Cornish Game Hens With Orange Sauce

Recipe by JOHN TYLER
READY IN: 1hr 25mins




  • Preheat oven to 500°F.
  • Prepare hens by rubbing mixture of salt and pepper into skin liberally.
  • Place on cookie sheet, breast side up.
  • Roast for 15 minutes at 500°F.
  • Remove from oven and turn breast down; pour 1 1/2 cups water over hens.
  • Turn oven down to 425°F and continue to cook for 1/2 hour.
  • Meanwhile, use a zester to obtain orange peel without cutting into pith of fruit.
  • Slice oranges in half and squeeze juice.
  • Place juice in saucepan with zest and heat thoroughly (do not boil).
  • Remove hens from oven and turn breast-side up and continue cooking for additional 1/2 hour (total cooking time is 1 hour 15 minutes).
  • Blend cornstarch with orange juice/zest mixture and heat to thicken, stirring constantly.
  • To serve: Place hen on plate and pour sauce over. Sprinkle with additional orange zest and parsley.