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Cornish Hens With Red Wine Sauce

Type: Poultry
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

3 tablespoons 45mlPure olive oil
4   Cornish hens - split in half
  Down the back
  Salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste
1 cup 62g / 2.2ozPeeled pearl onions - (frozen are fine)
1/2 cup 55g / 1.9ozDiced carrots
1/2 cup 73g / 2.6ozDiced turnips
2 tablespoons 30mlDried thyme
3   Garlic cloves - crushed
1 cup 237mlDry red wine
1/2 cup 31g / 1.1ozCanned plum tomatoes - drained, crushed
2 cups 474mlChicken stock
1/4 cup 59mlCrumbled crisp-fried bacon

Recipe Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Season the chicken halves with the salt and pepper and brown well on both sides before removing and placing in an ovenproof casserole.

To the skillet in which you cooked the chicken, add the onions, carrots, turnips, thyme and garlic and saute until the vegetables begin to wilt. Add the red wine, plum tomatoes and chicken stock to the vegetables and cook 10 minutes over medium heat. Pour the vegetable mixture over the chicken in the ovenproof casserole and bake 1 1/4 hours.

When the chicken has finished baking, add the cooked, crumbled bacon to the casserole and serve with chive mashed potatoes.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

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