Grilled Cornish Hens

Learn how to grill Cornish hens perfectly for an easy and delicious chicken dinner during the BBQ season.


- Cornish hens - Salt & pepper - Olive oil - Garlic - Paprika - Lemon juice - Lemon zest - Fresh thyme leaves - Lemon (as garnish)

Spatchcock the hens


Find the breastbone running down the middle of the hen, cut it on both sides and then firmly press down on it with the heel of your hand until the bird lies flat.

Marinate the hens

Place the spatchcocked Cornish hens in the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, transfer it to the fridge, and marinate the cornish hens.


Prep the grill

Preheat the grill to 350 degrees F. Use a grill brush to eliminate any remaining residue from the grill racks. Then, dip a wad of paper towel into the oil and wipe the grates.



Shake off excess marinade before placing them on the grill, skin-side up. Cover the grill and cook the birds until they reach 165 degrees F.


Let the hens rest

When finished grilling, transfer the BBQ cornish game hens onto a plate and cover it with a loose tent of aluminum foil. Let the birds rest for 10 minutes.


Brush and serve

Brush the skin of both hens with the reserved marinade, and sprinkle them with chopped fresh thyme. Serve with a side of lemon wedges.


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Be sure to check out the blog post for ingredient substitutions, helpful tips, and storage instructions.

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