I love to cook and bake just about everything, but grilling is my specialty. These game hens pick up wonderful flavor from a sweet and refreshing marinade.—Kriss Erickson, Kalauea, Hawaii
- 2 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each), split lengthwise
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2/3 cup white wine vinegar
- 8 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 2 to 3 tablespoons ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Dash pepper
- Place hens in a large resealable plastic bag. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour half into bag; add the hens. Seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
- Drain and discard marinade from hens. Place hens in a 13-in. x 9-in. disposable aluminum pan. Pour reserved marinade over hens; cover pan.
- Grill, covered, over medium-hot heat for 35-40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 180° and meat juices run clear, basting frequently. Place hens directly over heat for the last 3-4 minutes of cooking time, turning once. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Game Hens in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p47
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