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These Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño Glazed Cornish Roasted Game Hens are, as the name suggests, sweet and spicy, due to the fact that I use the brine from my Candied Jalapeños for the glaze! The Cornish Game Hens stay moist and juicy and the skin is crispy with just a little hint of heat!!

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Sweet and Spicy Jalepeño Glazed Roasted Cornish Game Hens

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I serve these Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño Glazed Cornish Roasted Game Hens with a special Spicy Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing. The recipe for that shall follow shortly!! Of course, our favorite stuffing is stuffin’ muffins, so I spray the muffin tins with PAM Spray Pump. It makes for easy cleanup! Let’s face it, who doesn’t like the crispies best?? We used to fight for the crispies when my Mom stuffed a bird!

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Look at how beautiful these Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño Glazed Roasted Cornish Game Hens are!! Of course they are made so much healthier using PAM Spray Pump as opposed to butter! I can control the amount of fat added to these hens!

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If you like the sound of these Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño Glazed Cornish Roasted Game Hens, you will also love these Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño Pork Chops! Thanks for stopping by today and checking out the recipe for Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño Glazed Roasted Game Hens! Let me know what you think in the comments below! Enjoy! And have fun cooking!

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Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño Glazed Roasted Game Hens

Such a different, easy way to enjoy juicy Cornish Game Hens!
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Course: entree
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 455kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $12


  • 4 Cornish Game Hens, about 1 pound per bird
  • salt & pepper, about 3 teaspoons, each
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup juice from canned candied jalapeños
  • canned jalapeños for garnish
  • 1/2 small onion, cut into 8ths or use cornbread stuffing
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced or use cornbread stuffing
  • 1 small carrot, sliced or use cornbread stuffing


  • Wash, and thoroughly dry Game Hens with paper towel. Start oven to 350°F.
  • Spray chicken with a few pumps of PAM Spray Pump Olive Oil cooking spray. Salt and pepper the inside and outside of the bird. 
  • If using stuffing, loosely stuff bird. If not using stuffing, place a few slices of onion, carrot and celery to the cavity.
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  • Place birds in oven for 20 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and glaze with candied jalapeño juice. Return to oven. Baste about every 10 minutes with juice.
  • At 50 minutes, increase temperature to 400°F to brown birds, baste again. 
  • Use a thermometer to check that thigh temperature is 180°F. Once temperature is reached, tent with aluminum foil and let rest about 10 minutes. 
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Recipe for Spicy Cornbread Stuffing
Leftovers can be refrigerated for 3-4 days.
Reheat, briefly, in microwave, or eat cold.
Can be frozen, if the intent is to use in soup or stew. Not great to be eaten fresh, after thawing.
Soup or chicken stock can be made with carcasses.


Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 570mg | Vitamin A: 1310IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I love Pam! I can’t believe anyone wouldn’t love these Cornish Game Hens! Soooo good! Thank you for the inspiration! Do you have the Candied Jalapeno recipe on here? I’d love to try them next summer!

    1. I love PAM, as well! I have the candied jalapeños recipe scheduled for February 16th! I had to wait 3 months before I could use them! They are sooo good! Thank you for your comment!!

  2. 5 stars
    What a great idea to use the japaleno brine to flavour the hens, I will definitely do that. We also always fight over the crispy bit, with this Pam spay I can crisp anything I want. I need to look for it !!!

  3. 5 stars
    My two fave flavours are sweet and spicy and having it as a roasted game hen sounds stellar! I think I was there I would fight for the crispies too! heehee! 🙂 I love how easy it is to brown the chicken with pam’s cooking spray too!

  4. 5 stars
    I love that you used jalapeno juice to baste it!! These Cornish hens look so delicious! I drool just looking at them. I can’t wait to try your recipe Beth!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ll have to be on the lookout for the pump spray of Pam — I’m running low anyway. I love cornish game hens and
    those jalapenos sound like a fun way to kick up the flavor!

    1. it really is! I’ve used it with pork but it would be fantastic on just about any fish, as well! Thank you Leslie!

  6. I can’t tell you the last time I had Cornish game hens. I definitely need to try this recipe. Looks simple and delicious…thank you for sharing!

  7. Sometimes I am at a loss for what to do with Cornish Game Hens and so this recipe is such a delight! I love the combo of sweet and spicy – that jalapeno glaze sounds wonderful – I’d lick my plate clean for sure – maybe even the baking tray! 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    Love the Pam olive oil cooking spray! It is also so smart to just use the juice from the jalapenos can ,,, and candied!

  9. 5 stars
    These always make such a great presentation when you have company. That glaze sounds divine. Perfect for entertaining or a special ocassion.

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