Spice-Rubbed Game Hens with Rhubarb-Date Chutney
Tart rhubarb simmered in cider vinegar with chopped dates, brown sugar and cinnamon makes an excellent chutney to accompany tender game hens. The chutney would be delightful with pork as well. It freezes well, so if you like, you can make extra to enjoy throughout the year.
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the chutney (Step 4) for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 4 weeks. To reheat, microwave on High for about 2 minutes or warm in a saucepan over low heat.
Equipment: Kitchen string (optional)
Note: Cornish game hens, a naturally smaller breed of chicken, are a cross between Plymouth Rock and Cornish chickens. Usually weighing less than 2 pounds, one bird will comfortably serve two. If you can't find fresh hens, look for them in the freezer section. To retain moisture, hens should be prepared with the skin on, but to reduce fat and calories, remove the skin before eating.
1 other carbohydrate, 5 lean meat