Grilled Cornish Hens with Herbs

Grilled Cornish Hens with Herbs

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  • ½ bunch fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 small (about 20 ounces each) Cornish hens
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


Preheat grill to medium temperature. Oil the grill rack.

In a small bowl, toss the chopped herbs, minced garlic, 2 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper.

Wash Cornish hens, and dry them well with paper towels. Cut in half lengthwise. Smother hens with herb and olive oil mixture.

Grill hens, on medium heat, turning occasionally, until nice and brown, about 20 to25 minutes. When done, remove hens to the prepared platter, and let them rest for 10 minutes.