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Recipe: HoneyPoppy Seed Cornish Hens

This is a delicious dish that serves well with curried vegetables.

Honey-Poppy Seed Cornish Hens Ingredients

  • 2 Rock Cornish hens

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ? cup honey

  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

  • 1? teaspoons mustard powder

  • teaspoon ground ginger

How to Make Honey-Poppy Seed Cornish Hens

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray rack of shallow roasting pan with non-stick spray.

  2. Cut each hen in half; place skin side down in roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  3. Whisk together the honey, poppy seeds, mustard and ginger. Brush over both sides of the hens.

  4. Roast uncovered for 1 hour turning once.

Honey-Poppy Seed Cornish Hens Nutritions

  • Calories: 441.5 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 24.7 g

  • Cholesterol: 169.7 mg

  • Fat: 24.9 g

  • Fiber: 0.6 g

  • Protein: 29.7 g

  • SaturatedFat: 6.7 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 395 mg

  • Sugar: 23.6 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Honey-Poppy Seed Cornish Hens Reviews

  • I cooked the hens whole instead of cutting in half because I liked the look of serving a whole hen to my company. Worked out fine and they were delicious. I accidentally mixed the salt and pepper in with the honey, but it didnt seem to matter. It was hard to get the honey mixture to spread onto the hens so I actually stuck them in the oven for 3 minutes to get the skin dryer and warmer and that helped.

  • I added about a Tablesppon of fresh crushed garlic and it gave it such a kick that the 2 hens I made were not enough and most of my other dishes were over looked because they all wanted more of the hens ADD FRESH GARLIC, YOU WONT REGRET IT

  • We served this recipe at a retirement party and everyone enjoyed it. We cooked 16 cornish that night They were easy to make and required only a little attention during cooking.

  • Wow This was so great The only change I made was to reserve about half of the sauce to coat the hens again right before serving. The ingredients may sound like a strange combination, but the flavor is just amazing. Im going to try using this over chicken next time. Wonderful recipe

  • Excellent Hens with wonderful rich flavor. Note: I brined the hens first in salt water for about 2 hours to increase the flavor and did add a bit of poppy seed dressing to the honey poppy mix. These were very tasty

  • I was a little doubtful during the prepping of the hens because the honey mixture didnt exactly brush on. But the end result is beautiful The hens are just bursting with juice and the honey mix gave the meat just enough flavor to not over power the natural flavor, and still make it taste good (I cant stand poultry plain) Thank you

  • I fixed these for dinner tonight and they were delicious Ok, I did make a couple of changes: I added the pepper to the mix instead of sprinkling directly on the hens. I omitted the poppy seeds because I didnt have any and instead added about a teaspoon of chilli powder. I also omitted the salt, as I do with many recipes, for a more sodium-conscious diet. Results...absolutely amazing Beautifully roasted, crispy and moist. The honey and chilli powder married nicely for just the right amount of sweetness and kick I cant wait to make this again (7/1/12)UPDATE:Well, Ive made these a few times since my initial review and I must say, they never fail. This is a five-star recipe If I coukd afford it, I would make these every week They always turn out wonderfully and sssooo deliciousA couple of times on special occasions, Ive done another reviewer suggested and cooked them whole. (I added a little more time and checked for doneness.) They present so well, and each guest enjoyed that they had their own little hen (Most ate half and carried the rest home another meal. Of course, I could only do this with a small dinner party. Usually, I still cut them in half, cook and serve.) (6/5/16)

  • I love to cook, but because Im a student, I cant spend as much time as Id like preparing food. However, this recipe was delicious and it was SO EASY--it took under ten minutes to prepare The only thing I did differently was to put some fresh herbs in between the skin and the meat while cooking. Ill definitely make this again :)

  • Thanks for the nice way to make game hens carolyn. i liked the simplicity & followed your recipe as directed. our birds were moist & tasty. i made this for the two of us & anticipated leftovers but there wasnt anything left over....

  • I made some modification to this recipe since there is a diabetic from one of my friend. I cut honey to one-third only and still came out perfect Delicious hens.

  • Ive started thinking of this recipe as the "weve been in a relationship for a year and I wish he would propose so Im going to make this for him" recipe. So delicious

  • It came out looking beautiful, it was juicy and moist, but it was, well, gamey. Not impressed. I guess if you like gamey meats this recipe is for you, I nor my boyfriend enjoyed this.

  • Very good flavor, I would suggest you double honey, ginger, ground mustard and poppy seed mixture.

  • This was really REALLy easy and very good. My husband who barely ever eats meat liked this as well. Its a keeper :-)

  • This recipe was awesome My family loved it and has requested it several times. The only thing I did different, was the seasoning of the hens just before baking them. I added some season salt and pepper. Yummy

  • It was easy and my husband loved it.

  • I made this for Christmas last year and it got rave reviews from everyone. Excellent honey-poppy seed dressing.

