Game Hens with Brussels Sprouts & Chestnuts
From EatingWell: November/December 2008
Game hens are even easier to prepare than chicken and help make your celebration more festive. Their buttery flavor complements roasted Brussels sprouts and chestnuts.
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 4 Cornish game hens, 1-1 1/2 pounds each
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large red onion, peeled and cut through the root end into 8 wedges
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half if large (about 6 cups)
- 16 ounces jarred roasted chestnuts, (2 1/2 cups; see Shopping Tip)
- 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Remove giblets (if included) from game hens and trim any excess skin. Loosen the skin over the breast and thigh meat and rub half the thyme mixture under the skin. Tie legs together with kitchen string.
- Heat butter and oil in a large roasting pan set over 2 burners on medium heat. Add the game hens and brown on all sides, turning occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Add onion to the pan, transfer to the oven and roast for 10 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts and roast for 20 minutes. Stir chestnuts and the remaining thyme mixture into the pan. Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into a thigh registers 165°F, 10 to 15 minutes more.
- Transfer the game hens to a large cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Place the roasting pan over 2 burners on medium heat. Toss the vegetables with vinegar and bring to a simmer, gently stirring and scraping up any browned bits. Remove the string from the game hens, turn breast-side down and slice in half lengthwise using a large heavy knife, cutting straight through to the breast side. Serve the game hens with the vegetables.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Equipment: Kitchen string
- Shopping tip: Cooked peeled chestnuts are available in jars in the baking aisle or with seasonal foods at many supermarkets.
Per serving: 313 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 2 g mono); 93 mg cholesterol; 39 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 6 g fiber; 656 mg sodium; 875 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (140% daily value), Potassium (25% dv), Folate (23% dv), Vitamin A & Iron (15% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 2
Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat
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- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- More than 1 hour
- 8 or more
- Main Ingredient
- Entertaining, formal
- November/December 2008