I am so excited about this new-to-me recipe that I have to share it with you the day after I made it. I can’t wait another minute.
It’s little Cornish Game Hens with Cointreau Orange Sauce, and it is succulent, fragrant and utterly delectable. It is inspired by a recipe originally created by Cynthia McCloud Woodman, of the blog What A Girl Eats. There’s more about her right below the recipe card, so keep reading!
The hens are so small, they are suitable for a single serving (hearty appetites), or perfect to serve two. I served them to my husband and teenage son for Valentine’s Day dinner, so between the three of us, we polished off two birds.
They also cook fairly quickly in the slow cooker, and then just need a quick run under the oven broiler to get the skin browned and appealing. (Slow cookers don’t make crispy skin, as you probably know.)
Whether you want to impress your sweeties, like I did, or simply put a delicious and elegant poultry dinner on the table instead of eating out, this dish fits the bill.
Turn on the slow cooker…
…and join me in poultry perfection!
As I mentioned above, I was inspired by my foodie friend Cynthia Woodman, who writes the food blog What A Girl Eats. She’s a professionally trained chef, gifted with the ability to create delicious recipes, and has wonderful taste. She was on Facebook talking about her amazing Grand Marnier Game Hens, and I couldn’t stand it. I went to the store and got some hens and got to work. As I do with many recipes, I tend to use what I have on hand, and tweak to suit my taste buds. So I used Cointreau instead of Grand Marnier, eliminated the butter in favor of a bit of olive oil, cut down on the sodium by decreasing the soy sauce, and upped the garlic. A little black pepper never hurt any sauce, either, in my opinion, but these are simply minor adjustments, and credit for the recipe goes to the originator, Cynthia. She also weaves a great story about it on her blog about her time living in England. It’s fun to read about an experience so different than my own young adult years. To me, her dish is an outstanding chicken recipe; to Cynthia, it reminds her of a formative, magical time in her life.
Thank you, Cynthia, for inspiring me to make a delicious dinner for my menfolk!
Whether you make the version here, or head over to her blog for the original version, I think you should write “Cornish Game Hens” on your grocery list.
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This recipe is linked to Meal Plan Monday.