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Marinated Grilled Game Hens Recipe
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Marinated Grilled Game Hens Recipe

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An easy overnight marinade spiced with cinnamon and cumin adds wonderful flavor to these game hens. "My family enjoys them often during the grilling season," writes Marcia Bland of North Platte, Nebraska.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 Cornish game hens (20 to 24 ounces each), halved


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the lime juice, oil, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper; add the hens. Seal bag and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight, turning once.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Grill hens, covered, over medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 180°, turning occasionally. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Game Hens in Quick Cooking March/April 1999, p22

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Reviewed May. 19, 2011

"This was my first time to grill a game hen, took me longer to grill than stated. But they were still good, I only used 1/2 tsp cinnamon as i wasn't sure how that would taste, I don't think I will use a full tsp, I was more fond of the ground cumin taste."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"We made this for the two of us, so just used 2 hens and cut the marinade in half. Delicious! And really easy!

~ Theresa"

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