Apricot Stuffed Cornish Game Hens

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Ready In:
1hr 50mins



  • 1 onion, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tsp.fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 tablespoons smucker's pure apricot jam
  • 12 cup chicken stock
  • 3 12 cups bread cubes
  • 4 Cornish hens (about 1 lb. each)
  • salt and pepper

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons smucker's pure apricot jam


  • Preheat oven to 375°F Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice half the onion and place slices on baking sheet. Dice the rest of the onion for stuffing. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and ginger and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Whisk in 3 tablespoons apricot jam and chicken stock. and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add bread cubes. Stir and coat bread cubes. Let cool while preparing hens.
  • Wash and dry game hens. Season inside cavity with salt and pepper. Fill cavity with about 1/2 cup of the stuffing. Tie legs together with kitchen twine and use skewers to close cavity. Place breast side up on bed of onions. Season with salt and pepper.
  • GLAZE: Combine softened butter and 2 tablespoons apricot jam and spread over game hens.
  • Roast uncovered in a preheated oven for 60-70 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 170°F Remove from oven, let rest about 10 minutes. To serve, cut each hen in half and serve with stuffing.
  • TIPS: Blueberry or Wildberry jam would be great with this as well.

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