Impress your guests and enjoy them at the same time with this simple, but definitely not ordinary entree!
Oh You Shouldn't Have Gone to all That Trouble....
(I won't tell them if you won't...)
Ingredients (Per one to two Servings)
- One Rock Cornish Game Hen - thawed* (Conventionally one whole hen is served per person; I find one-half is enough for some.)
- 2 TB butter or margarine (melted)
- 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- dash garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
- 1/4 tsp. dried oregano leaves
- approx. 1 c. orange marmalade** (divided)
- approx. 1/4 c. toasted,*** chopped pecans
- 2 orange slices (for garnish)
Directions (approx. 1 hr., 15 min.'s total cooking time)
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Wash and dry hen.
- Cut hen in half along breastbone and backbone. Remove backbone if you like and save for soup stock or discard. (Use kitchen shears or a sharp knife; I have surgery scissors - I don't know where they came from, but they work great!)
- Place hen halves body up on a broiler pan. (You can cover the bottom of the pan w/foil for easier clean up if you wish.)
- Coat the hen halves with the melted butter or margarine.
- Sprinkle with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, garlic powder, rosemary and oregano.
- Cook uncovered for 30 minutes.
- Spread the hen halves lavishly with 1/4 c. orange marmalade** while trying to keep as much of the marmalade on the hen as possible.
- Cook for another 30 minutes; watch closely and cover with foil if necessary to avoid overbrowning.
- Spread another 1/4 c. orange marmalade** on the hen halves and sprinkle with the toasted pecans.***
- Cook another 15 minutes or until the hen halves reach 180º-190º when a poultry temperature gauge is inserted in the thickest part of each half.
- Per serving, warm 1/4 c. orange marmalade for extra sauce and serve in a condiment dish on each plate.
***To toast the pecans, place on a microwave-proof plate and microwave on high about four times in 15 second increments, stirring after each increment, or until the pecans are light brown.
For Chicken Breasts:
Ingredients - Same as for Cornish hen, except:
- 3 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- substitute sea salt for kosher salt
Directions (approx. 1 hr. total cooking time)
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Melt butter or margarine in an oblong glass baking dish in the oven.
- If necessary, pound the chicken breasts to achieve no more than an approx. 1/2" thickness.
- Place the chicken in the baking dish and coat with the butter or margarine.
- Sprinkle the chicken with the seasonings and bake uncovered 15 minutes on one side; turn, coat with the cooking juices and bake 15 minutes on the other side.
- Spread the breasts lavishly with 1/4 c. orange marmalade.
- Cook about another 15 minutes.
- Spread another 1/4 c. orange marmalade on the chicken breasts and sprinkle with the toasted pecans.
- Cook another 15 minutes and remove the breasts to a serving platter.
- For the sauce: Whisk 1/2 cup orange marmalade into the juices in the baking dish and warm in the oven about 10 minutes.
- Spoon some sauce from the baking dish over the chicken breasts; if you have extra sauce, serve on the side in a gravy dish.
- Garnish your serving platter with the orange slices and enjoy!