Honey-Lime Glazed Cornish Game Hens

Servings: 4 | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Grilling Time: 30-40 minutes



  • 2 Cornish game hens, 1/2 to 2 pounds each;


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil;
  • 2 tablespoons honey;
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice;
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves;
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves;
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic;
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika;
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt;
  • 1/2 teaspoon frshly ground black pepper;



  1. Whisk the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl;
  2. Remove and discard the giblets from the hens. With a sharp knife or poultry shears, remove the backbones and cut them in half;
  3. Place the hen halves in a large, resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, place in a bowl and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours, turning ocasionally;
  4. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (350 to 450 Fahrenheit degrees);
  5. Remove the hens from the bag and discard the marinade. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the hens, bone side down, over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, until the juices run clear and the meat is no longer pink at the bone, 30 to 40 minutes. For crispier skin, grill the hens, skin side down, over direct medium heat during the last 5 to 10 minutes of grilling time. Remove from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes before serving. 

Bon appetit!

[Recipe source: weber.com]

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