I know our favorite RV Chefs mentioned above have probably prepared Cornish Hen many times, but Ken and I have never even thought about it, believing Cornish Hen was beyond our skill level! One day in WINCO, we saw frozen Cornish Hen, and we thought the price was right – we should give it a try! The plan was to have them for Easter Dinner, but something else came up.
We finally prepared the Hens this Sunday afternoon. This is the recipe we used. I got it from Cooks.com. It was wonderful!!!
Grilled Cornish Game Hens
Quote on the website: “I love grilled game hens. In fact, I won't cook them any other way. In this recipe you split the game hens in half which makes them easier and quicker to grill. Splitting the game hens is easy, just cut through the breast then flip it over the cut down one side of the backbone. It is really easy if you use a pair of kitchen shears.”
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 65 minutes
Yield: Serves 2
GRILLED CORNISH HEN RECIPE
- 2 Cornish game hens (1 to 1 -1/2 pounds each)
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
Remove giblets and reserve. Split game hens in half lengthwise. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. In a small bowl combine lemon juice, pepper salt and olive oil. Place hens in a shallow baking dish and pour marinade over. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Preheat grill and prepare for indirect grilling. Remove hens from marinade and place on grill, skin side up away from the direct heat. Baste with remaining marinade during while cooking. Hens should take about 45 minutes. Test for doneness before removing from grill.
Note: We used gallon Ziploc bags to marinade the hens, The recipe did not call for flipping on the grill but Ken flipped the hens for the last 15 minutes of grill time.
This is a picture after we had eaten our fill!! I didn’t think of taking a picture until too late.
We were quite impressed with our own success!! Give it a try – you’ll like it, too!!