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Chef John’s Grilled Game Hens
This spicy, creamy, garlicky marinade is great for game hens or chicken pieces. See more
  • READY IN ABOUT 4 hrs

Chef John's Grilled Game Hens

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"The idea for these grilled game hens is borrowed from my highly successful Cornell chicken experiments, and uses a similar acid/salt/oil/egg concoction. This time the part of egg is played by mayo. Needless to say, you can season this a million ways and use any combination of hot chilies, but the little kick the habanero adds is really nice."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins
  • READY IN

    3 hrs 55 mins

Directions

  1. Blend jalapeno pepper, habanero pepper, garlic, vegetable oil, sherry vinegar, mayonnaise, and 2 teaspoons salt together in a blender until marinade is smooth.
  2. Place halved hens in a large bowl. Pour marinade over the chickens and turn to coat completely. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
  4. Remove hens from marinade, shaking off any excess, place hens on a plate, skin-side up. Discard remaining marinade. Season skin-side of hens with salt.
  5. Cook hens on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until skin is crisped, meat is no longer pink at the bone, and juices run clear, about 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • You can substitute chickens for the Cornish game hens.
  • Nutrition:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.
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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 417 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.6 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 154 mg
  • 51%
  • Fat
  • 33.3 g
  • 51%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 26 g
  • 52%
  • Sodium
  • 1374 mg
  • 55%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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