These spicy Cornish Hens will likely be your new favourite "go-to"dish in your subsequent special day dinner, date evening meal, banquet (once you actually need to impress visitors) or, higher but, you simply need an superior dinner!!! I imply who does not need their very own private half a hen!!! The better part, the little underappreciated Cornish Hen, makes a really particular, and distinctive meal, with out costing a fortune.

What is a Cornish Hen?????

Basically a Cornish Hen is a hen! A really small and really tender hen. The taste is barely totally different from a hen. Cornish Hen are inclined to have a milder taste and are extra tender than a hen. And, the perfect half, Cornish Hens have fewer energy and fats than chickens.

Each Cornish Hen weighs about 1 to 2 kilos, so, you may need to reduce them in half so every individual/visitor can have a breast, leg, thigh, and sure, a wing! Cutting the Cornish Hen in half, and serving with a yummy aspect dish, is loads to make an awesome satisfying meal that you do not have to really feel responsible about having fun with.

WARNING: You must be ready that you'll fall in love with this recipe!!!

How to make Spicy Cornish Hen

This is such a easy recipe that has a lot taste and can impress everybody. First step is to combine collectively all of the elements: Garlic, Sea Salt, Sesame Oil, Honey, Peanut Butter, Chili Garlic Sauce, Onion Powder, Black Pepper, Rice Wine Vinegar, and Cayenne Pepper. Only use the Cayenne Pepper if you would like it spicy. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the marinade for basting later. Another manner so as to add some warmth to the recipe is to make use of Hot Honey. If you have not tried Hot Honey but, I've to say, you are lacking out for those who like spicy meals.

We prefer to prepare dinner one Cornish Hen for the 2 of us. It's an awesome dimension for dinner and, this manner, we every get a breast, leg, thigh and wing. The hen will be reduce after it is cooked however I discover it is simpler to chop it earlier than cooking and marinating. This manner when the hen is totally cooked we are able to pull it off the grill (or out of the oven) and dinner is prepared! I like to make use of kitchen scissors to chop the hen. It's really easy and quick. Yes, you guessed it Amy just isn't doing this step!!!!

How do I put together a Cornish Hen?

Another cause to chop the hen is in order that once you marinate it, it is simpler to get all of the marinade all around the hen. Plus, it takes much less area within the fridge and fewer time to prepare dinner. We're all the time methods to avoid wasting time particularly when engaged on dinner.

Place each halves of the hen in a zipper lock bag or massive casserole dish. Cover with the marinade and place again within the fridge for at the least half-hour as much as in a single day. The longer the hen is within the marinade the extra taste will get into the meat.

Should I Grill or Bake?

We wished to grill the hen this time, largely as a result of it's sooooooo scorching exterior we did not need to warmth up the home, but it surely's actually nice baked (normally we bake them). Either manner grilling or baking the flavour is so good and makes an superior dinner. If grilling, I place the halves over direct warmth on the grill to char it some. For baking, place the hen in a casserole dish and bake within the oven at 375 levels.

When grilling, after the hen is calmly chard, transfer off the direct warmth and baste every half with the 1/2 cup of reserved marinade that was put aside at the start.

Either manner you determine to bake or grill make sure that the hens inside temperature is a least 165 levels.

We served our Cornish Hens with Cauliflower Rice. But they're actually good with plain white rice, mashed potatoes, inexperienced beans, broccoli, asparagus or your favourite veggie.


Cornish Hens will be cooked complete, reduce in half, or spatchcocked. (Check out the step-by-step methodology of methods to spatchcock) If you are not conversant in the tactic, Spatchcock implies that the hen is reduce alongside the spine and "flattened out" on a flat floor (like a reducing board or massive plate).

We like to chop our hens in half. To reduce them in half use the spatchcock approach. Then reduce down the middle of the breast. So all sides has a breast, leg/thigh and wing.

For main taste, marinate the hen in a single day. Cornish Hens are smaller and are simpler to get all of the fantastic spice within the meat. Every chunk will likely be fantastic!!!

Make certain to observe the hens whereas cooking/grilling, since they're smaller they'll prepare dinner sooner. It's essential to verify the Cornish Hens are cooked throughout and that it stays juicy.

Sweet and Spicy Cornish Hens

Flavors of peanut, ginger, and garlic on this Sweet and Spicy Marinade deliver out the fragile taste of the Cornish Hen.
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Thai
Keyword: Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 565kcal
Author: Belly Laugh Living


Chicken Marinade

  • 1 Cornish Hen
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove
  • 3/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey (Hot Honey provides a pleasant spice)
  • 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Garlic Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (Optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar


  • Mix Marinade (Garlic, Soy Sauce, Salt, Sesame Oil, Honey, Peanut Butter, Chili Garlic Sauce, Onion Powder, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Rice Wine Vinegar)
  • Using kitchen scissors or a pointy knife to chop Cornish Hen in half. Cut down the middle of the highest of the Cornish Hen.
  • Flip the hen over and reduce out the strip of bone down the middle of the Cornish Hen.
  • Place each halves of the Cornish Hen in a Zip Lock Bag
  • Pour Marinade over Cornish Hen
  • Massage Marinade into the Cornish Hen. Place within the fridge for at the least half-hour. It's higher to marinate in a single day however not obligatory
  • Bake or Grill Cornish Hens. If Baking: Preheat oven to 350 levels. Place the Cornish Hen in a Casserole dish. Cook Cornish Hen for 45 minutes or till performed -internal temperature of 165 levels and the juices run clear.
    If Grilling: Place Cornish Hen on grill over direct warmth for a couple of minutes. Grill till there's a good char. About 3 to five minutes relying on how scorching the fireplace is on the grill.
  • Move the Cornish Hen to the in-direct warmth on the grill. Put cowl down on grill. Check after 15 to twenty minutes.
  • Continue to grill till the Cornish Hens have reached 165 levels inside temperature and the juices run clear.
  • Place Cornish Hen on a serving dish
  • Serve with Cauliflower Rice and Enjoy!!!


Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 1465mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 661IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg
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