Grilled Lemon and Garlic Cornish Hens with Classic Gremolata

Grilled Lemon and Garlic Cornish Hens with Classic Gremolata

Serves 4
Secret Ingredient: Butterflied Cornish Hens

Serve the classic gremolata in this recipe with pork chops or grilled chicken breasts, too. To learn how to make this recipe, watch the Secret Ingredient cooking show.
  • Cornish Hens
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • two lemons, Juice and zest of
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Cornish hens, butterflied (backbone removed)
  • Classic Gremolata
  • 2 lemons, juiced and zested
  • 5 cloves garlic, rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup Italian flat leaf parsley, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
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For the Cornish hens, mix first 5 ingredients together. Rub hens with marinade. Place hens in a bowl or zip top bag (pour any remaining marinade over the hens). Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cooking, up to 8 hours.

Meanwhile, for the gremolata, Place lemon zest, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, olive oil, salt and pepper in blender. Pulse to just combine. Add water (about 1/4 cup) if needed. Mixture should not be smooth, but rustic and textured. Adjust seasonings. Adding salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Refrigerate until needed.

To finish the Cornish hens, heat grill to medium heat. Remove hens from marinade and place on grill. Cook 10 minutes per side, until golden and crisp. The hens should reach an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove from grill and allow to rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with gremolata drizzled on top of the hens and in a bowl for passing.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 830 calories (560 from fat), 63g total fat, 15g saturated fat, 335mg cholesterol, 540mg sodium, 7g carbohydrates, (1 g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 58g protein.
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