These Cornish Hens are served with a wonderful low carb cranberry sauce for the perfect celebratory meal!
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Now you may or may not have noticed that there aren’t many turkey recipes on this blog. I’m just not a fan. I would choose chicken over turkey any day! I enjoy roasting a whole chicken but when I was in Walmart the other day I noticed a handy twin pack of Tyson® All Natural Premium Cornish Hens and knew that they would be perfect for me and my husband.
These Tyson® All Natural Premium Cornish Hens are individually bagged – which really protects them from freezer burn! They are minimally processed with no artificial ingredients, added hormones or steroids. Well that’s a relief! If the weather is mild enough where you live you can crank up the grill and cook them outside – we have cooked a whole chicken that way but these would be even easier! You could even fit them in the slow cooker!! As it was raining on the day I came to cook them and I only have a teeny slow cooker, I decided to roast them. No special prep needed – I just followed the instructions and roasted them in a preheated 350F oven on a rack with some salt and pepper.
The instructions also suggested basting with butter so I chopped up some fresh parsley, mashed it into three tablespoons of softened butter and added some salt and black pepper. Then I dolloped a spoonful over the top of the hens and roasted for one hour, basting with the butter every 20 minutes.
While the hens were cooking I made some low carb cranberry sauce. I placed the cranberries in a saucepan and checked for any soft or brown ones – luckily there weren’t any!
Then I added water, xylitol and a touch of orange extract. I brought the sauce to a boil and enjoyed the sound of all those popping berries! I lowered the heat and the sauce formed all by itself!
At this point I checked for sweetness – we quite like tart fruit in our house, so I added only a little liquid stevia, then transferred it to a serving bowl.
I microwaved the green beans according to the pack instructions, and served the Tyson® All Natural Premium Cornish Hens whole with the beans and the cranberry sauce! It was a perfect meal!
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- 12 oz fresh cranberries
- ¾ cup water
- ½ cup xylitol
- ¼ tsp orange extract optional
- few drops of liquid stevia to taste
- Place the cranberries in a saucepan and remove any that are soft and/or brown.
- Add the water, xylitol and orange extract (if using). Bring to the boil.
- Reduce to a medium heat. The cranberries will start bursting and the sauce will form after about 10 minutes. Stir frequently.
- Add liquid stevia to taste, if required.
3g net carbs per serving (not incl sugar alcohol)
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