Grilled Cornish Game Hens

Grilled Cornish Game Hens


"This recipe is great for summertime grilling. Game hens will melt in your mouth."


5 h 15 m servings 871 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 871 kcal
  • 44%
  • Fat:
  • 69.2 g
  • 106%
  • Carbs:
  • 8.5g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 52.1 g
  • 104%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 302 mg
  • 101%
  • Sodium:
  • 1124 mg
  • 45%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large, non-reactive bowl, mix onion, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, white wine, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, pepper, celery salt, and salt. Place Cornish game hens in the bowl, coating evenly with the marinade mixture. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil grate.
  3. Cook hens about 1 hour on the prepared grill, brushing occasionally with remaining marinade, until no longer pink and juices run clear.
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  1. 58 Ratings


These grilled game hens were a wonderful diversion from our usual, more mundane (i.e. chicken) menu. I confess that I only had two hens for the 4 servings I was hoping for. Prior to marinading...

These were really tasty.

Great flavor!

This was superb! Followed the directions exactly and cooked on the grill on low to medium about an hour. This is a keeper!

I've made these 3 or 4 times now, and they are always great. The marinade has a great flavor. I'll make these at least twice a year now.

This was very good, tasty even.

Followed the recipe and found that even after marinating overnight, the flavor was very mild. It was still good though. I cut 2 small hens in half lengthwise and its a perfect serving for 4 peop...

OMG! The flavor was to die for! I marinaded for about 6 hours and then put them on the grill for about 70 minutes. The flavor was excellent and so very tender. Everyone raved about them.

I liked this recipe. Hubby thought it was too lemon-y so I might cut down on the amount of lemon juice next time or use a better quality olive oil than I used this time around.