Cornish Hens with Gingered Brown Rice

Course : Chicken
Serves: 6
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2 tablespoons orange juice
1/3 cup onion finely chopped
3 cups brown or white rice cooked
1/4 cup ginger finely chopped crystallized
3 tablespoons parsley flakes chopped fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon thyme leaves chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1 tablespoons orange juice
4 1/2 pounds Rock Cornish hens (3 hens about 1 1/2 pounds each)
2 tablespoons orange juice

Preparation / Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat 2 tablespoons orange juice to boiling in 2 1/2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion in orange juice, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender. Stir in rice, ginger, parsley, thyme and 1 tablespoon orange juice. 2. Fill body cavity of each hen with rice mixture. Place hens, breast side up, in ungreased rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches. Brush with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the remaining orange juice. Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, brushing with some of remaining orange juice every 30 minutes, until thermometer reads 180 degrees and juice of hens is no longer pink when center of thigh is cut. 3. Remove stuffing from hens. Cut hens in half along backbone and breastbone from tail to neck, using kitchen scissors.

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