Chinese Cornish Game Hens

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Our celebration of the Chinese New Year continues with this weekend recipe for Chinese Cornish Game Hens. In China, symbolic foods bring good fortune, and chickens and hens signify happiness and a long marriage.


Today’s recipe comes from Executive Chef Andy Kao of Panda Express. All of the ingredients should be available at your local natural and organic food store.

Chinese Cornish Game Hens

Serves 2

2 Cornish game hens (1 pound each)
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 quart chicken broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons sliced green onion, including tops
2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons sugar
1½ quarts vegetable oil
Fresh coriander, for garnish
Dipping sauce (recipe follows)

  1. Dry hens with paper towels and rub with salt. Cover loosely and refrigerate 8 hours. Rinse salt from hens and dry with paper towels.
  2. Stir broth, soy sauce, green onion, five-spice powder, ginger and sugar in medium-large saucepan. Bring to a boil; add hens. Bring to a boil again and lower heat; simmer 25 minutes. Remove hens from broth; discard broth mixture. Dry hens with paper towel; set aside.
  3. Heat oil in large wok (or deep, heavy saucepan) to 350°F. Add hens and cook about 8 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Serve garnished with fresh coriander, with dipping sauce alongside.

Dipping Sauce

1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Dash red pepper flakes

Stir ingredients together.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Panda Express

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