Stuffed Cornish Game Hens with Cranberry Glaze

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This recipe was e-mailed to me by a friend. I made it this year for Christmas Eve dinner with great raves and success so I wanted to share it with you.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare the glaze: Combine cranberries and wine in saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in honey and continue to simmer 2 minutes.
  3. Strain glaze, stir in oil and set aside.
  4. Prepare the game hens and stuffing: Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat, add onion, celery and cranberries.
  5. Saute for 3 minutes.
  6. Add sauteed mixture to the French bread cubes.
  7. Let cool.
  8. Stir in chicken broth, parsley, sage, thyme, 1/4 Tsp.
  9. salt and 1/8 Tsp.
  10. pepper.
  11. Stuff game hens with the stuffing and tie drumsticks together with kitchen string.
  12. Place hens in a roasting pan.
  13. Brush some of glaze over each game hen and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
  14. Place in a preheated 450 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  15. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue roasting for 45 minutes longer.
  16. Baste hens with glaze and sprinkle with salt and pepper (salt& pepper is optional, I didn't do it) twice more during the cooking time.
  17. Remove hens from oven and let rest 5 minutes.
  18. Cut strings and serve.


Most Helpful

I love Cornish game hens because they are easy but look so classy! This recipe was awesome. I did use more honey in my glaze and was in a hurry so I just used a box stuffing and added a handful of Craisins. Delish!

WYO Baker June 12, 2014

Miss Judith, I cant thank you enough. To be honest I was terrified to make those delectable little chickens, As you can now guess i have never cooked a Cornish Hen before. My Christmas diner was amazing. Thank You. If you haven't tried this, do it your taste buds will thank you for it. I had them crispy glazed on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside, meat feel right off the bones and melted in our mouths.

kathylgerson December 26, 2016

This was really delicious! I loved the stuffing and they cooked up just perfectly. The only problem I had was the glaze turned out very thick and there was no way to strain it, so I just spread it on the hens anyway. The flavor was great so I didn't really worry about it!

Chef Jean December 06, 2009

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