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Coca-Cola Glazed Cornish Hens | Grandbaby Cakes
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Coca-Cola Glazed Cornish Hens

Forget the traditional turkey this Thanksgiving. Try my Coca-Cola glazed cornish hens instead! They are made in just one hour so you can spend more time with the ones you love.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 591kcal


  • 2 cornish hens
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • Sliced oranges and thyme for garnish
  • Wild rice for serving


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Rinse each cornish hen in cold water and dry with paper towels.
  • Add cornish hens to a skillet or deep pan for roasting.
  • Sprinkle the skin of the hens with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Roast for 45 minutes.
  • While hens roast, create the glaze. In a medium sized pan or pot, whisk together Coca-Cola, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and orange juice and bring to boil over high heat.
  • Turn heat down to medium and continue to cook until glaze has reduced and is thick and sticky.
  • Remove hens from oven and brush half of glaze equally over each hen.
  • Bake for 10 minutes then repeat with remaining glaze on hens.
  • Bake for 15 more minutes or until hens are completely cooked through. If you would like, turn the oven to broil to further brown the tops of the hens.
  • Let rest for 10-15 minutes then serve with wild rice and garnish plates with orange slices and thyme.


How to Store
To keep your Glazed Cornish Hens delicious for later, let them cool completely before wrapping them snugly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Store them in the deepest part of the refrigerator for up to three days. For extended keeping, freeze the hens in airtight containers or freezer bags, and they'll be good for a couple of months—just thaw in the fridge before reheating to maintain that succulent goodness!


Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 584mg | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2.1mg