Cornish Game Hens with Garlic-Mint Butter


by: Faerie Chef

By keeping the lid closed as much as possible, you will prevent flareups, you will speed up the cooking time, and you will capture the smokiness that gives grilled food its unique appeal.


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serves: 4

4 Cornish game hens (1 1/4-1 1/2 pounds each, wing tips removed)


1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint

1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest

2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon prepared chili powder

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Facts
Cornish Game Hens with Garlic-Mint Butter

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories: 881

  • Total Fat: 70.2 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 27.7 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 400.4 mg
  • Sodium: 808.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 1.3 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 0.3 g
  •     Sugars: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 58.1 g

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1.  To prepare the butter: Place the softened butter in a small bowl. Roughly chop the garlic, and then sprinkle the salt on top. Using both the sharp edge and the flat side of the knife blade, crush the garlic and salt together to create a paste. Add the paste to the bowl along with the remaining butter ingredients and mix well.

2.  Remove the giblets from the hens and discard. Working from the cavity end of each hen, run your fingers between the skin and flesh of the breasts and legs to loosen the skin without tearing. Push half of the butter mixture under the skin and massage from the outside to spread the butter mixture evenly over the breasts and legs. Spread the remaining butter over the entire surface of the hens.

3.  Truss the hens with twine. Grill over Indirect High heat until the juices run clear and the meat is no longer pink at the bone, 45 to 55 minutes. Remove from the grill and let rest for about 5 minutes. Serve warm.

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