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Blood Orange Cornish Game Hens

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I loooove blood oranges. They’re floral and slightly more bitter than their plain siblings, and they only come out once a year. As soon as I saw them in our grocery store, I bagged 10 of them to take home with me; half have gone into smoothies, and the other leftover few went into this marinade.

Now don’t get all worried if you cant find either Cornish game hens or blood oranges: just use a regular roasting chicken and normal oranges.

There’s no big story for this recipe, it’s just good and easy, maybe even healthy. I start by marinating the chicken overnight, and then while it’s roasting in the oven, I made up a sweet and spicy glaze to be brushed on top.

Ingredients for marinade
  • 1-2 Cornish game hens
  • 1/2 Cup blood orange juice
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp garlic
  • S+P
Instructions for marinade
  1. I threw everything in a blender and blended away! If doing by hand, that’s fine too, just make sure your garlic is finely minced.
  2. Pour marinade over game hens in a baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and sit in your fridge overnight (or at least 4 hours).
  3. When ready to bake, set oven to 350°F, put hens on a clean roasting pan (or a baking sheet) and bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until thermometer reads that they’re done. (Hens are tiny, and therefore do not require a long baking time. However if you’re using a normal roasting chicken… well, I’m sure you understand that will take longer.)
  4. ~15 MINUTES BEFORE THEY’RE DONE: Brush glaze over game hens. Recipe for glaze is below.
Ingredients for sweet and spicy glaze
  • 1 cup blood orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp honey
Instructions for sweet and spicy glaze
  1. Put all ingredients in a pot set over medium-low heat. Cook until it juuuuusssttt begins to boil.
  2. When bubbles start happening, turn off heat and set glaze aside.
  3. Brush onto hens ~15 minutes before they’re done. (You can even go ahead and reserve some glaze on the side, in a bowl, for dipping.)

And dinner is served. :)


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  1. Aimee says:

    Looks mouthwateringly delicious!! Couldn’t say I’ve ever tried a blood orange, but will have to now :)

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