Place the hens in a large bowl, and place the bowl in your kitchen sink. This acts as an abrasive, which will help us clean the bird. It won’t flavor the bird because we’ll rinse it off afterward. A savory-spicy marinade is the secret to these intensely flavorful and juicy grilled Cornish Game Hens. The fragrant marinade is spiked with a generous dash of Five-Spice Powder, a popular Asian spice blend which includes Szechuan peppercorns, cinnamon, fennel seeds, cloves and star anise.

In fact, they were made popular by farmers in the 1950s in Connecticut. The farmers bred Cornish with Rock chickens and called these birds Rock Cornish Game Hens. These are basically very young chickens that have not matured. One way to serve Cornish hen is with mashed cauliflower and roasted zucchini, as I did in this recipe. Instead of the cauliflower, you could serve your hen with mashed potatoes, rice, or another starch. You could also use any of your favorite green vegetables in place of the zucchini.

If you prefer a slow cooked version, these slow cooker Cornish game hens are really tasty!

Removing the backbone of a bird and pressing down on the breastbone so it lies fairly flat is known as spatchcocking or butterflying. This technique allows the breast meat and leg meat to cook at about the same rate and reduces overall cooking time by close to half. In a small bowl, combine the butter, onions, parsley, ginger, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

The seasonings are staples, and the herbs are ones that you can pick up at any grocery store – if you don’t have them already. When the cooking cycle is complete, flip the hens over to cook BREAST SIDE UP for 10 mintues at 380 degrees F. A hungry person could eat a whole hen but one hen is usually halved to serve two people. Shawarma is Best Papa’s Restaurant Games – Cooking Games a well loved traditional Middle Eastern street food. Just imagine fragrantly spiced marinated piece of chicken, lamb, pork cooking and continually rotating on rotisserie stick.

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Change up your poultry game with these grilled honey ale Cornish Game Hens. Cornish hens are a smaller variety of chicken that typically range from 1 – 2 lbs each. Similar in taste, these small birds are easy to serve and will eliminate any fighting over who gets the breast or legs. You’ll want to use a meat thermometer for this reading. Once the cook time has passed, test out the internal temperature by putting the meat thermometer into the thick part of the bird, away from the bone. As long as it reads 165 degrees, that is a good indicator that it’s cooked and safe to eat.

Place the baking sheet, with the hens on it, inside of the grill and close the lid. Rinse the Cornish hens and pat dry with paper towel. Preheat a grill to medium heat for indirect grilling.

The game hen tasted only of vinegar and nothing else could be tasted. Combine all other ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour the contents into the zip lock bag with the hens and close tightly. Shake the bag to ensure the marinade is distributed evenly and let sit overnight (18-24 hours) in the fridge. Using an instant read thermometer helps to ensure your bird is cooked to perfection.

Brush the outside of roasted Cornish hens with butter after they are completely cooked through and ready to be served. This will create a beautiful presentation. Dried herbs mixed with butter brushed over the outside of the hens are the best choice! You can use Italian seasoning, Herbs from Provence, or any other combination of dry herbs you like. Fresh chopped herbs can be used, too, such as thyme, sage, and oregano.