Grilled Cornish Hens Glazed in Soy, Honey and Lemon
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian Inspired
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Serves: 4 servings
Grilled Cornish Hens are a delicious addition to your weeknight meals. Just 6 ingredients and a little time and you've got a tender, juicy, sweet, sticky, mouthwatering meal that's sure to please the whole family.
  • 2 Cornish Hens (About 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup white wine (Sherry, mirin, or moscato are perfect here.)
  • Finely ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Cut backbones from defrosted Cornish hens with kitchen shears. Turn over and press down firmly until breast bone separates. Tuck wings under if desired.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour into a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish. Place hens skin side down in dish and refrigerate for at least one hour, and up to 1 day.
  3. Fire up your grill. If using gas, cook chicken over low heat and turn other burners to high. If using charcoal, arrange hot coals on either side of the grill and cook hens over cool spot.
  4. Cook hens skin side down for about 5 minutes (Just to get those gorgeous grill marks.) Flip, close the lid and cook, basting with remaining marinade every 15 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. (Start checking at about 35 minutes, but this can take up to an hour depending on your grill.)
  5. Let rest 10 minutes before serving. Cut each hen in half along breastbone to serve.
Hey, I don't have a grill. Can I cook this in the oven?

Yep! Though technically it won't be Grilled Cornish Hens at that pont, this recipe works just fine in the oven. Just set the oven to 350 degrees F, and follow along with the same directions as for grilling.
Recipe by Uncle Jerry's Kitchen at