Grilled Game Hens With Moroccan Spices

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 72


4 Cornish hens or game hen, (each about 1 pound)
1 onion, medium, grated
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped, fresh Italian (flat-leaf)
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped fresh
3 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin, ground
1/2 teaspoon paprika, sweet or hot
1/2 teaspoon ginger, ground
1/2 teaspoon white pepper, freshly ground
lemon wedges, for garnish


1. Remove and discard the fat just inside the body cavities of the game hens. Remove the packages of giblets (if any) and set aside for another use. Rinse the hens, inside and out, under cold running water, then drain and blot dry, inside and out, with paper towels. Spatchcook the game hens or cut each one lengthwise in half with poultry shears. Place the birds in a large, deep nonreactive bowl or baking dish and set aside while you prepare the marinade.

2. Combine the onion, parsley, cilantro, lemon juice, oil, salt, cumin, paprika, ginger, and pepper in a small bowl and whisk to mix. Pour the mixture over the game hens in the large bowl and turn the birds to coat thoroughly. Cover and let marinate, in the refrigerator, for 1 to 8 hours (the longer the better), turning the birds occasionally.

3. Preheat the grill, using the two-tiered method.

4. When ready to cook, oil the grill grate. Remove the game hens from the marinade and arrange, skin side down, on the grate over the hotter section of the grill and cook. The total cooking time will be 25 to 35 minutes.

5. Transfer the hens to serving plates or a platter and serve immediately, garnished with lemon wedges.

Serves 4

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 72
Calories from Fat: 60

This Grilled Game Hens With Moroccan Spices recipe is from the The Barbecue Bible Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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