Roasted Cornish Hens with Apple, Date, and Almond Stuffing
  • 2tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4-6(about 2 pounds) Fuji apples, chopped
  • 10 Medjool dates, pits removed, chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 1/2cup unsalted roasted almonds, chopped
  • Salt and pepperto taste
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2stalks celery, roughly chopped
  • 4 Cornish hens1 1/4 pounds each
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  1. Melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. When sizzling, add apples and sauté, stirring occasionally, until brown but still crisp, 15-20 minutes. Add dates, zests, and juices; cook for 1 minute more. Remove from heat, cool, and stir in almonds and salt.
  2. Mix onion, carrot, and celery; place on the bottom of a roasting pan.
  3. Preheat oven to 475°. Remove and discard giblets and necks from hens. Rinse hens under cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Season each cavity with salt and pepper, then loosely stuff with apple mixture. Truss hens. Place hens, breast-side up, on top of chopped vegetables. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast at 475° for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 400° and cook for an additional 35 minutes, or until juices run clear. Remove skin, if desired. Serve hens with additional apple stuffing on the side.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Cornish Hens with Apple, Date, and Almond Stuffing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 376
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1/2 skinless hen, 3/4 cup apple stuffing):
Calories: 376 calories
% fat calories: 27
Fat: 12g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 116mg
Protein: 27g
Carbohydrate: 44g
Fiber: 7g
Sodium: 97mg