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Roasted Cornish Hens with Sweet and Sour Citrus Sauce

6 servings

Nutritional Facts Per Serving

26.3 g
10.8 g
0.4 g
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Nutritional Facts

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
  • Calories 342
  • Fat 20.9 g
    • Saturated   5.8 g
    • + Trans 
  • Cholesterol 150 mg
  • Sodium   381 mg
  • Carbohydrate 10.8 g
    • Fibre   0.4 g
    • Sugars  
  • Protein 26.3 g
    • Vitamin A 5 %
    • Vitamin C 27 %
    • Calcium 3 %
    • Iron 11 %


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. With kitchen shears or a knife, cut along either side of one of the hen's backbone and remove. Press the hen flat, skin-side down. Cut in half down the middle of the breastbone. Place the hen halves skin-side up in a roasting pan. Repeat with the other hens; season with salt and pepper.

Roast the hens 55 minutes, or until cooked through. When the hens are almost done, place the citrus juice and zest, stock, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch, ginger and garlic in a pot and whisk to combine. Simmer a few minutes and then cover and reserve on low heat until the hens are ready.

When the hens are cooked, serve them with the sauce; garnish with the chopped mint or parsley and citrus slices.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the hens with a couple of side dishes you create from recipes in our website collection, such as Mixed Vegetable Rice Pilaf, and Colourful Vegetable Medley.

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