and bacon over medium-high heat until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and mix in orange pieces and rice.
  3. Rinse hens with cold water and pat dry. Stuff each hen equally with rice mixture. Place stuffed hens in a large baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine chicken broth, orange juice, honey and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour sauce over hens.  Bake 1 hour, or until meat is tender, basting every 20 minutes. If hens brown too quickly, cover with foil. Remove skin and cut in half to serve.