Recipe by McCormick® & Company
"These Cornish game hens are bursting with sweet heat! The flavor and heat from six spices are balanced by the sweetness of maple syrup."
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McCormick® Ground Cumin
McCormick® Ground Ginger
McCormick® Garlic Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons
McCormick® Ground Red Pepper
McCormick® Ground Black Pepper
McCormick® Thyme Leaves
Cornish game hens
pure maple syrup
green onion, sliced
I was nervous after reading the reviews that it was going to be too spicy but it was definitely not! Great flavor and not too much even though it seems like so much seasoning. It was raining so we couldn't grill so instead of broiling we baked them in the oven on 350 degrees for an hour and 20 minutes. Will definitely be making this again,
THis was the first time I used the broiler and I loved it. However, the maple syrup only stays on the skin and doesn't get absorbed by the meat. Maybe the syrup should stay on for a couple of hours before broiling.
This is a wonderful recipe and even my daughter who hates "Little chickens" liked this one. I changed it a bit as I usually do with recipes and since it was raining and about 40 degrees, grilling was not an option. I mixed all everything together and made a glaze(I skipped the oil)I brushed all my game hens with the glaze and baked them.Wonderful!!
The flavor was fantastic, but oh my gosh, it was so fiery hot, I could hardly eat it. And this was after cutting both the red pepper and black pepper in half. My husband loved it. I will definitely make it again, but I will cut the pepper way, way down to accommodate my tender Minnesota mouth! Instad of grilling outside, I roasted these in the oven at 350 degrees for about 1 hour 15 minutes. A very easy and delicious way to make game hens.
This recipe was just wonderful!!! We grilled them outside and my husband just couldn't stop raving about the flavor. Definitely adjust the pepper to your taste; I cut the red pepper in half and they still had a kick. One tip though, if you find that you've got them a little too spicy, heat up some more of the maple syrup and dip the chicken in it - it cuts the spice perfectly. I also added onion powder and a little salt. All in all, this was a great recipe that I'm definitely putting in my book!
Tried this recipe last night. Unbelievable! My father is the toughest food connoisseur I have ever known. To see him sit there and literally gulp down these hens was the best compliment I've gotten from him in years! So, I asked him, "Dad, on a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate this recipe?" and he answered, "A solid 4!"
Have made this several times. I have never just grilled this, I pop it in the oven on 350 for
45-60 minutes, basting on and off and then finish it off on the grill, basting, for about 10 minutes per side so the syrup glazes. I'm always afraid it will be dry but this way is always tender and juicy. I'll have to be brave one time and just grill it. We like spicy, so it was not too spicy for us. One of my favorite BBQ recipes, YUMMM Thanks.
There seemed to be such a large amount of spice, but I followed the recipe, exactly, and LOVED it! My husband did also. This will be our new guest special dish!!!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Six Spice Maple Cornish Hens
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 250
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