'Game' is a term applied to wild animals or birds that are deemed suitable for human consumption, or EDIBLE! Young game hens are the best for this delicious lime basted and Southwestern salsafied dish. Get yer spurs on and dig in!

Jana
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Ingredients

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

Directions

  • TO PREPARE GAME HENS: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Sprinkle lime juice on hens, then sprinkle on the chili powder, cumin, salt and ground black pepper. Splash olive oil over hens. Place in a 9x13 inch baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes; then reduce oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake until done and juices run clear, about 45 minutes more.

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  • TO MAKE SALSA: Combine the corn, red onion, garlic, red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, lemon juice, cilantro, cumin, salt, ground black pepper and olive oil. Mix well and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Put on a platter and top with the cooked hens. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.

Nutrition Facts

990 calories; 73.1 g total fat; 339 mg cholesterol; 369 mg sodium. 24.5 g carbohydrates; 61.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (20)

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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
THIS RECIPE MUST HAVE DROPPED DOWN FROM HEAVEN! ABSOLUTELY TOP OF THE LINE! JUST GIVE YOURSELF A BIT MORE TIME TO MAKE THE SALSA THEN WHAT THE RECIPE STATES OR MAKE SALSA AHEAD. MY THANKS TO THE SUBMITTER OF THIS RECIPE. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2004
I used a regular (4 lb) chicken and used garlic salt in place of the regular. It had a decent flavor but not as special as I had hoped. However it had most beautiful crisp brown skin I've ever managed on a roasted chicken. Didn't make the salsa so I can't comment on that part but perhaps that's why I found the chicken lacking. Went well over Mexican rice. Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
THIS RECIPE MUST HAVE DROPPED DOWN FROM HEAVEN! ABSOLUTELY TOP OF THE LINE! JUST GIVE YOURSELF A BIT MORE TIME TO MAKE THE SALSA THEN WHAT THE RECIPE STATES OR MAKE SALSA AHEAD. MY THANKS TO THE SUBMITTER OF THIS RECIPE. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
THIS RECIPE MUST HAVE DROPPED DOWN FROM HEAVEN! ABSOLUTELY TOP OF THE LINE! JUST GIVE YOURSELF A BIT MORE TIME TO MAKE THE SALSA THEN WHAT THE RECIPE STATES OR MAKE SALSA AHEAD. MY THANKS TO THE SUBMITTER OF THIS RECIPE. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2003
This was an absolutly wonderful recipe. I served it with spanish rice and corn bread. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2005
Was good. Especailly the corn salsa. I like strong spice flavors the hens could have had double the amount of spices for my taste. Which is what I will do next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
THIS RECIPE WAS MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH GAME HEN. THIS RECIPE WAS AWESOME!! I LOVED THE BIRD AND ESPECIALLY THE CORN SALSA!! I HAVE ADDED THIS RECIPE TO MY LIST OF PERMANENT REPEATS!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2004
I used a regular (4 lb) chicken and used garlic salt in place of the regular. It had a decent flavor but not as special as I had hoped. However it had most beautiful crisp brown skin I've ever managed on a roasted chicken. Didn't make the salsa so I can't comment on that part but perhaps that's why I found the chicken lacking. Went well over Mexican rice. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/15/2008
I used chicken instead of game hen to make this more budget friendly. I also cooked it on the rotisserie instead of the oven. The bird part of this recipe wasn't anything special. I'd give the corn salsa a 5 for both taste and presentation. They really should be listed separately. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/04/2009
I made this last night for dinner but because I was lacking time and some ingrediants I only made the hens and opted not to make the salsa (even though I really wanted to try it!). I served the hens with potatoes and sugar snapped peas and the dinner was a hit. The only problem I ran into was the cook time for me was a good 30mins. longer than the suggested cook time in the recipe and I only made 2 hens. But even leaving them in longer didn't dry them out and they still came out tender and moist. I would also suggest using a roasting rack instead of just sitting them in the pan because I didn't think the bottom of the chicken was as crisp and flavorful as the top. I think the roasting rack would have prevented that. Overall a good recipe and I'll use it again hopefully with the salsa this time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2009
This recipe is so delish! I've done it with game hens and with a whole chicken with delicious results both times. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2006
I adored the hen and my boyfriend loved the salsa (which I would have given a 4). I used half a red onion and didn't miss the other half; I didn't have lemon juice so doubled the lime. Next time I'll bake the hens breast-side down. Oh and I "doubled" the spices by using two hens per another user's suggestion and she was right! Read More
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