Flattened Cornish Game Hens With Garlic-citrus Marinade

Recipe by Barb G.

A delicious entree that is easy enough for a weekday dinner, yet pretty enough for a dinner party. Serve with stir-fried summer squash, a salad and french bread. The recipe comes from Bon Appetit.

Top Review by LARavenscroft

Used this marinade on chicken leg quarters instead of Cornish hens because that is what I had. Next time I would use the juice of both the lime and the lemon along with the rind of each instead of the amount posted.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare BBQ (Medium heat).
  2. Combine olive oil, chopped thyme, garlic,lemon peel, lime peel, honey, salt, and pepper in a baking dish and stir marinade to blend well.
  3. Place hens on work surface and cover with plastic wrap and pound gently with mallet to flatten slightly.
  4. Place hen halves in marinade in dish, using fingers, rub both sides of hens with marinade.
  5. Let marinate 20 minutes at room temperature.
  6. Grill hen halves until just cooked through and skin is lightly charred, brushing with remaining marinade, about 12 minutes per side.
  7. Arrange hen on plates and garnish lemon wedges, lime wedges, and fresh thyme sprigs.

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