Grilled Spice-Rubbed Cornish Hens



4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces cooked chicken)

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Nutritional Information

Calories 121
Fat 3.4 g
Satfat 0.9 g
Protein 20.1 g
Carbohydrate 1.3 g
Cholesterol 90 mg
Iron 1.1 mg
Sodium 346 mg
Caloriesfromfat 26 %
Fiber 0.4 g
Calcium 24 mg


2 teaspoons dried mint flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon hot paprika
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 (1 1/4-pound) Cornish hens
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Cooking spray


Combine first 5 ingredients, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and garlic in a bowl.

Remove giblets and necks from hens. Rinse hens in cold water; pat dry. Split hens into halves; trim excess fat. Loosen skin from breasts and drumsticks by inserting fingers and gently pushing between skin and meat. Rub equal parts of spice mixture under loosened skin. Sprinkle hens with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Prepare grill.

Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 10 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Remove and discard skin.