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Ad: Orange Glazed Cornish Hens for the Holidays (Recipe)

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I have never cooked Cornish hens until this week. I don't know why I hadn't tried. Maybe it was because I thought they were intimidating? I picked up a 6-pack of the Tyson® All Natural Premium Cornish Hens from my local Sam's Club this weekend, and I dared to try an orange glaze and cook them for my family. I was so surprised at how easy it was -- and how delicious they turned out!

The timing couldn't be more perfect, because Sam's Club currently has a $3.75 Instant Savings offer for the 6-pack through November 20th. You'll find these in the freezer section.

(My store had them in the end freezer, but your store placement may be different. Just ask if you're not certain.)

To make this elegant but oh-so-tasty dish, you'll just need a few, simple ingredients:

  • Tyson® All Natural Premium Cornish Hens (1 per person) 
  • 1 cup orange juice 
  • 1/2 cup honey 
  • 1/2 cup ketchup 
  • salt and pepper to taste 
(Note: The amounts shown will glaze about 3 hens. Double the recipe if you intent on cooking all six Cornish hens in the 6-pack I purchased from Sam's Club.)

Start by following the directions on the Cornish hen packaging to prepare the meat for cooking. I used a liberal amount of salt and pepper to season.

Cook for half the time on the package in a glass baking dish at 350 degrees F (for most hens, this will be about 30 minutes. Then remove from the oven to glaze.

Prepare the glaze by combining the juice, ketchup, and honey in a sauce pan and heating on medium heat until bubbling.

Pour over the Cornish hens and place back in the oven for the rest of the cooking time (approximately 30-40 minutes).

You may add on 2-3 minutes at 400 degrees F to get that sugary brown crispy skin that you'll love! (Since cooking times may vary, use a meat thermometer to ensure that the inside of the hen reads 180 degrees F.)

Remove from the oven and allow to sit 10 minutes before serving. I served mine with a salad of kale, broccoli slaw, brussels and radicchio topped with sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and a poppy seed dressing!

My family was really impressed with this dish. The crispy skin and sweet orange glaze make it taste like I put a lot of hard work into them. But, to be honest, it was one of the easiest things I've made in a long time! And with the Tyson® Cornish Hens being all natural and having no artificial ingredients or preservatives, (as well as no added hormones or steroids), it felt good serving it to my family.

Remember, you can find these at Sam's Club for the holidays! Grab some now, and you'll have them handy when company pops by! You can also check this list to find a Tyson® Cornish Hen + Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon Sam's Club demo near you on 11/19/16. You can also find tips for cooking your Cornish hens here!

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