Orange Pecan Cornish Hens

Kim Biegacki


I so adore the Cornish Hens and love preparing them. They cook up fast and look elegant for dinner. This recipe was so delicious especially if you love orange marmalade and pecans it is a must for you. The glaze is easy to make & tastes so yummy. These hens go well with some rice but would work great with other sides too.

(Now, you will notice a little Hillbilly shining through on this one cause I didn't have any twine available so I used two twisty ties for the back legs and toothpicks for the front). LOL

Hope you enjoy & this comes from my Gooseberry Patch Christmas book


★★★★★ 4 votes

4 people
5 Min
1 Hr


  • 4
    cornish game hens
  • 1/2 c
    butter, melted and divided
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    orange marmalade
  • 1/4 c
    orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    chopped pecans
  • ·
    garnish: orange slices

How to Make Orange Pecan Cornish Hens


  1. Spread moderate amount of butter equally over hens; (I used about a 1/2 tbsp on each.) season with salt and pepper. Tie ends of legs together, if desired, and place on a lightly greased rack in a roasting pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer inserted into meaty part of thight registers 180 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan, blend together remaining (1 - 2 tbsp) butter, marmalade and orange juice; bring to a boil. In a bowl, blend together a small amount of cornstarch and water, slowly adding remaining cornstarch until mixture thickens. Slowly add cornstarch mixture to marmalade mixture, stirring constantly; add pecans.
  3. Place hens in a greased jelly roll pan. Pour glaze over chicken and bake for 10 more minutes or until glaze begins to turn golden.

    Garnish with orange slices. Serves 4

    Serve over wild or white rice; or some buttered noodles would be yummy too

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About Orange Pecan Cornish Hens

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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