Roasted Cornish Hens

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Thanksgiving: Recipes for a Holiday Meal

By Lou Seibert Pappas

Published 2011

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For an intimate Thanksgiving celebration, consider these individual birds flavored with a tangy orange and onion sauce. The ratio of meat to bone is small, so plan to serve 1 hen per person.


  • Cornish hens, 4, about pounds each
  • Oranges, 4


About 30 minutes before roasting, remove the hens from the refrigerator. Pull out and discard the yellow pads of fat from both sides of the body cavity. Pat the hens dry with paper towels.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat it to 425°F.

Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from 1 orange in ½-