Orange Balsamic Cornish Hens

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READY IN: 1hr 45mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil; set a baking rack in each pan.
  • Using poultry shears or a sharp chef's knife, cut along both sides of each hen's backbone and discard.
  • Open the birds up and turn skin side up, pressing lightly on the breastbones to flatten them a bit.
  • Arrange 3 hens on each baking rack, skin side up, and season liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Mix the orange juice concentrate, balsamic vinegar, and oil together; pour evenly over the hens, and sprinkle with rosemary.
  • Roast hens for 15 minutes at 425°, then decrease heat to 375° and roast for 30 minutes more, OR until the juices run clear (I'd check doneness with an instant read thermometer).
  • Let the hens rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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