Marinated Barbecued Cornish Game Hens

    9 hours

    If you can find Cornish game hens they make a delicious and impressive barbecue dinner. These are better the longer they are marinated - I prefer up to 24 hours.

    10 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 2 Cornish game hens, halved
    • 1 cup diced parsley
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 5 cloves garlic, diced
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 2 tablespoons diced fresh rosemary
    • 1 cup (250ml) white wine

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:8hours marinating  ›  Ready in:9hours 

    1. In a small bowl combine the garlic, parsley and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
    2. Rinse hens and pat dry. Rub remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil on the inside and outside of the hens. Stuff the garlic and parsley mixture under skin and around each bird. Season with salt and pepper. Place seasoned hens in an airtight plastic container. Sprinkle with rosemary and pour wine over birds. Cover and refrigerate at least overnight to marinate.
    3. Preheat barbecue for low heat.
    4. Remove hens from marinade and place on heated barbecue. Cook for 40 minutes, turning once, or until done.

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    Very tasty and flavorful. We didn't have a grill, so we made it in the oven (450 for 25 mins then 350 for 30-40 mins), and it was delicious that way, as well. Very tender and juicy. Good luck!  -  18 Feb 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Cornish Game Hen tastes great with just salt, pepper, and olive oil, in the oven as well. It comes out surprisingly moist and juicy. This version was very garlic and herb flavored, and maybe because of the strong flavor, we couldn't eat as much of it whereas we usually eat a whole bird each when it's cornish game hens. I love garlic though, so I didn't think it would be too much at all. This dish came out tender and moist, (used an oven) but missed something in was almost so rich, yet still missing something flavorwise. I think we like the plain old salt and pepper version better after all that work and excitement of sticking herbs under the skin. Definitely has a distinct flavor to it and worth trying. Next time I'd be curious to stick other things under the maybe barbeque sauce or something more traditional like that!  -  13 Apr 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I changed a few things on this. I marinated the hens overnight, and then rotissery grilled them (not cutting them in half) I basted the marinade on the hens while they were cooking. The flavor was incredible, and they came out moist and juicy.  -  18 Jul 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)