Rating: 4.53 stars
85 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 59
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2

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

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
4 hrs
total:
5 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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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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  • 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.

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil grate.

  • Cook hens about 1 hour on the prepared grill, brushing occasionally with remaining marinade, until no longer pink and juices run clear.

Nutrition Facts

871 calories; protein 52.1g; carbohydrates 8.5g; fat 69.2g; cholesterol 302.4mg; sodium 1124.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (63)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2008
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, I cut each of them in half lengthwise, so that each half had a wing and a drumstick. I placed the four halves in a glass baking dish and poured on the marinade. (I made 1/2 the marinade, since I had half the game hens!). My husband, who is the Grill Master, popped them on the grill and cooked them slowly as he would a large, bone-in chicken breast. It didn't take anywhere near the 1 hour called for in the recipe (probably cutting them in half cut down on the grill time.) These were delicious, juicy, and visually appealing. My whole family was impressed. Served with long grain rice and stir-fried snap peas. The 1/2 hen was just the right amount for each serving - no one was still hungry, but alas, there were no leftovers! I will most definitely be making this again when we are in the mood for "something out of the ordinary". Read More
(99)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2010
Turned out ok. The flavor almost overpowerd the meat. I would cut back on the time is marinates next time. Read More
(6)
85 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 59
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2008
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, I cut each of them in half lengthwise, so that each half had a wing and a drumstick. I placed the four halves in a glass baking dish and poured on the marinade. (I made 1/2 the marinade, since I had half the game hens!). My husband, who is the Grill Master, popped them on the grill and cooked them slowly as he would a large, bone-in chicken breast. It didn't take anywhere near the 1 hour called for in the recipe (probably cutting them in half cut down on the grill time.) These were delicious, juicy, and visually appealing. My whole family was impressed. Served with long grain rice and stir-fried snap peas. The 1/2 hen was just the right amount for each serving - no one was still hungry, but alas, there were no leftovers! I will most definitely be making this again when we are in the mood for "something out of the ordinary". Read More
(99)
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
These were really tasty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
Great flavor! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2008
This was superb! Followed the directions exactly and cooked on the grill on low to medium about an hour. This is a keeper! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2008
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. Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
05/28/2006
This was very good tasty even. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2009
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. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2009
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 people. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2008
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. Read More
(10)
Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2010
Turned out ok. The flavor almost overpowerd the meat. I would cut back on the time is marinates next time. Read More
(6)