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Grilled Cornish Game Hens

  • Serves 4
  • Prep 15 minutes + Overnight
  • Ready-In 1 hour 15 min + overnight
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  • Menu Placement

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Grilled Cornish Game Hens

The Cornish Game Hen- what makes them different from your everyday, ho-hum chicken? Their size, and that's about it. These tiny fowl (sometimes called poussin or Rock Cornish) are actually a domestic bird, despite the misleading "Game" Hen title and can be bought at pretty much any grocery store. And though they're labeled "hen," both the male and female are used for their meat.


2 Outdoor Gourmet Cedar Grilling Planks, soaked for 1-8 hours; the longer the better!
2 Cornish Game Hens
1 1/2 c. kosher salt, for brine
3 Shallots, peeled
8 Whole cloves of garlic, peeled
2 c. red pearl onions, peeled
Your choice of fresh herbs- I used thyme and rosemary
2 TBS. of butter


First: Dissolve salt in 2 cups of warm water, place game hens in pot, bowl, or whatever, then fill the rest of your brining receptacle with cold water. Brine thawed game hens in your refrigerator overnight. Now would also be a good time to get your Outdoor Gourmet Cedar or Hardwood Grilling Planks soaking.
Next: Remove game hens from brine, pat dry. Stuff birds with shallots, garlic, pearl onions, and herbs, then rub the game hens skin with butter, salt and pepper.
Then: Place stuffed game hens on soaked cedar grilling plank, place grilling plank on hot grill. Let the grilling plank begin to smoke (approximately 10 minutes), reduce heat to low, or move grilling plank to indirect heat area for slight smoulder. Allow to cook for 40-50 minutes. Check regularly to prevent cooking too quickly. Use meat thermometer (internal temp. 165 F.) to test for doneness in the thickest part of the chicken.
Finally: Carefully remove your birds from the grilling planks, cover with foil and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Enjoy!