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AD: Cranberry Orange Glazed Tyson® Cornish Hens

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Cranberry Orange Cornish Hens

Leave the intimidation behind. Wow your guests with 


So simple and effortless, you’ll wonder why you thought it was complicated.

AD Cranberry Orange Glazed Cornish Hens. Message for 21+ These easy hens are a simple recipe to prepare. You'll wow your guests! Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas and dinner all winter long! #CheersToAPerfectPair #cbias
    Last year I posted my recipe for Bacon, Rosemary and Pear Cornish Hens  and you went nuts. I had so many of you tell me that you’d never attempted Tyson® All Natural Premium Cornish Hens   before because they intimidated you. Some of you let me know you conquered your fear and then just as quickly wondered what in the world you were afraid of. How does something so small cause so much angst? This holiday season I’m determined to make you put your qualms aside and discover how uncomplicated these guys are. The best part is how you’ll knock your guest’s socks off with very little effort!

My Cornish hens today feature a glaze of cranberries and oranges. It is based off my cranberry sauce that is my #1 recipe from my site. Which means, y’all already love it. The glaze can be made the night before to cut down on prep time. The bonus is having the side dish of cranberry sauce already made and ready to serve!

Cranberry Orange Cornish Hens for a simple Thanksgiving dinner

The night before or the morning after, prepare the cranberry sauce. If you want it as a side dish as well, double the recipe. You can simply double the ingredients. It does add about 5 more minutes on the cooking time.

how to cook a cornish hen

The glaze is simple to make. Combine the cranberry sauce with the other ingredients in either a small blender or small food processor. Puree until it’s a nice liquid.

garnish a cornish hen

I like to thaw my hens 24-48 hrs before so I know they will be ready to go. You can find more advice on thawing and cooking HERE. 

Cranberry Sauce paired with cornish hens

The glaze is enough for 3 small hens, so double if you have more guests.

Christmas Dinner Idea : Cornish Hens

I roasted my cornish hens in a roasting pan, and simply transferred to a baking dish to add to the presentation. I chopped up 2 oranges, and used fresh cranberries and rosemary to decorate it. It looks so marvelous, your guests will think you spent the entire day in the kitchen!

how to prepare cornish hens

No special skills are required at all. This is really one of the most noncomplex recipes ever. If you can turn an oven on, and use a basting brush, your in business!

How to plate cornish hens

You can also plate everyones Cornish hen individually onto a separate plate using the rosemary and oranges on a smaller scale. You can see it looks just as stunning this way as well.

cornish game hens quick recipe

For this recipe, I’ve served my guests Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a perfect pairing. The red wine balances the sweetness of the oranges and the tartness of the cranberries.
So what do you think? Feeling adventurous but realistic about cooking this holiday season? Tyson® Cornish Hens couldn’t be more stunning and uncomplicated.

yield: 3 Hens (simply double if you need to make more hens)print recipe

Cranberry Orange Glazed Cornish Hens

Looking for Cornish Game Hen Recipes that will wow your guests? Want a recipe that is uncomplicated but makes a stunning presentation? You will love the ease of cornish hens with this simple cranberry orange glaze.
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 20 mins


Cranberry Orange Glaze:
For the Hens:
  • Tyson® Cornish Hens (the glaze is enough for 3-4, double if more needed)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Oranges, cranberries and Rosemary For Garnish


Making the Glaze:
  1. In a blender or a food processor, pulse together the cranberry sauce, maple syrup, orange juice and seasoning until a liquid glaze consistency is reached.
Cooking the Hens:
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Pat dry your hens and place on a baking pan or roasting pan. Liberally rub hens with softened butter. Salt and Pepper. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  3. Once the hens have baked for 25 minutes, remove from oven. **** Lower the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees*****
  4. Brush the hens liberally with the glaze mixture. Return to the oven and bake 8 minutes more.
  5. Remove hens again, and flip upside down if desired. glaze again. Cook for 8 more minutes.
  6. Remove hens again, and if you flipped before, flip again. Glaze again and return for 8 more minutes.
  7. Glaze the hens one more time and cook for 4 additional minutes or until a thermometer reads that they have cooked thoroughly.
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See how simple that was?This dish is perfect because you can cook other side dishes while the hens are cooking. Making the cranberry sauce and glaze the night before is a big time saver. Still not convinced? View this quick video to see how easy it truly is.

I purchased both the wine and my Tyson® Cornish Hens at my local Sam’s Club. The hens are located in the freezer section.

Tyson Cornish hens at Sams Club

They are sold in a six pack, which makes it very easy to entertain a crowd.

Tyson 6 pack Cornish Game Hens

Please let me know how your Tyson® Cornish Hen adventure goes! I hope I’ve inspired you today!

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