To commemorate the 4th yesterday, we decided that, despite the heat, we’d grill out — but I wanted to keep the meal as easy and stress-free as I possibly could, as well as use something from our freezer.
I suggested that we smoke a couple of Cornish Game Hens, but then hubby said he was worried about having enough propane. (We keep two propane tanks for our grill, keeping one as a “spare” in the event we run out of propane mid-meal, and hubby hadn’t yet refilled the spare tank.)
So, I did a Google and got inspired to try Grilled Cornish Game Hens.
Usually, unless we’re smoking the meat, I partially bake chicken (or ribs) in the oven before finishing it on the grill, but with this heat, I wanted to avoid that. One site that popped up on my Google search suggested cutting the game hens in half — that way, they will grill up in about 35 to 40 minutes. Brilliant! The link below includes step-by-step pictures. 🙂
Inspired by the recipe below from AllRecipes.com
I decided to make up a similar kind of marinade based on our tastes and what was in our pantry.
I rounded the meal out with a pasta salad (made from a box, but livened up with some fresh, diced tomato) and fresh veggies (yellow squash, sliced onion, and sliced tomato seasoned with a drizzle of olive oil, lashings of Balsamic vinegar, and coarse ground sea salt and coarse ground black pepper) wrapped up in foil and cooked on the grill.
It smelled — and tasted! — so yummy, we felt like doing the Funky Chicken 😉 (Go on, give it a watch — you know you want to!)
Grilled Cornish Game Hen (For 2 hens, which makes 2 to 4 servings)
- 1/4 onion, chopped
- 2 -3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
- Sprinkling of garlic powder
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Splash of white wine
- Couple of healthy splashes of Worcestershire sauce
- Several healthy splashes of hot pepper sauce
- Couple of heaping teaspoons of coarse-ground black pepper
- 1/2 stalk celery, thinly sliced
- 2 (1 1/2 pound) Cornish game hens
- Cut each game hen in half.
- In a non-reactive (non-metallic) large bowl or container (large enough to hold the game hen halves), mix together all ingredients excepting game hens. Add in hens, turning to make chickens are thoroughly coated in marinade.
- Marinate game hens in refrigerator for at least 4 hours, stirring about occasionally.
- Heat grill to medium-high heat. Remove game hens from marinade — reserving marinade — and place, skin-side up, on grill.
- Cook on grill, covered, brushing occasionally with marinade, until done (thigh will move easily and juices will run clear). During the last 1/3 or so of cooking time, turn hen halves to be skin side down.
- Refrigerate leftovers.