Maple syrup is an easy, delicious glaze for this quick-cooking bird. Instead of hens, you can substitute a whole chicken; just cook it a bit longer.



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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stir together maple syrup and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Using kitchen twine, tie hen legs together, then tuck wing tips underneath. Place hens on a rimmed baking sheet and rub with 1 teaspoon oil; season with salt and pepper.

  • Roast 10 minutes. Remove sheet from oven and add carrots, onion, garlic, and thyme. Toss vegetables with 2 teaspoons oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast 20 minutes.

  • Brush hens with maple mixture. Continue to roast, brushing twice more, until juices run clear when hens are pierced between breast and leg or an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of a thigh (avoiding bone) registers 165 degrees, about 15 minutes. Transfer hens to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, toss vegetables with lemon juice. Carve hens and serve with vegetables.

Cook's Notes

To give the hens a nice shape and to help them cook evenly, tie the legs with kitchen twine before roasting.

Reviews (2)

45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
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  • 3 star values: 23
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Rating: Unrated
We used a large Pyrex dish instead of the cooking sheet with the foil that it called for, and added new potatoes in with the carrots and it turned out great! We added a little more olive oil to the veggies mid-cooking and they turned out awesome! We didn't use the lemon juice, but I fathom that is just to taste. Overall, a great recipe.
Rating: Unrated
I've found this recipe to be tastier if you brush the syrup/cumin mixture on from the very beginning.