Ginger Orange Glazed Cornish Hens #SundaySupper

Ginger Orange Glazed Cornish Hens #SundaySupper

Orange Glazed Cornish Hens

Orange glazed Cornish hens with a tinge of ginger and some fresh mint! I’ll admit I’ve never made Cornish hens before and my first time turned out pretty good! I made a zesty glaze with fresh orange juice, ginger and coconut sugar. I doused the Cornish hens with my homemade glaze and prepared fabulous, sweet n spicy succulent orange glazed Cornish hens. My Sunday Supper team is doing a holiday song/show theme and I was racking my brains on what to make. My youngest just happened to be singing “12 days of Christmas” and as she sang 3 French hens the light bulb went off. I made a slight modification, but you get it … 3 Cornish hens! I actually made 2 for my family of four and I had a few tbsp of leftover glaze. If you want a short cut use a good (preferably organic) marmalade in place of the orange glaze although I highly recommend making the glaze from scratch if you have time. Ginger and paprika definitely add some zip to the glaze. This dish was incredibly easy and fun to make and I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Nutrition Wise!

Cornish hens are a good source of protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins.  Oranges are a good source of vitamin C and the ginger adds a good boost of immune building function. All in all some healthy nutrition bytes in this orange glazed Cornish hens!

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Ginger Orange Glazed Cornish Hens


  • 2 Cornish Hens
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 2 Tsp pepper
  • 2 Tsp cumin powder
  • 1-2 Tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar (or wholesome sweetner)
  • 1/2 orange skin (cut into thin long strips)
  • 1 Tsp paprika
  • 2 Tsp grated ginger
  • 2 Tsp pectin (optional)


Easy method: Use marmalade in place of orange glaze.


Mix salt, pepper, cumin powder and chili flakes to make s dry spice mix. Rub the spice mix into the Cornish hens.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake Cornish hens for 30 minutes till done.
While Cornish hens are roasting, make the glaze.Peel oranges. cook with 2 tbsp sugar, paprika and grated ginger. Cook for 20-25 minutes till it thickens to a sauce. Add pectin if needed to thicken the glaze and cook another 5 minutes.
Take Cornish hens out of the oven. Smear hens with orange glaze and bake at 500 degrees for 10 minutes.

Check out all these fabulous holiday music/movie inspired dishes created by my Sunday Supper team! Such a fun, creative line up!

Party Appetizers & Snacks:

Oven-Roasted Applesauce Scented with Rosemary & Vanilla-Inspired by the song
“Christmas in the Trenches”– Shockingly Delicious
Roasted Chestnuts Inspired by the movie “White Christmas” – Food Lust People Love
A Popcorn Trio
 Inspired by the song “Let it Snow” – Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
Chai Tea Abominable Snow Buddies Inspired by the movie “Rudolph” – Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Raisin Bran Muffins for a Crowd Inspired by the movie
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”  In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene
Icicle Candy and Reindeer Snacks Inspired by the movie ”Snow” – Treats & Trinkets
A Christmas Carol Plum Pudding Inspired by the movie “A Christmas Carol” – No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Yukon Mashed Potato Cakes Inspired by the movie “Rudolph” – Cookin’ Mimi
Christmas Pudding Inspired by the song “Over the River and Through the Woods” – A Kitchen Hoor
Pumpkin Pudding Inspired by the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” – Basic N Delicious
Elf-Inspired Christmas “Grams”
 Inspired by the movie “Elf” – MarocMama
 Inspired by the movie “The Nutcracker” – Happy Baking Days
Roasted Nuts
 Inspired by the song “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” – Take A Bite Out of Boca

Festive Main Dishes

Maple Syrup Spaghetti– Inspired by the movie “Elf”- Momma’s Meals
Peking Duck Inspired by the movie “A Christmas Story” – The Texan New Yorker
Who Hash Inspired by the movie “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” – girlichef
Ginger Orange Glazed Cornish Hens Inspired by the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” – Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
NY Hot Dog with Sabrett-style Onion Sauce Inspired by the movie “Die Hard” – Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Classic Caesar Salad Inspired by the movie “The Santa Clause” – The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Individuals Meatloaves & Horseradish Mashed Potatoes for Mommy’s Little Piggies – Inspired by the movie
“A Christmas Story” – The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Christmas Waffles Inspired by the TV special “A Claymation Christmas Celebration” – Curious Cuisiniere
Filthy Animal Pizza
 Inspired by the movie “Home Alone” – Foxes Love Lemons
Chicken Orzo Soup
 Inspired by the song “12 Days of Christmas” – Family Foodie
Brandied Candied Sweet Potatoes
 Inspired by the song “Christmas Is The Time To Say ‘I Love You’ ” –
Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Sweet Holiday Treats:

Gin and Tonic Cupcakes Inspired by Adam Sandler’s “ The Chanukah Song” – The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars Inspired by the movie “Love Actually” – Magnolia Days
Gingerbread Marshmallows Inspired by the song “Marshmallow World” – Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies Inspired by the movie “The Gremlins” – Killer Bunnies, Inc
White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Inspired by the song “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”– Alida’s Kitchen
Snowball Cookies – Inspired by the movie “White Christmas” –The Foodie Army Wife
Penuche Fudge
 Inspired by the movie “Elf” –  Pies and Plots
Hot Chocolate Cookies
 Inspired by the movie “Santa Clause” – Mess Makes Food
South Pacific Coconut Tres Leche Cake
 Inspired by the movie “South Pacific”  –The Ninja Baker
Cookies & Cream Fudge
 Inspired by the movie “Elf” – The Messy Baker

Cozy Drinks:

Toasted Coconut Hot Cocoa– Inspired by the song “Let It Snow”– Chocolate Moosey
The Christmas Gram Inspired by the movie “Elf” –  An Appealing Plan
Eggnog Hot Chocolate Inspired by the movie “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” – Peanut Butter and Peppers
Vermont Hot Cocoa
 Inspired by the movie “White Christmas” – Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Spiked Hot Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Floats
 Inspired by the song “Holly Jolly Christmas “ –NeighborFood

This is Christmas; Wine Pairings for Holiday Themed#SundaySupper Recipes – ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

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