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Grilled Cornish Hens with Citrus

 Grilled Cornish Hens with Citrus
A simple citrus oil wonderfully coats moist and tender Cornish game hens. Serving grilled grapefruit slices on the side is an innovative touch.—Delores Moore, Fort Worth, Texas
4 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Grill: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 orange peel strips (3 inches)
  • 3 lemon peel strips (2 inches)
  • 3 lime peel strips (2 inches)
  • 2 grapefruit peel strips (3 inches)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine syrup
  • 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each), split lengthwise
  • 1 medium grapefruit, cut into 1/2-in. slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • In a small skillet, heat oil over low heat. Add the citrus peels,
  • cinnamon and allspice; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes. Discard peels;
  • transfer oil mixture to a small bowl.
  • In the same skillet, combine juices. Bring to a boil; cook until
  • liquid is reduced to about 3 tablespoons. Stir into oil mixture; add
  • grenadine.

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Grilled Cornish Hens with Citrus (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Brush hens and grapefruit slices with oil mixture; sprinkle hens with
  • salt. Grill hens, covered, over medium heat for 20-25 minutes or
  • until juices run clear, turning occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, grill grapefruit slices for 2-3 minutes on each side or
  • until heated through. Serve with hens. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 hen half with 1 grapefruit slice equals 519 calories, 38 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 174 mg cholesterol, 476 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 30 g protein.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.