Cranberry Apple Cornish Hens

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December 11, 2019

Cranberry Apple Cornish Hen on plateAdding a sweet and sour element to savoury roasted Cornish game hens is divine! Stuffing them with fresh cranberries and chopped apples gives them great flavour and also makes them extra juicy. It also makes a lovely presentation at the table.


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 2 Cornish hens
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 apple, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, chopped
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 servings wild rice
  • 2 Tbsp slivered almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Pay dry hens and season with some salt and pepper all over, then sprinkle on garlic powder. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the chopped apples for later. Mix the bulk of the chopped apples, cranberries, rosemary and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a small bowl.
  2. mixing stuffing
  3. Spoon the cranberry apple mixture into the cavities of the Cornish hens.
  4. stuffing Cornish Hen

  5. Place hens in a baking pan and drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Roast for about 1 hour, until exterior is browned and crisp. I pulled mine at about 170F when thermometer was inserted into the thigh.
  6. Cornish Hens in pan
  7. I use instant wild rice as it always comes out perfect (and it's so fast). Cook and mix with the reserved 2 tablespoons of chopped apple. Stir in slivered almonds.
  8. mixed rice stuffing
  9. Place roasted hens on wild rice and drizzle on some of the cranberry apple mixture from the cavities.
  10. spooning sauce over Hens

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