BBQ Tangerine Hatch Chile Roasted Cornish Game Hens #FreshTastyValentines

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This week I will be filling this space with fresh and tasty recipes- perfect to share with your valentine next week. Don't forget to check out the prize package below and enter! 

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Today I am sharing a perfect recipe for two using one of my favorite poultry proteins- cornish game hens.  I have shared cornish game hens before because I think they make a lovely meal and always look impressive. They are much easier to prepare and cook much quicker than chicken and are usually have a very reasonable price point at the store. I normally roast mine with butter, salt and pepper but this was a perfect time to show-off a few of our sponsor ingredients! 

NotKetchup sent the bloggers a bottle of their newest product: Tangerine Hatch Chile  NotKetchup Sauce. The sauce is a fantastic all-purpose sauce that has no added sugar, no artificial or non-nutritive sweeteners, nothing artificial and no preservatives.  In Fact, the sauce is only sweetened with real fruit like tangerines, apples and dates and there is only 1g sugar per serving. I sampled the product right when we got it and couldn't wait to get cooking! I opted to mix mine with a little mine with a little tangy bbq sauce and the flavors were amazing! 

KitchenIQ generously sent me a BetterZester and Strawberry Tool. I used the zester for this recipe and the zester is wonderful and has a slightly curved design and a bonus container for easy zest removal. The added lemon lest in my sauce worked perfectly with the tangerine and brought out the citrus in the NotKetchup!

Ron, Kellen and I loved this meal and Kellen loved dipping his serving in extra sauce- we are so lucky he is in a stage that he likes to try food because with toddlers you never know what you will get! We served our hens with a side of roasted broccoli and wild rice. This is a perfect meal to share as a family or as a romantic dinner for two. 

I am so excited to share all of the recipes for #FreshTastyValentines! Also, check out the other bloggers on the hop below for more recipes! 


2 Cornish Game Hens
1 fresh lemon, quartered
Salt and Pepper
1/3 cup Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup
1/3 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
Lemon zest of a 1/2 lemon


In a medium bowl, whisk together NotKetchup, bbq sauce and lemon zest. Set aside.

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Pat the hens dry and stuff with lemon quarters. Season with salt and pepper and truss if desired. Place in a roasting pan and roast for about 60 minutes or until the temperature reaches 165 degrees. 

When the hens are in the last 20 minutes of roasting, generously brush the hens with the BBQ sauce. Return to over and allow the hens to finish roasting. 

Remove from the over and allow the hens to rest 5-10 minutes before carving and serving.

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