Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hoisin-Glazed Cornish Hens

Prepare yourself.

Take a deep breath and try to read this post without drooling.

Sorry, it's just that good.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Crispy skin with sticky, spicy, sweet sauce.

Served with glazed green beans, Asian slaw and simple rice...

Yeah. I  had to walk an extra mile this morning, but it was so worth it.

I doubled the Hoisin sauce recipe to do two hens and the Asian Slaw, and I still had some leftovers (which will be happily eaten).

Hoisin-Glazed Cornish Hen
Recipe from Aaron McCargo Jr. of Food Network

  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) Cornish hens
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup Hoisin sauce (see recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup green onion, sliced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a very deep pot, bring enough oil to fill the pot by 1/2 of the way. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F.
Add the hen slowly to the oil and fry for 8 to 10 minutes on each side until golden brown and have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Remove the hen from the oil and drain on a paper towel.
Whisk together in a large bowl, the hoisin, honey, and green onion. Brush mixture over the cooked hen on both sides and reserve the extra sauce for dipping.
Place in oven for about 7 minutes. Take out. Flip over and brush reserved hoisin sauce on flipped side. Place in oven for another 7 minutes.

Homemade Hoisin Sauce
Recipe adapted from Group Recipes

  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoon of honey 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce (I used chile paste with garlic)
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • a dash of white pepper
Mix ingredients until well blended.

Asian Slaw
  • 1/2 package coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 head Romaine lettuce, chopped small
  • Enough Hoisin sauce to dress it to your liking (with the added honey and green onions from the cornish hens recipe)
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Glazed Green Beans
Recipe from Aaron McCargo Jr.

  • 1/2 pound fresh or frozen (thawed, drained) green beans
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onion
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, optional

In a large pot of boiling water, blanch long beans for 2 minutes until slightly tender. Allow to cool.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add butter. Add green onions, ginger and garlic. Mix together. Add red pepper flakes and beans. Stir in chicken stock, honey and sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and add sesame seeds, if desired. Allow to cook until sauce reduces to sticky sweetness.

What have you made lately?


April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

What a delicious looking meal! I like your homemade Hoisin Sauce too and those glazed green beans - oh my! This is my first week at Tasty Tuesday - thank you for hosting.

Erika Marie said...

ok um let me get a napkin or two!
so tell me what is the difference between a chicken and hen in recipes?

Farmer's City Wife said...

Thanks for participating, April!

Erika: Cornish hens are just young, smaller chickens so the recipes would be identical. The only difference, then, is how long to cook them. Undoubtedly you could do this with chicken pieces but I wouldn't know offhand how long to fry them -- until golden and 165° I guess (it took exactly 9 minutes on each side for the whole cornish hen to become perfectly golden). :)

Kansas Mom said...

Oh my, I want to make this! Just as soon as Second Son gets more settled in the world...

Unknown said...

Oh my gracious! This looks fabulous and I have a ton of chicken to use so thanks for posting this. The photos look wonderful as well. What kind of camera do you use! Love it!

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