Give this grilled game hen recipe a try. The secret ingredient for this marinade is the exotic blood orange. They add a wonderful sweet/tart flavor that's just perfect with the spicy chili sauce and aromatic rosemary.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
3 hrs
Servings:
4
Yield:
2 game hens
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place game hens in a large bowl; drizzle hens with olive oil and blood orange juice. Sprinkle with chopped rosemary and rosemary sprigs. Add Asian chili paste to hens; season with salt and pepper. Stir chickens in the seasonings and juice to coat. Use your fingers to loosen the skin over the breasts and spread a little of the marinade under the skin.

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  • Refrigerate with breast sides down for 2 hours to marinate.

  • Preheat outdoor grill (preferably charcoal) for medium heat (one layer of coals). Drain chickens and discard marinade.

  • Place chickens with breast sides down onto grill and cover with grill lid with the vents open. Cook until breast sides are evenly browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Flip chickens and cook on their backs with cover (vents open) until the juices run clear, hip joints move easily, and meat is no longer pink inside. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh reads at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), 30 to 35 more minutes.

  • Close the grill vents on the lid halfway. Flip chickens back onto breasts, close lid, and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes.

Cook's Note:

If you can't find blood orange juice, use regular orange juice with a little splash of pomegranate juice.

Nutrition Facts

383 calories; protein 26.1g 52% DV; carbohydrates 5.6g 2% DV; fat 27.9g 43% DV; cholesterol 151mg 50% DV; sodium 233mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2020
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/07/2016
I didn't much care for it: the flavors of the marinade got lost. Read More
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2016
We loved it. Great flavor with some kick! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/06/2016
I didn't much care for it: the flavors of the marinade got lost. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/17/2015
This was a decent recipe. I didn't notice the orange or chili pepper taste. The hens were definitely moist. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2020
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