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Caribbean Sweet & Spicy Cornish Hens

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Just 12 more days people! 12 more days until we sit down to the best meal of the year. 12 more days until we get together as a family, eat, yell at the football game and play pictionary. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. For family dinner,  I’m contributing my usuals the greens and a few pies) plus a few more dishes like these sweet and spicy Cornish hens with herb roasted potatoes and vegetables. 

Caribbean Sweet & Spicy Cornish Hens

 I’m ditching the big bird duties because I just can’t commit all that time and oven space while navigating my kiddos. Baby E took his first crawls yesterday so in 12 days, I’m sure he will be a professional crawler. Besides, cornish hens say “wow you went all gourmet on us” meanwhile I’ll be smiling on the inside because they are super easy to prepare. 

Herb blend to stuff hens

Stuff with lemons, onions, garlic and sprigs of thyme then season with salt free seasoning, garlic powder, paprika and olive oil.

Brown cornish hens in a cast iron skillet.

Caribbean Sweet & Spicy Cornish Hens

As for the flavoring of these Cornish hens, I thank my Jamaican heritage for the joy that is jerk seasoning. We love mixing our traditional dishes with the traditional dishes of American Thanksgiving. You can amp up the spiciness of this dish by adding more jerk seasoning to the actual Cornish hens or the basting sauce. My toddler actually enjoys a little bit of spicy food so introducing her to Jamaican jerk in this dish is perfect.  

Caribbean Sweet & Spicy Glaze

Baste cornish hens with caribbean sweet and spicy glaze. 

Caribbean Sweet & Spicy Cornish Hens

Bake for one hour and then serve with roasted  potatoes and vegetables. 

Caribbean Sweet & Spicy Cornish Hens


Caribbean Sweet & Spicy Cornish Hens
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  1. 2 - Tyson® Cornish Hens
  2. 1/2 white onion, chopped
  3. 1 green onion, chopped
  4. 1 lemon, cut up
  5. 3-4 sprigs sprigs of thyme
  6. 2 tsp garlic powder
  7. 1 tsp paprika
  8. 1 tsp salt free seasoning
  9. 1 tsp dry Jamaican jerk seasoning
  10. 1 /4 c raw sugar
  11. 1 tbsp honey
  12. 1 tbsp orange juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Clean cornish hens, stuff with lemon wedges, thyme, garlic, green and white onions.
  3. Sprinkle garlic powder, salt free seasoning and paprika with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over hens.
  4. Place sugar, honey, orange juice and jerk seasoning in a bowl and stir to combine.
  5. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in cast iron skillet.
  6. Brown cornish hens for 3-5 minutes each side then place in oven safe dish.
  7. Baste with sweet and spicy glaze.
  8. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes, cover then bake for an additional 20 minutes. Glaze cornish hens lightly every 10-15 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven, lightly vent and let cool.
  10. Cut each cornish hen in half and serve with roasted potatoes, carrots and brussels sprouts.
What MJ Loves™
Cornish hens scream gourmet but besides being easy to prepare, Tyson® Cornish Hens are 100% natural with no artificial ingredients, hormones, steroids or preservatives. This means my kids can enjoy them without me worrying about what else they may be injecting.

Tyson Cornish Hens

You can grabTyson® Cornish Hens at your local Kroger all year round. They are perfect for the holidays and perfect for a lovely meal any day of the year.

Caribbean Sweet & Spicy Cornish Hens

Make my Caribbean Sweet & Spicy Cornish Hens or use one of Tyson® recipes as a great edition to your holiday meal. What’s on your holiday menu this year? Share your favorite family recipes with me. 

 Easy and delicious caribbean sweet and spicy cornish hens  

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  • Reply
    Jim Hoopes
    December 3, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Fix this when you get all the things to make it with…
    Looks awesome. I can almost taste it already.

    • Reply
      M J
      December 5, 2015 at 9:05 AM

      Thanks Jim. It is delicious.

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