Bacon-Wrapped Cornish Game Hens With Raspberry Balsamic Glaze

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 35 mins

This dish a winner! Simple, easy to make and it has great presentation. I've made this 3 times so far and it's never failed. The hens cook perfectly and the taste is wonderful. #69724 makes a perfect side dish for this entree. The recipe comes from the Aug '03 issue of Gourmet. This is a great meal for entertaining! I served it for 10 this weekend and everyone loved it.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 23 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 12 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 16 slices bacon
  • 4 rock cornish game hens


  1. Briskly simmer jam and vinegar in small saucepan, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until glaze is reduced to about 1/2 cup.
  2. About 8 minutes.
  3. Cool to room temperature (glaze will thicken slightly as it cools).
  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Cook bacon in batches, over med.
  6. heat until some of the fat is rendered but bacon is still translucent and pliable, 5-7 minutes.
  7. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  8. Cut and discard back bones from each hen with kitchen shears and then halve each hen length wise.
  9. Pat dry and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Arrange cut sides down, in a large roasting pan.
  11. Wrap 2 slices around each half hen, tucking ends under.
  12. Brush liberally with glaze, reserving the remainder.
  13. Roast in the middle of the oven, brushing with pan juices and reserved glaze twice (every 10 minutes), until juices run clear when a thigh is pierced, 30-35 minutes.


Most Helpful

Absolutely delicious! I only did two hens but made the full amount of glaze, and it needed it. I added some red pepper flakes to the glaze as well, but otherwise, did this as directed. It made for a beautiful meal with some roasted potatoes and asparagus. Thank you, this was lovely!

SilverOpera January 31, 2010

This dish was easy to prepare, and came out fantastic! Even my son who doesn't like poultry loved it. I substituted Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce (Fischer & Wieser) for the Rasperry and Vinegar glaze and it blended so well with the smokey flavor of the bacon. Can't wait to make this dish again!

LH loves 2 garden October 13, 2009

This came out fantastic- I was a little worried that the aroma of the glaze was so stong, but a perfect flavor on the hen- i also cooked it on top of slices of cooked bacon to avoid sticking to the pan! thanks for the great recipe!

NewYorkMama September 02, 2005

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