Orange Balsamic Rock Cornish Game Hens

Serve with Olive and Garlic Soft Cheese Spread with Whole-Grain Baguette and Yukon Gold Potatoes, Braised Carrots and Fennel, Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts and Pumpkin Pie with Almond Spiced Whipped Cream.


  • 6 hens, rinsed and pat dry
  • Coarse salt
  • Coarse black pepper
  • 1 cup defrosted orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 7-8 stems rosemary, chopped


Preheat oven to 425°F.

Line 2 baking pans with foil for easier cleaning. Set a baking rack in each pan. Split hens and butterfly open and place 3 hens in each baking pan. Season the hens with salt and pepper liberally. Mix the orange concentrate, balsamic vinegar and EVOO and pour evenly over the hens. Sprinkle with rosemary and roast 15 minutes at 425°F and 30 minutes at 375°F.

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