Tested till perfect Tuscan Cornish Hens

Tuscan Cornish Hens

In the Tuscan tradition, fennel, garlic and rosemary are added to the marinade.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

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  • Portion size 4


  • 1/3 cup 1/3cuplemon juice
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupextra virgin olive oil
  • 4 4garlic clovegarlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspchopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp 2tspfennel seeds, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tsppepper
  • 4 4Cornish henCornish hens, (about 4 lb/2 kg)
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In shallow glass dish, whisk together lemon juice, oil, garlic, rosemary, fennel, salt and pepper; set aside.

Using scissors, cut hens down each side of backbone; remove backbone. Turn, breast side up. Press firmly on breastbone to flatten; tuck wings behind back. Add to dish, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate, turning occasionally, for up to 24 hours.)

Place hens, skin side down, on greased grill over medium heat; close lid and cook for 15 minutes. Turn and cook for about 20 minutes longer or until juices run clear when thigh is pierced.

Transfer to cutting board; tent with foil and let stand for 10 minutes. Cut each hen in half along breastbone.

Additional information :

To micro-grill: Arrange flattened hens, with thickest parts at edge of microwaveable dish. Pour marinade over top and cover with vented plastic wrap. Microwave at High, turning once, for 5 minutes or until juices run slightly pink when legs are pierced. Place on greased grill over medium heat; close lid and cook, turning once, for 15 minutes per side or until golden and juices run clear when thigh is pierced.

To roast in oven: Place flattened hens, breast side up, on foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast in 425ºF (220ºC) oven for about 45 minutes or until juices run clear when thigh is pierced.

Nutritional Information Per serving with skin: about

cal 586 pro 45g total fat 43g sat. fat 11g
carb 2g fibre 0 chol 262mg sodium 274mg

% RDI:

calcium 3 iron 15 vit A 7 vit C 5
folate 2
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