  • The flavor on the outside of the bird was great, but it didnt seem to get inside. Maybe I did something wrong.

  • I am giving this recipes five stars because it was truly delicious The only change I made was instead of honey, I used maple syrup..kind of a big change, but I was out of honey. I believe, however, that this would be just as good with honeyThe maple glazed my hen perfectly, and it browned beautifullyMMmmm

  • I made this a few nights ago and it was so yummy. My husband loved it. It was my first time cooking a hen and I was pleased it turned out so well. We even made the marinate again and used it on chicken, which was also great. I did add some garlic as others suggested and it really hit the spot.

  • This was amazing. I dare say, my favorite way to eat a little chicken. It was so good, that I suggest trying this on grilled chicken. I ate the whole hen, a first for me. Thank you, we will make this again soon.

  • Realy good, but the flavor didnt sink in so well, next time i make cornish hens i think im going to try mairnating them in the honey and poppy seed mix frist

  • The sauce is delicious, Ive made it for other dishes too.

  • This is the second time made this , this time around I doubled the honey sauce recipe , I then microwaved it for 25 seconds to soften the honey to make it stir easier , I then cut hens in half and dried with paper towel , I then spread the pepper salt mix ( this time around I used fresh cracked peppercorns and pink Himalayan salt to boost flavor ) , with the birds bring dried off I then took a dipping spoon/1 table spoon ladle and applied the honey mixture being it was semi viscous and it coated the hens very nicely with them being dryer it stuck like glue right where I wanted it to be. I then put in pan applied salt pepper again to the bottom side and then applied honey mix and put in the convection oven at 350 for an hour turning once in between , this time it was way gooder

  • This sauce is delicious. The hens turned out great. Had to use bottled dijon because I thought I had powdered mustard on hand, but didnt. Will be putting this sauce on my spiral sliced Christmas ham.

  • Easy and delicious Great when cooking for a crowd. I will make this again.

  • I had high hopes for this recipe, but it was really very bland. It definitely needs some sort of added seasoning.

  • Great easy way to fix cornish hens.

  • Easy and fabulous Best cornish he Ive ever made. I made no changes.

  • This recipe was DELICIOUS My husband ate a whole bird I will definately make this dish again. I will add more honey (We like things sweet)

  • This was a really easy recipe and tasted great. I served it with wild rice and baby carrots. The plate looked great. Ill make this one again.

  • Very good and juicy.

  • I made this recipe exactly as stated and my husband and I didnt care for it. The sweetness took away from the flavor of the hens and the poppy seeds made a real mess on your plate, fingers and teeth.

  • Made this for dinner tonight. Everyone loved it. The only thing was I used fresh honey(from our bees) and it was too thick to brush on the chicken. Next time, I will warm it to thin it out. Otherwise I wouldnt change anything else. Will make again and again

  • Great for a dinner party. The chicken was good, but perhaps lacking a bit of salt and flavor. But a very good basic chicken recipe.

  • I added chopped garlic and crushed red pepper but found it still needed more flavor. If I make this again I will double the recipe and baste the hens.

  • This was great Ive always wanted to try game hens, and found them at a great price. These turned out SO good.

  • This was pretty awful. The basting mix is so wet that the skin was soggy--not crisp at all. The Cornish Hen seemed "stewed," not roasted.

  • It was just ok for me. They didnt get crispy like i wanted them to. But the sauce was pretty good.

  • I added a teaspoon of minced garlic. And switched mustard powder for curry powder.

  • Okay. These are actually cooking now. I tweaked the glaze a bit. Used a tablespoon of prepared Dijon because I didnt have dry mustard. I also added two small cloves of smooshed garlic...because... well, garlic The glaze tasted delicious. And these are smelling wonderful cooking. I am cooking them whole cuz I didnt have a pan big enough to hold 3 of them cut in half. Im also cooking them on 375 degrees for an hour because that was suggested on the hen bag. Serving with white and wild rice (a mix) and green beans.

  • These cornish hens are fantastic I followed the instructions exactly and it was wonderful The only thing I did differently was sprinkling a pinch of lavender on top of the hen and it added a wonderful, subtle, surprise flavoring

  • Juicy, but too sweet and not very flavorful (for my tastes).

  • This is just so easy and turns out consistently awesome hens One of my go-to recipes for game hens

  • I read the other reviews and doubled the glaze; glad I did, it would not have been enough otherwise. I brushed on the glaze at the beginning and again when I turned them skin side up. Had just enough left to brush on for the final minutes.I used what I had on hand, cane patch syrup instead of honey, flax seed instead of poppy seed, and I doubled the seeds and the ginger (so really quadrupled the seeds and ginger) and it was perfect Excellent flavorTime and temperature were just right :) I made sweet potatoes with butter, clove, cinnamon and sugar; went well with the hens.

  • Bland. I even added more ginger than was called for.

  • Everyone loved it I will make it again

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