Citrus Roasted Cornish Hen

Ingredients

  • 3 lemon, sliced
  • 1 red grapefruit, juiced
  • 6 rosemary sprigs, chopped
  • 4 thyme sprigs, chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 10 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 lb frozen Cornish hen (thawed)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into dice

Instructions

1
Place the grapefruit juice, chopped rosemary, olive oil, chopped thyme, salt, ground black pepper, and smoked paprika in a blender.
2
Blend the mixture until smooth for 2 minutes.
3
Rub the blended mixture into the cornish hen, including the cavities.
4
Fill the cavity with lemon slices and secure the Cornish hen with butcher’s twine.
5
Place the cornish hen into a roasting pan and let it rest at room temperature for an hour.
6
Roast the Cornish hen in a preheated oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit covered with aluminum foil for 35 minutes.
7
Remove from the oven and discard the aluminum foil.
8
Pour in the chicken broth and continue roasting for another 35 minutes uncovered.
9
Remove from the oven and transfer to a large platter; let it rest for 5 minutes.
10
Meanwhile, strain the juices in the roasting pan and place them on a saucepan.
11
Add in the butter and reduce until thickened for about 5 minutes on low heat.
12
Season the gravy with salt and ground black pepper to taste.
13
Carve the roasted cornish hen and serve with gravy.

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