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Grilled Game Hens with Blood Orange and Rosemary

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"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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3 h servings 382
Original recipe yields 4 servings (2 game hens)


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  1. 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.
  2. Refrigerate with breast sides down for 2 hours to marinate.
  3. Preheat outdoor grill (preferably charcoal) for medium heat (one layer of coals). Drain chickens and discard marinade.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Per Serving: 382 calories; 27.9 5.6 26.1 151 233 Full nutrition

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I didn't much care for it: the flavors of the marinade got lost.

We loved it. Great flavor with some kick!

This was a decent recipe. I didn't notice the orange or chili pepper taste. The hens were definitely moist.