Honey-Brushed Hens with Fresh Citrus Salsa
Honey-Brushed Hens with Fresh Citrus SalsaWhen citrus fruits are at their peak is the perfect time to make this fragrant and healthy main course with its pink grapefruit and fresh orange salsa. Serve couscous with golden raisins as an accompaniment.
  • 2 Cornish game hens (1-1/2 pounds each), split in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 large pink grapefruits
  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 tablespoon minced crystallized ginger (optional)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons raspberry vinegar or 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

1. Season hens with pepper.

2. In a bowl, combine orange zest, orange juice, 2 tablespoons of honey, soy sauce, and fresh ginger. Add hens and turn to coat with mixture. Let stand until ready to cook, but for at least 10 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 450°F.

4. Meanwhile, remove peel and white pith from grapefruits and orange. Working over a bowl, cut out sections from between membranes, letting them drop into bowl. Squeeze juice from membranes of orange and 1 of grapefruits into bowl. Cut grapefruit sections in half. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon honey, crystallized ginger (if using) and vinegar. Set salsa aside.

5. Place hens in a single layer in baking pan and add marinade. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, basting with pan juices, until hens are cooked through.

6. When hens are done, transfer to a serving platter and cover loosely to keep warm. Pour pan juices into a gravy separator to remove fat, then pour degreased juices into small skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil rapidly until reduced to light syrup, about 8 minutes.

7. Stir pan juices into salsa and serve with hens. Remove skin before eating.

Nutritional Information
Per serving: 325 calories, 5.2g total fat, 1.3g saturated fat, 1.5g monounsaturated fat, 1.3g polyunsaturated fat, 1g dietary fiber, 37g protein, 33g carbohydrate, 114mg cholesterol, 278mg sodium.
Good source of: lycopene, quercetin, vitamin C.

Date Published: 09/19/2005 > Printer-friendly Version

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