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Grilled Cornish Hens

Herb butter is the secret to keeping these Grilled Cornish Hens tender and juicy. Simple to prepare and grill, you will want to add these to your usual barbecue menu.


  • 4 1 1/2 lb each Cornish hens
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 10 Tbsp butter softened
  • 1 Tbsp tarragon
  • 1 Tbsp rosemary


  • Cut the hens along the backbone and remove the bone.
  • Lay each hen flat and secure with 2 skewers run through from the side.
  • Mix softened butter salt, pepper, tarragon and rosemary in a bowl.
  • Loosen the skin around the breast and thigh areas of each hen.
  • Place 1 Tbsp of the herb butter under the skin.
  • Melt the remaining butter mixture and brush the hens. Save some for basting during cooking.
  • Grill hens over medium high heat on a covered grill for 25 minutes, basting as needed.
  • The skin turns a crispy, golden brown when done.