This morning, I woke with a nasty cold. I won’t show you what I look like now, but I promise I clean up nice! Needless to say, I’m staying home today. This is one of those days where I’m glad I work from home. For now.
So while I’ve been napping and nursing a cold, I pause only to share this recipe for Cornish hens with you, dear reader.
(As an aside, I’ve never liked the term “nursing a cold“. It reminds me of nursing chicks in my third grade classroom, only in a slightly more sinister way. What I want to think about is this:
Instead, what I think about is this:
That’s gonna haunt my dreams.)
Cornish hens have always been a favorite treat of mine. My dad would make my sisters and I each one for Thanksgiving, and I didn’t have to fight anyone for the drumsticks because I had TWO of my own.
I’ve been looking for a reason to use this pomegranate molasses for a while. Don’t let the name “molasses” fool you — this stuff is wicked tart! A touch of sugar makes it the perfect accompaniment to these Cornish hens.
(Yes, I realize the irony of cute cartoon baby chicks and a recipe for Cornish hens in the same post. Just in case you were planning to point it out. 🙂 )
Edited to add: For those of you who haven’t encountered Cornish hens before, they are NOT baby chickens, but are, in fact, a type of chicken.
Pomegranate Roasted Cornish Hens
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Keywords: bake roast entree soy-free nut-free gluten-free
Ingredients (2 Cornish hens)
- 2 Cornish hens
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons thyme (dried or fresh)
- 1/2 lemon (cut in half)
- fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
- 4 tablespoons chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Pat hens dry if needed. Rub olive oil over outside of hens. Put 1 tsp thyme and 1/4 lemon in each hen (you may need to made the lemon slice smaller if it doesn’t fit). Sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Place on roasting pan and roast in oven for 1-1/2 hours, or until hens are golden brown and thermometer in thigh measures at least 165 degrees F.
While hens roast, combine pomegranate molasses, broth, and sugar in a small saucepan, heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Serve with hens (I drizzled the sauce on top of each hen).
Q: Any tips for getting rid of a cold? Up until this past year, I never got colds. Now, I catch everything that comes my way. Methinks I’ll be including more vitamin-riffic veggies in future meals!