glazed cornish hens
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raw cornish hens on a rack
ingredients for glaze in a pot
glazed cornish hens on a rack

To make the stuffing/dressing, I purchase a store bought brand and follow the directions on the box.  Use your favorite.  To make it a little special, I toast up some pecans in a small, dry skillet on the stove until they are lightly toasted.  This will take about five minutes.  Watch carefully so they don’t burn…toss occasionally.  If you like, you can chop the pecans, but I like them whole.  Your choice.

pecans toasting in a skillet
pecans and stuffing in a pot
glazed cornish hens on a bed of stuffing with cranberries and apricots
glazed cornish hens

Apricot Cornish Hens With Pecan Stuffing

A delicious alternative to chicken, cornish hens are wonderful when coated in an apricot glaze and served with a pecan stuffing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinner
Cuisine General
Servings 4 Served
Calories 565 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 2 Cornish Game Hens rinsed and dried
  • ½ Cup Apricot Preserves
  • 1 ½ Tsp. Cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp. White Wine
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Box of chicken or turkey stuffing mix
  • ½ Cup Toasted and chopped pecans
  • Fresh or Dried Apricots for serving optional
  • Whole Pecan Halves for serving optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the Cornish hens with salt and pepper on both the outside and inside of the hen.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients in a small saucepan on the stove and heat until the glaze is thickened. (About five minutes). Brush each hen with the glaze and put in the oven.
  • Glaze the birds a couple of time while they cook. Roast the hens for approximately 50 minutes to one hour. Take out of the oven and cover with foil and let rest for 15 minutes.

To make stuffing:

  • Prepare the store bought stuffing per the boxes instructions.
  • Toast the pecans on the stove in a small skillet until lightly toasted. (About 5 minutes). Watch carefully to be sure they don’t burn.
  • Stir into the prepared stuffing.
  • Serve your Cornish hens on a bed of stuffing and garnish the platter with the apricots and pecan halves.


Calories: 565kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 39gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 227mgSodium: 204mgPotassium: 565mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 304IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg
Keyword dinner, poultry, thanksgiving
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