A Cornish hen is a little more flavorful than a chicken. On the grill with hot pepper, they are BANGING.
I enjoy the taste both oven roasted and grilled. I do not use a lot of seasonings. There is no need and we don’t want to mask the flavor of the hens
Please keep in mind that I have added the amount of seasoning that I enjoy. African foods are high in salt compared to some other foods. So add your seasonings slowly (especially the salt) according to your taste and diet.
You will need:
2 Cornish game hens 1 1 Tbs seasoned salt 1/2 tsp salt(optional) 1 tsp black pepper one pod hot pepper (optional, finely chopped).
Cut each hen in half. Cut two slits on the outside of the two drumsticks. This is to help the seasonings to go through the chicken.
Combine seasoned salt, and black pepper. Use your hands to rub seasonings evenly over hens. I use gloves because I don’t like to put my hands on raw meat.
Use your finger tip to taste. Add some salt if you like.
If you are using the hot pepper, use a knife to cut the pepper into very small pieces. Use a mortar and pestle if you have one. Spread the pepper over your chicken. Make sure you DO NOT handle the pepper with your hands. It will be absorbed into your skin and burn or you may forget and rub your eyes.
Grill on a charcoal grill.
Finally, serve your hens with grilled cassava, grilled corn, or grilled plantains.
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If you do not have any gloves, slip your hand into a sandwich bag before rubbing seasonings and garlic into chicken.
You can use a gas grill also Just use some mesquite chips on the lava rocks.
You may not want to taste the the raw Cornish hen. If you choose not to, just omit the salt. You can always sprinkle salt on later.