Celebration Cornish Hens

Celebration Cornish Hens Author: Canadian Living Credits: Celebration Cornish Hens

Poaching chicken in vinegar-flavoured broth adds intriguing flavour and elevates chicken to company fare. Crisping the skin under the broiler just gilds the lily.

  • Portion size 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 celery stalks thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots thinly sliced
  • 6 parsley sprigs
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cornish hens
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Method

In large Dutch oven or deep skillet, combine 3 cups (750 mL) water, vinegar, celery, carrots, parsley, cloves, onion, bay leaves, peppercorns and salt ; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, using kitchen shears, cut along both sides of backbone of each hen and remove backbone. Add hens to liquid, skin side up and in single layer; bring to simmer over high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove hens from pan. Strain liquid, reserving 1-1/3 cups (325 mL). (Make-ahead: Let hens and liquid cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate until cold. Cover and refrigerate separately for up to 24 hours.)

Place hens on broiler pan, skin side up; brush with oil. Broil 6 inches (15 cm) from heat until browned, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, in saucepan, boil reserved liquid until reduced to 1/3 cup (75 mL); remove from heat and whisk in butter. Serve with hens.

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 229 mg
  • Protein 26 g
  • Calories 389.0
  • Total fat 31 g
  • Cholesterol 166 mg
  • Saturated fat 10 g
  • Total carbohydrate 1 g

%RDI

  • Iron 9.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 1.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 9.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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