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Why do I like to grill? There are so many reasons, but the most important one is the smell. The aroma of grilled meat, (especially with Chicken Marinade), makes my mouth water, but it also brings back summer memories.
Memories of family and friends gathering together to reconnect over a great meal. There is one memory in particular that is bitter sweet.
We had been gathering everyday for a week at my aunt’s house after a tragic event. Our cousin would grill for us almost every night. It was his way of pitching in to help and he was amazing with that thing! Grilling foods that I’d never thought of grilling. Everything tasted like it came out of a restaurant. That’s exactly what we all needed – comfort food.
So when I grill something like these Teriyaki Cornish Game Hens, I remember that special time we shared as a family.
Grilled Cornish Game Hens
You’d be surprised how easy it is to grill these hens. The only hard part – finding them in your Walmart store. They might not be where you think they are, so if you don’t see them make sure you ask a clerk before you give up.
To cook the birds, first you’ll need to Spatchcock each one of them to get them to lay flat on the grill.
This allows for a faster cooking time and gives the hen a crispy skin.
I paired my birds with slightly sweet and easy coconut rice, grilled bell peppers, and pinapple. It was delicious!
We prepared our coconut rice in our rice cooker, but you can do it on the stove too!
- Thawed Cornish Game Hens Spatchcocked
- 1 tbs Salted Butter per bird
- 1 bottle of Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste & Glaze
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 Red & Green Bell Peppers cut into large pieces
- 1 Pineapple cut into rings or large pieces
- 1 can Coconut Milk
- 2 Cups Water
- 2 Cups Rice
- 2 tbs Shredded Coconut
- Prepare your rice in a rice cooker. Put the coconut milk in a measuring cup and add water to measure 2 cups of liquid. Pour into the rice cooker with 2 more cups of water, the rice, shredded coconut, stir, and then start the cooker.
- If you are preparing the rice in a pan, boil the liquid first and then add the rice. Cover and cook on low for 20minutes. Fluff with a fork.
- Preheat the grill to medium high heat and grease the rack. After you have spatchcocked your hens, rub them with 1 tbs butter each, season with salt and pepper and put them on the grill breast side down.
- Cook for 10 minutes and after you flip, brush generously with the Teriyaki marinade.
- Place your fruit and veggies on the grill and cook for about 7-10 minutes or until you have nice grill marks on each side.
- Cook the bird for another 10 minutes and brush again with marinade before flipping the bird. Brush more marinade on the backside and cook until done.
- Serve with more marinade on the side for dipping.
You can add some Teriyaki sauce to the pinapple before grilled for awesome sweet, sour, and salty flavor.
Right now you can get a $2 off coupon when you buy any Kikkoman Sauce (10oz or larger) and a Tyson Cornish Game Hens twin pack.