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Cornish Hens with Apricots, Tomatoes and Spices

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Category: Poultry

 Ingredients List

  • 12 tb Chicken fat
  • 6 Cornish game hens, halved
  • Salt and freshly ground
  • -black pepper, to taste
  • 4 ts Cinnamon
  • 4 c Chopped onion
  • 1 ts Cloves
  • 3 c Canned plum tomatoes, diced,
  • -with juices reserved
  • 3 1/2 c Dried apricots, soaked in
  • -hot water for 1 hr and
  • -drained
  • 2 c Chicken stock
  • 1/3 c Brown sugar


Heat 6 tbsp fat in a large saucepan. Sprinkle the hens with salt, pepper
and 1 tsp cinnamon, then brown well. In another saucepan, heat remaining
chicken fat, add the onions and cook over low heat 5 min or until onions
are transparent. Add remaining 3 tsp cinnamon and the cloves and cook 3
more min stirring occasionally. Add about 1/2 c of the reserved tomato
juices. Puree half the soaked aprico ts in a food processor or blender, and
coarsely chop the rest. Add the pureed apricots, the diced tomatoes and 1 c
chicken stock to the onion mixture. Simmer, uncovered, 5 min. Puree 2 c of
the onion mixture. Return to the pan, add the remaining apricots, brown
sugar and remaining chicken stock. Add enough additional liquid to thin the
sauce out to a medium thickness. Place half the sauce in the bottom of a
large casserole. Add the hens and cover with the remaining sauce. Bake,
covered, in a 350F oven until done, 30-40 minutes.

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