Grilled Cornish Hens Recipe

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Grilled Cornish Hens Recipe
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Grilled Cornish Hens Recipe

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I like experimenting with different foods and adapting them to my own tastes. These hens are one of my specialties, an entree I concocted by combining a few different recipes. The moist meat has a pleasant grilled flavor that's accented with cloves and ginger.—David Baruch, Weston, Florida
MAKES:
4 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Grill: 50 min.
MAKES:
4 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Grill: 50 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger or 2 tablespoons grated fresh gingerroot
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 4 Cornish game hens (20 ounces each)

Directions

Coat grill rack with cooking spray before starting the grill. In a small bowl, combine the butter, onions, parsley, ginger, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Rub mixture under the skin and over the top of each game hen. Sprinkle remaining salt and pepper inside the hen cavities.
Grill hens, uncovered, breast side up over medium heat for 25 minutes. Turn breast side down. Cover and grill 25-35 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 180° and the meat juices run clear. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Cornish Hens in Taste of Home June/July 2002, p53

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 803 calories, 60g fat (21g saturated fat), 381mg cholesterol, 855mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 60g protein.

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger or 2 tablespoons grated fresh gingerroot
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 4 Cornish game hens (20 ounces each)
  1. Coat grill rack with cooking spray before starting the grill. In a small bowl, combine the butter, onions, parsley, ginger, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Rub mixture under the skin and over the top of each game hen. Sprinkle remaining salt and pepper inside the hen cavities.
  2. Grill hens, uncovered, breast side up over medium heat for 25 minutes. Turn breast side down. Cover and grill 25-35 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 180° and the meat juices run clear. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Cornish Hens in Taste of Home June/July 2002, p53

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 35430
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2010

"Excellent recipe, I grilled the cornish hens for 60 mins over indirect med heat, and then direct low heat for 10 mins. I also subsituted part garlic powder since I only had one clove of garlic."

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