Cornish Game Hens Oriental

Recipe by Alan Leonetti
READY IN: 1hr 35mins


  • 2 -4
    Cornish hens (thawed, if frozen)
  • 2
    tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1
    cup undiluted frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 14
    cup sesame oil
  • 14
    cup honey
  • 2
    teaspoons curry powder (or a little less)
  • 14
    cup water


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Rinse hens under cold water until water runs clear and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Place hens in either a baking dish or small roasting pan just large enough to hold the hens.
  • In a small bowl, whisk soy sauce with undiluted orange juice concentrate, sesame oil, honey and curry powder until the honey dissolves.
  • Gently place your thumb between skin and breast, lifting the skin. Tilt bird upward and pour about 2 tablespoons of the mixture under the skin. Drizzle about 1/2 tablespoon in cavity. Repeat on the second hen, third hen and fourth hen.
  • Pour remainder of the soy mixture over the hens and rub evenly over skins. Tightly cover dish or pan with aluminum foil or lid. Roast in center of preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and baste hens with liquid from the pan. To prevent sauce from burning, stir water into pan juices.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Return hens to oven and continue to roast, UNCOVERED, for about 20 minutes, basting every 10 minutes with pan-liquid, until a rich glaze forms on top and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thigh reads 170 degrees.
  • Remove pan from oven and allow to stand 5 minutes before serving. Place hens on individual plates, then spoon pan juices overtop. Serve with Stove Top chicken stuffing and mashed potatoes, or your favorite roasted veggies, or maple squash over bok choy.