Cornish Game Hens Recipe With Pomegranate Molasses: A New Thanksgiving Tradition by 30Seconds Food

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Cornish Game Hens Recipe With Pomegranate Molasses: A New Thanksgiving Tradition

These little Cornish game hens may look impressive, but they're really easy to make. With sweet pomegranate molasses, honey and spices, this easy Cornish game hen recipe hits on all notes. 

Cornish game hens can also be split in half before cooking, but be sure to adjust the cooking time because they will cook faster. This delicious and easy recipe can be a weeknight dinner or a holiday showstopper.

Cuisine: English / American
Prep Time: 6 hours to marinate
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 7 hours
Servings: 2 to 3


  • 1/2 cup pomegranate molasses
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 5 - 6 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 2 - 3 Cornish game hens
  • honey, for drizzling
  • pomegranate seeds, for garnish (optional)

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine the pomegranate molasses, honey, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne and garlic in a large plastic food storage bag. Add the hens and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours and up to overnight. 
  2. When ready to cook, remove the hens from the marinade. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan. Cook the marinade for about 10 minutes or until thickened. Set aside. 
  3. Put the hens into a baking pan. Sprinkle the hens with salt and pepper. Bake in a preheated 425-degree F oven for about 40 to 50 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F, basting often with the marinade.
  4. Remove from the oven and let the hens rest a few minutes before serving. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and drizzle with honey, if desired.

Note: If the hens start to get too dark, cover with foil. Because of the molasses and honey, watch them closely. 

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This is a fantastic idea. Delicious, too!
Elisa Schmitz
I love that this dinner can be dressed up for special occasions, or made any night, just because. So good!

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