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Five - Spice Game Hens
What You Need:
  • 4 Cornish game hens
  • 4 teaspoons "five-spice" mixture
  • 4 teaspoons plum sauce
  • 2 tablespoons bean sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sherry wine
  • cup soy sauce
  • ╝ cup maple or other dark syrup

  • How To Cook:
    1. Wash and pat dry the game hens. Make certain the insides have been well drained. Sprinkle the five-spice seasoning mixture all over the insides of the hens.

    2. Mix the plum sauce, bean sauce, hoisin sauce, and wine in a small bowl. Heat in the microwave oven just a few seconds, if needed, to make the sauce of a good spreading consistency.

    3. Brush part of the sauce inside the cavities of the hens and the remainder all over the outside. Let set from 6 to 24 hours.

    4. Just before cooking, tie the legs and wings as close to the body as j possible. Mix the soy sauce and syrup in a small bowl and brush the birds liberally with it.

    5. Place the hens, breast-side down, on a microwave roasting rack or on overturned saucers placed in a baking dish. Have the tail ends toward the center of the arrangement.

    6. Cook, covered with wax paper, for 12 minutes. Turn each one over in its place and brush liberally with the soy sauce mixture.

    7. Continue cooking another 5 minutes, covered with wax paper. Remove the wax paper, brush on any remaining soy sauce mixture, and cook, uncovered, in the microwave oven until a golden brown and until a thermometer will register 185░F.

    8. Let stand, covered with foil, 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

        Try this same type of treatment (just increasing the amounts) for a beautiful, juicy, succulent Pekin duck or any duck, for that matter. "Five-spice" is a mixture of clove, fennel, licorice, cinnamon, and anise and may be ordered from oriental and specialty shops.
    To Serve: 4
    This recipe is also available in:
    Cuisine ╗ Asia ╗ Korea
    Main Ingredient ╗ Meat & Poultry ╗ Chicken
    Main Ingredient ╗ Condiments ╗ Soy Sauce
    Dish ╗ Main Courses


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