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Grilled Aegean Cornish Hens
Makes 8 servings.

4 - teaspoons Greek seasoning
2 - teaspoons lemon peel, grated
1-1/4 - teaspoons salt
1/2 - teaspoons pepper
4 - Cornish game hen without giblets, thawed
1/4 - cup fresh lemon juice
2 - Tablespoon olive oil

Preheat grill to medium-high, according to manufacturer’s directions.

  • In a small bowl, add Greek seasoning, lemon peel, 1/2-teaspoon salt and pepper.
  • Cut each hen down the backbone, and spread flat on cutting board. 
  • Slip your hand between the meat and skin on breast and thigh sections to loosen. 
  • Spread 1/4-seasoning mixture evenly under the skin of each hen. Sprinkle hens with 1/4-teaspoon salt.
  • Place hens on grill, skin-side down. 
  • Cover and grill for 25 minutes. Turn hens using tongs. 
  • Cover and grill for 25 minutes longer or until done (internal temp 180°F).
  • In a small bowl, mix together lemon juice, olive oil and remaining 1/2-teaspoon salt.

Picnicking & Tailgating

Place in ice chest.  When the grill is ready, just take them out of the ice chest and grill.


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