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Marinated Cornish Game Hens Recipe

Delicious recipe good enough for company! Be sure to double the sauce ingredients for every 2 hens you cook.
Prep Time6 hrs
Total Time7 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornish game hens, game hens
Servings: 4


  • 2 game hens split in half
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves sliced
  • 2 TBS toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 TBS brown sugar
  • 3 TBS lime juice


  • Lay hens skin side down in glass dish. Prick each several times with a fork. In blender or food processor, blend all above ingredients until smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Place hens in a ziplock bag (you can double bag), pour marinade over, seal bag and refrigerate 6-24 hrs, turning occasionally.
  • Transfer hens to a 9×13 baking dish, single layer, skin side up. Reserve marinade.
  • Roast at 400 for 1 hour. Baste with marinade every 15 minutes.
  • Serve right away!