Cherry-Balsamic Cornish Hen with Rice

Cook a delicious rice blend with tart-sweet dried cherries alongside Cornish hens for a hassle-free dinner.

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  • prep time 10 min
  • total time 1 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 2
 

Ingredients

1
(24-oz.) Cornish game hen
1
(6-oz.) pkg. seasoned long-grain and wild rice mix
1/4
cup dried cherries
3
tablespoons slivered almonds
1 1/2
cups water
1/2
teaspoon garlic-pepper blend
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
cup cherry preserves
2
tablespoons balsamic vinegar

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  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Remove and discard neck and giblets from game hen. With kitchen scissors, cut game hen in half.
  • 2 In ungreased 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish, combine rice with seasoning from package, cherries, almonds and water; mix well. Top with game hen halves, skin side up; sprinkle with garlic-pepper blend and salt.
  • 3 In small bowl, combine preserves and vinegar; mix well. Brush about half of mixture over game hen halves. Cover with foil.
  • 4 Bake covered at 375°F. for 30 minutes.
  • 5 Uncover baking dish; brush game hen halves with remaining preserves mixture. Bake uncovered an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until game hen is fork-tender and juices run clear, and rice is tender.
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Remove and discard neck and giblets from game hen. With kitchen scissors, cut game hen in half.
  • 2 In ungreased 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish, combine rice with seasoning from package, cherries, almonds and water; mix well. Top with game hen halves, skin side up; sprinkle with garlic-pepper blend and salt.
  • 3 In small bowl, combine preserves and vinegar; mix well. Brush about half of mixture over game hen halves. Cover with foil.
  • 4 Bake covered at 375°F. for 30 minutes.
  • 5 Uncover baking dish; brush game hen halves with remaining preserves mixture. Bake uncovered an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until game hen is fork-tender and juices run clear, and rice is tender.

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Expert Tips

Cornish hens, also called Rock Cornish hens or Cornish game hens, are a hybrid of Cornish and Rock chickens. They are miniature 2-pound chickens, perfect for one or two servings.

Brands of seasoned white and wild rice vary in size. We used a scant one cup of uncooked white and wild rice mixture.

Use dried cranberries and cranberry preserves in place of dried cherries and cherry preserves. Or try dried apricots and apricot preserves with white balsamic vinegar.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
900
(
Calories from Fat
360),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
40g
40%
(Saturated Fat
10g,
10%
),
Cholesterol
240mg
240%;
Sodium
1150mg
1150%;
Total Carbohydrate
84g
84%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
33g
33%
),
Protein
51g
51%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
22%;
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
5 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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