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Friday, January 11, 2013

Hoisin Glazed Cornish Hens

I am a fan of Chef Aaron McCargo. He has a show on Food Network called Big Daddy's House. Chef McCargo does some great pub style food and drink recipes on this show. The recipes are just down right FUN!

When I was shuffling around his site and came across this one, it SCREAMED sofa tailgating. It was a winner. It was simple to make and my boys ate every bite. A bonus, The Bears won that day. It will be a staple on my menu when I am looking for something interesting for dinner. I partnered it with a fried rice recipe, but was unhappy with that recipe and will not go back to that one. It didn't detract from the tastiness of the Hoisin Glazed Cornish Hens! Don't believe me? This recipe has a 5 star rating AFTER 47 REVIEWS

Now, I like a crispy crust and shook the hens in some cornstarch before deep frying it. I think it did a lil' somethin' for it!

So, here we go!:


2 Cornish Hens
Canola Oil (for deep frying)
1/2 cup corn starch in a Ziploc bag
1/2 cup hoisin
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup green onion, sliced


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut hens in half and shake in cornstarch.

2) In a deep fryer, fill the pot by 2/3 of the way. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F.

3) Add the hen slowly to the oil and fry for 15 minutes until golden brown or your hen has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

4) Remove the hen from the oil and drain on a paper towel.

5) Whisk together the hoisin, honey , red pepper flakes, and the green onion. Brush mixture over the cooked hen on both sides and reserve the extra sauce for dipping.

6) Place in oven for about 10 minutes. Flip over and brush reserved sauce on flipped side. Place in oven for another 10 minutes.


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