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Cornish Hen with Bulgur-Bacon Stuffing

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Cornish Hen with Bulgur-Bacon Stuffing
  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 10 min
  • Servings 2
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Use this recipe when you need a special occasion dinner for two.

Ingredients

1
slice bacon, chopped
1
small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
1/4
cup water
1
teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
3
tablespoons uncooked bulgur
1/4
cup shredded zucchini
1/4
cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1/2
teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1
Rock Cornish hen (1 1/2 lb)
1
tablespoon butter or margarine, melted

Directions

  • 1 In 1-quart saucepan, cook bacon and onion over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until bacon is cooked and onion is tender. Drain bacon and onion. In same saucepan, heat water and bouillon granules to boiling. Stir in bulgur; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 15 minutes. Stir in bacon mixture, zucchini, mushrooms and thyme.
  • 2 Heat oven to 350°F. Fill body cavity of hen with stuffing. Fasten opening with skewer. Place hen, breast side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Place meat thermometer in thigh muscle so tip does not touch bone. Brush with some of the butter.
  • 3 Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, brushing occasionally with remaining butter, until juice of hens is clear when thickest pieces are cut to bone (at least 165°F).
  • 4 Remove stuffing from body cavity. Cut hen in half along backbone from tail to neck with kitchen scissors. Serve each hen half with stuffing.
Tips  

Bulgur—also spelled “bulghur” or “bulgar”—consists of wheat kernels that have been steamed, dried and crushed. With a mild flavor and chewy texture, bulgur is a great stand-in for rice in nearly any recipe.

No chicken bouillon granules on hand? Omit the 1/4 cup water and use 1/4 cup chicken broth instead.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
405
(
Calories from Fat
245
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
27 g
(
Saturated Fat
9 g
)
Cholesterol
165 mg
Sodium
790 mg
Potassium
490 mg
Total Carbohydrate
15 g
(
Dietary Fiber
3 g
)
Protein
29 g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 4 Lean Meat; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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