Apricot Marinated Game Hens

    9 hours 30 minutes

    Your guests will be surprised when presented with half a Cornish game hen on their plate but will be delighted when they taste it. Absolutely beautiful.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1/2 cup soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) apricot jam
    • 3/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
    • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) white wine
    • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
    • 2 Cornish game hens, halved lengthwise

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour15min  ›  Extra time:8hours marinating  ›  Ready in:9hours30min 

    1. In a bowl mix the soy sauce, apricot jam, ginger, garlic, wine and sugar. Place the hens in the dish and coat with the marinade. Cover and allow to marinate in the refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.
    2. Preheat oven to 165 degrees C.
    3. Arrange the hen halves in a baking dish. Pour remaining marinade over the hens. Bake uncovered 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven basting frequently with the marinade until hen juices run clear.

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    These were terrific, nice and juicy! I bought them frozen and when they thawed I just cut them in half myself with a big chef's knife, no problem. I basted them with the marinade they were cooking in,about every 15 minutes while they were baking. I will definitely make these again!  -  27 Nov 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I tasted the marinade before putting it on my hens. Too much soy! So this is what I did! Let me back up first. I bought Apricot preserves just to make this dish but when it came time to make it I couldn't find it. So I went to our local store and all they had was peach and pineapple. So I bought both! Glad I did because I used all of both. I mixed them and put a cup and a half in the marinade. Adding about a 2x2 grated piece of ginger. Then after they were put in the oven I took the rest of the perserves and put it in a pot on low heat I added about 1/2 a tsp. of ginger about a 1/2 tsp. of cheyenne pepper and about the same of sesame oil. WOW!!! Taste it first and then tweek it! When the birds were all but 20 minutes done then I spooned the mixture over them and finished the cooking. Don't baste anymore after putting it on. My family and my company really loved it! Almost forgot... I doubled this recipe so that is why there is so much preserves in it! I made with this a gourmet mushroom risotto found on allrecipes. Submitted by MYLEEN.  -  09 Sep 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe was pretty tasty. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of game hens, and my husband loved it. Next time, I think I will bread the chicken after it has been soaked in the sauce, though, for a more intense flavor. I also served this over jasmine rice mixed with apricot preserves and minced ginger. This recipe is a keeper. ; )  -  22 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)