Gluten Free Roasted Orange Teriyaki Game Hens Recipe

Gluten Free Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Orange Teriyaki Sauce

Looking for an alternative to the traditional turkey for Thanksgiving? Perhaps you have a smaller crowd or limited time, or you just want something a little different this year? This Gluten Free Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Orange Teriyaki Sauce recipe is tasty, quick, adorable, and best yet – everyone gets to have a drumstick!

Instead of roasting a turkey for hours these cuties are done in just over half an hour. The bright citrusy sauce goes well with conventional Thanksgiving flavors such as green beans and cranberry sauce, and the teriyaki and ginger add just enough exotic flavor to be fun without straying too far from the traditional path.

This recipe allows for one whole game hen per person, but if you have little kids at your table, two can probably share one. And if you have a ton of people to feed, no worries! You can easily increase this recipe with no problem.

Gluten Free Roasted Orange Teriyaki Game Hens

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Gluten Free Roasted Orange Teriyaki Game Hens Recipe
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Gluten Free Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Orange Teriyaki Sauce

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time46 mins
Total Time2 hrs 1 min
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Japanese
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 635kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 1 cup San-J Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 fresh ginger, finely grated 2 inch by 1 inch piece
  • 6 Cornish game hens 1 – 1 ¼ pound each
  • 1 cup gluten free chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper


  • Whisk together the Teriyaki Sauce, orange juice, garlic, and ginger. Place game hens in a large food storage bag, add 1 cup of the marinade, reserving the rest, and let the hens marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a rack on a rimmed baking sheet and arrange the hens on the rack. Drizzle each hen with the marinade from the bag. Roast the hens for 35 – 40 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees, basting occasionally with some of the reserved marinade.
  • Transfer the hens to a platter, cover with foil and let sit while preparing the sauce.
  • Pour any juices from the roasting pan into a saucepan along with the remaining reserved marinade and the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and let cook for 5 – 6 minutes or until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve the hens topped with the sauce.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Orange Teriyaki Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 635 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 304mg101%
Sodium 240mg10%
Potassium 832mg24%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 52g104%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Vitamin C 22.4mg27%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. November 26, 2014

    Yum! I love how this sounds. I’ve only made cornish hens once before, looks like its time to make them again :)

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 1, 2014

      Sounds like a great plan, they are delicious.
      Thanks Lauren.


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