Rum Glazed Cornish Hens Stuffed with Sweet Plantains

This Christmas Obed and I spent our first Christmas alone…..well really our second Christmas, since we spent our first Christmas in the hospital.  Last year I was hospitalized on Christmas Eve with chest pains.  Turn out it was a pulmonary embolism, in laymen’s term….I had a clot in my lung. FUN!   Let me tell you that sucker hurt, but the doctor’s were kind and pumped me full of drugs.   The hypothosis was that the clot was brough on by the “I don’t want to get knock-up pills” that I had started taking 30 days, to the day, prior.   Obed and I got to spend our very first Christmas as a married couple in the hospital opening presents.  Although we did have quite a parade of friends and family come to visit.  No worries though, everything is back to normal, clot gone and treatment done.

Rum Glazed Hens

So I consider this Christmas our first “real” Christmas, since we managed to stay out of the hospital this year and actually open presents under the Christmas tree, but it was our first Christmas away from family.  I wanted to make it a little special so I thought I would get “down-home” and a little “fancy” with some Cornish hens.  Although we were far from family and friends this year, it beats last year’s Christmas without a doubt and it was a white Christmas to boot. 

Let’s cook shall we……

In a blender combine garlic, onion, orange juice and lime juice with seasons sugar, cumin, oregano, lemon-pepper, black pepper, salt and cilantro.  Blend until thoroughly incorporated. Pour in the olive oil, and blend until smooth.

Divide marinade and marinate Cornish hens in large Ziploc bags for 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat.  Trim the ends of the ripe plantains and bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes, until skins are dark and begin to split. 

The plantain will also push out the ends.  Remove from oven and cool.  Once cool enough to handle, peel plantains, slice and place in a medium bowl.

Rum Glazed Hens

Whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, garlic and rum in a small bowl.  Add 3 tbs of the butter rum mixture to the plantains.  Using a fork or potato masher, mash the plantains and set aside. 

Try not to eat them straight out of the bowl….you will be tempted.

Rum Glazed Hen

Turn oven up to 400 degrees.

Remove Cornish hens from marinade and pat dry.  (Advisory:  This is a photo before marinating.  I forgot to take a photos after marinating….oops.)

I will confess that I thought these were so funny and cute I held them up by the wings, sang a little song and made them dance.  I was sure to call Obed over to watch.   He asked if I had taken any medication.  :D

Rum Glazed Chicken

Now brace yourself, this is when it starts to get frisky.

Using your fingers, gently separate the skin from the hen, season the hens under the skin and inside the cavity with salt and pepper, then rub the butter rum glaze under the skin and in the cavity.   Reserved half of the butter rum mixture for basting.

Rum Glazed Cornish Hens

Loosely fill the cavities of the hens with mashed sweet plantains.  Tie up the legs with roasting twine.  (I was out so I used sewing thread….shhhhh…don’t tell)

Rum Glazed Hens

Place in a roasting rack or pan and generously brush the skin of the hens with butter rum glaze.  Roast in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hours, basting periodically with butter rum glaze and drippings, or until an instant reading thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 170 degrees.

Rum Glazed Hens

Allow hens to rest, loosely covered with foil, for at least 10 minutes.

Rum Glazed Hens

This chicken was fantastico!  I got many praises and grunts from the spousal figure.  He even took the bones of my plate and sucked them clean.  I know that sounds  a little gross, but well….whatever.

The chicken was tender and juicy, full of flavor and the glaze gave it a hint of sweetness.  You can easily do this same recipe substituting the hens for a whole chicken if you like. 

My favorite part were the sweet plantains.  They soaked in all the flavor of the chicken and were absolutely divine.  I will be making this again without a doubt.

Print Recipe

Rum Glazed Cornish Hens Stuffed with Sweet Plantains

Mojo Marinade

This marinade can also be used for steaks, pork and fish minus the sugar.

  • 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup minced yellow onion
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbs of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano flakes
  • 1/2 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup olive oil

In a blender combine garlic, onion, orange juice and lime juice with seasons sugar, cumin, oregano, lemon-pepper, black pepper, salt and cilantro.  Blend until thoroughly incorporated. Pour in the olive oil, and blend until smooth.

Divide marinade and marinate Cornish hens in large Ziploc bags for 2 hours or overnight.

Cornish Hens

  • 2 3 lb Cornish Hens
  • 3 large ripe plantains
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 3 1/2 tbs of brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of dark rum (I use Captain Morgan Spiced Rum)
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper or with a silicon mat.  Trim the ends of the ripe plantains and bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes, until skins are dark.  The plantain will also push out the ends.  Remove from oven and cool.  Once cool enough to handle, peel plantains, slice and place in a medium bowl. 

Whisk together butter, brown sugar, garlic and rum in a small bowl.  Add 3 tbs of the butter rum mixture to the plantains.  Using a fork or potato masher, mash the plantains and set aside.

Turn oven up to 400 degrees.

Remove Cornish hens from marinade and pat dry.  Using your fingers, gently separate the skin from the hen, season the hens under the skin and inside the cavity with salt and pepper, then rub the butter rum glaze under the skin and in the cavity.   Reserved half of the butter rum mixture for glazing.

Loosely fill the cavities of the hens with mashed sweet plantains.  Tie up the legs with roasting twine.  Place in a roasting rack and generously brush the skin of the hens with butter rum glaze.  Roast in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hours, basting periodically with butter rum glaze and drippings, or until an instant reading thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 170 degrees.  (If skin begins to brown before hens are ready tent with aluminum foil.) Allow hens to rest, loosely covered with foil, for at least 10 minutes.

Serving suggestion :  Arroz con Gandules (Rice and Pigeon Peas)

Comments

  1. Maria says

    I’m in love with this site my dad is from P.R. and my mom is white but she can make rice and beans way better than my dad lol. but i grew up eating these foods and never learned to cook them . When i got married to a Paruvian then every thing went crazy lol. He showed how to cook some paruvian dishes but I still wanted to learn more your site is easy to fallow and the food tastes great know i dont have to go to a corner store for my food I can make at home. Thank you.

  2. Bill Cologne says

    I love Cornish Hens and have been making them for a long time. However, this recipe is by far the best recipe I have ever made. The flavors are amazing together. I marinated the Cornish Hens for two days, actually because of a busy schedule and I wasn’t sure if it would be over seasoned. Not one bit. We scarfed these babies down in no time and wished I had made more. This is officially my all time favorite recipe on your blog. Keep blogging, I really love your latin inspired fusion cuisine. Thanks a million!!!

  3. Julie says

    I made this tonight and I can only describe the *experience* as orgasmic. Husband and I sat down in silence while devouring those little birds. My only change was the plantain, I replaced it with a big sweet potato mashed. Served with steamed asparagus. OM NOM NOM

  4. Dee rivera says

    I’m also a wanna be chef like you. I fallow your recipe but instead of using the cornisg hens i used chicken breast and I stuffed inside with the maduro and came out really good. it was my gf birthday and it was perfect thanks to your recipe .

    i will like to suguest to make a cocunut rice with gandules and cubes of ham on top mmmmmmm it really good combination of colombia and puerto rico.

    I really like what u do with this website and I identify with u a lot because u do what i love photos and cooking really good combination congrats!!!!

    diego rivera

  5. says

    This is the way to go with Cornish hens I have bookmarekd your site and hope to return often for inspiration. Keep cooking, but more importantly keep blogging

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