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Grilled Cornish Game Hens

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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: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 2


  • 2 Cornish game hens (1 to 1 -1/2 pounds each)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Split game hens in half lengthwise. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. In a small bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. 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 35 minutes. Test for doneness before removing from grill.
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 4 out of 5
Tasty Birds, Member boogenfish

Very tasty. Grilled mine for only 20 minutes after brining but heat was higher. Highly recommend.

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