Gluten Free Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Orange Teriyaki Sauce
Looking for an alternative to the traditional turkey for Thanksgiving? Perhaps you have a smaller crowd or limited time, or you just want something a little different this year? This Gluten Free Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Orange Teriyaki Sauce recipe is tasty, quick, adorable, and best yet – everyone gets to have a drumstick!
Instead of roasting a turkey for hours these cuties are done in just over half an hour. The bright citrusy sauce goes well with conventional Thanksgiving flavors such as green beans and cranberry sauce, and the teriyaki and ginger add just enough exotic flavor to be fun without straying too far from the traditional path.
This recipe allows for one whole game hen per person, but if you have little kids at your table, two can probably share one. And if you have a ton of people to feed, no worries! You can easily increase this recipe with no problem.
- 1 cup San-J Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 fresh ginger, finely grated 2 inch by 1 inch piece
- 6 Cornish game hens 1 – 1 ¼ pound each
- 1 cup gluten free chicken stock
- Salt and pepper
Whisk together the Teriyaki Sauce, orange juice, garlic, and ginger. Place game hens in a large food storage bag, add 1 cup of the marinade, reserving the rest, and let the hens marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a rack on a rimmed baking sheet and arrange the hens on the rack. Drizzle each hen with the marinade from the bag. Roast the hens for 35 – 40 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees, basting occasionally with some of the reserved marinade.
Transfer the hens to a platter, cover with foil and let sit while preparing the sauce.
Pour any juices from the roasting pan into a saucepan along with the remaining reserved marinade and the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and let cook for 5 – 6 minutes or until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve the hens topped with the sauce.
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