Apricot-Glazed Game Hens

This sumptuous main course is perfect for a holiday dinner. The hens brown beautifully and the savory glaze keeps them tender and moist.



1 cup apricot nectar


1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon butter

4 (1 to 1-1/2 pounds) Cornish game hens

salt and pepper

8 fresh sage leaves

Honey Tips

Honey Is Sweeter Than Sugar

Due to the high level of fructose, honey is 25% sweeter than table sugar.


Preheat oven to 400°. Line a broiler pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Glaze: Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered 8 minutes. Remove from heat.
Rinse game hens and pat dry. Sprinkle cavity with salt and pepper. Using your finger separate the skin from the breast, and slip a sage leaf under the skin of each breast. Place on prepared pan. Roast 45 – 50 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180&deg. During the last 30 minutes baste hens every 10 minutes with glaze. If they begin to get too brown, tent with aluminum foil. Mix any leftover glaze with the pan drippings and bring to a boil. Serve as a sauce with hens.
Serves: 4