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Glazed Cornish Hens

Glazed Cornish Hens

Glazed Cornish Hens


Makes 4 servings


2 fresh or thawed frozen Cornish game hens (1-1/2 pounds each)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1 tablespoon coarse-grain or country-style mustard
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger


  1. Remove giblets from cavities of hens; reserve for another use. Split hens in half on cutting board with sharp knife or poultry shears, cutting through breastbones and backbones. Rinse hens with cold water; pat dry with paper towels. Place hen halves in large resealable food storage bag.
  2. Combine juice and garlic in small bowl; pour over hens in bag. Seal bag tightly, turning to coat. Marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare grill for direct grilling over medium-hot heat.
  4. Drain hens; discard marinade. Place hens, skin sides up, on grid. Grill hens, on covered grill, over medium-hot coals 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, combine marmalade, mustard and ginger in small bowl. Brush one-half of marmalade mixture evenly over hens. Grill, covered, 10 minutes. Brush with remaining mixture. Grill, covered, 5 to 10 minutes more until fork can be inserted into hens with ease and juices run clear, not pink. Serve immediately.

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