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Cornish Game In Mandarin Glaze

Cornish Game In Mandarin Glaze

By Traeger Kitchen

Fresh from the hunt, these Traeger roasted Cornish game hens will be the sweet meat of triumph.

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

45 Minutes




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2 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon granulated garlic
1 Tablespoon Jacobsen Salt Co. Pure Kosher Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
5 Whole Cornish game hens
15 Sprig fresh thyme
2 Large oranges, quartered
2 Tablespoon Olive oil
1 Bottle (12 oz) mandarin orange sauce


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 375°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    375 ˚F / 191 ˚C

  • 2

    Combine onion powder, granulated garlic, Jacobsen Salt, and ground ginger.

    • 2 Tablespoon onion powder

    • 1 Tablespoon granulated garlic

    • 1 Tablespoon Jacobsen Salt Co. Pure Kosher Sea Salt

    • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger

  • 3

    Remove the hens from the packaging. Remove any giblets from each cavity and pat them dry with a paper towel.

    • 5 Whole Cornish game hens

  • 4

    Place 4 to 5 sprigs of fresh thyme into each cavity, along with 1 orange wedge.

    • 15 Sprig fresh thyme

    • 2 Large oranges, quartered

  • 5

    Sprinkle each bird with the spice mixture, then rub with olive oil. Tie the legs together with butcher's twine.

    • 2 Tablespoon Olive oil

  • 6

    Place the game hens on the Traeger and cook for 20 minutes.

    375 ˚F / 191 ˚C

  • 7

    After 20 minutes, brush each hen with mandarin glaze. Let them cook an additional 20 minutes and brush again with the glaze.

    375 ˚F / 191 ˚C

    • 1 Bottle (12 oz) mandarin orange sauce

  • 8

    Cook until hens have reached an internal temperature of 160°F. Enjoy!

    375 ˚F / 191 ˚C

    160 ˚F / 71 ˚C

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