12 hrs 25 mins
This is how I like to make my Cornish Hens. With Di Neal's Master Brine Recipe for meats, it is perfected. Watch the birds as they cook. Different shape and thickness can cause the same weight hens to get done at different times. The cook time does not include making the brine.
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- 1You need a tall narrow pot that will accomadate two hens with oil and still not be much more than half full.
- 2To see if your pot is big enough, put the hens in and fill with water to cover the hens.
- 3Make sure they can move easily and they are not tightly packed into the pot.
- 4Remove them and check water level.
- 5The water level is the amount of oil you will need to deep fry the hens.
- 6Make Master Brine if using.
- 7Rinse hens well with cold water.
- 8Add to cooled brine.
- 9I put them in a tall canister type bowl and the brine covered them completely.
- 10Refrigerate overnight.
- 11Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour prior to cooking.
- 12Pour off brine and dry the hens with paper towels inside and out (important to keep oil from boiling over.).
- 13Leave them in a colander to drain and come up to room temperature.
- 14DO NOT LEAVE THEM SITTING AT ROOM TEMPERATURE.
- 15Once they reach room temperature, you need to go ahead and cook them.
- 16Heat oil to 375º.
- 17While oil is heating, mix 1/2 cup flour with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- 18Lightly coat the first hen in the seasoned flour and shake off excess.
- 19When the oil reaches 375º, hold the hen by the legs and slowly lower it into the hot oil.
- 20Do this slowly to prevent the oil from boiling over.
- 21Once the first hen is lowered completely, coat the second hen.
- 22By the time you have the second hen coated, the oil temp should have come back up a little and you can go ahead and lower it into the oil with the other hen.
- 23Move the hens around making sure all sides are cooking evenly.
- 24The hens cook completely in 25 minutes or less.
- 25They will be a light golden brown.
- 26To hold the hens for 30 minutes, heat oven to 200º while frying and place a wire rack over a pan.
- 27Place the hens on wire rack in warmed oven.
- 28If you desire additional seasoning, you can add it to the flour before coating the hens or inject the birds.
- 29I don't recommend the injection because of the boil over possibilties with the hot oil.
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Nutritional Facts for Whole Cornish Game Hens Deep Fried
Serving Size: 1 (543 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 395.6
- Calories from Fat 74
- Total Fat 8.2 g
- Saturated Fat 2.0 g
- Cholesterol 217.4 mg
- Sodium 163.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 24.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
- Sugars 0.4 g
- Protein 51.3 g