Hoisin Marinated Grilled Cornish Game Hens

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

Adapted from BBQ with Bobby Flay! Episode-Extreme Barbeque! The chicken needs to marinate 1 to 2 days.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the hens in a baking dish.
  2. Mix the hoisin sauce, red wine, scallions, ginger, garlic and sesame oil together in a bowl and pour the marinade over the hens.
  3. Cover and refrigerate the hens for 1-2 days.
  4. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  5. Put the hens on the grill bone side down and grill, covered, about 10 minutes.
  6. Gently turn them over and continue grilling for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the juices run clear.
  7. Let the hens rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

This was great! I marinated for 1 1/2 days, then strained the leftover marinade and reduced to make a BBQ sauce which I basted with about 5 minutes before pulling off of the grill. I was a little leery of the recipe when I pulled the hens out of the marinade, as they were a really unappetizing purple color. However, as they grilled, they turned a beautiful mahogany color. All three of us really enjoyed this meal, including the leftovers I had for lunch the next day.

IngridH September 25, 2009

Loved the Asian flavors in this. I marinated these for 2 days which really made them tender and soak up more of the hoisin flavor. We also boiled the marinade for about 3 minutes which made for a nice sauce over the chicken and some rice. Thanks Sharon.

lazyme August 07, 2007