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I love the grill, but honestly I used to be afraid of it. I’ll never forget the time my mom went outside to start the grill and came back in with no eyebrows or arm hair. From then on I always assumed the grilling was the man’s job and best to just be left up to him. Well guess what? It’s so much easier than I thought! My husband taught me how to properly start and operate a grill and I’m now a grilling machine! I’ve recently discovered I can grill a whole bird right on my grill and it tastes amazing! I have a new Grilled Orange Cornish Hens recipe for you to try out and I encourage all you women out there to grill it yourselves!
I saw these cute little Tyson® Cornish Hens at Walmart and thought to myself, I could totally throw those on the grill! I don’t know about you, but I prefer all my meat grilled. My favorite thing is to eat the burt, charred edges off everything! Sometimes those parts don’t even make it into the house when I’m the one grilling. I love that Tyson Cornish Hens are all natural, have no artificial ingredients, preservatives, and no added hormones or steroids! Who says you can’t find good quality meat at the local grocery store? I did.
I also picked up some Low Sodium Kikkoman® Soy Sauce because I knew it would be a great base for a marinade and would really tenderize the meat.
For Sunday dinner at my parent’s house last week I offered to bring my hens because I knew everyone would love them and I secretly wanted to show off my grilling skills. Sunday morning I gathered my ingredients and got my hens marinating before we left for church so they would have plenty of time to soak in the goodness before grill time.
In a small mixing bowl combine:
- 1/4 cup low sodium Kikkoman soy sauce
- 1/4 raw honey
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
- zest of 1/2 large orange
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 cloves chopped garlic
Pour marinade over hens and let sit at least 1 hour. (Mine marinated about 8 hours) I put mine in a covered dish and flipped them every few hours. It may be easier to just put them in large ziplock bags but mine were all still lost in moving boxes somewhere. Either way gets the job done.
When it’s time to grill, make sure your grill is on the lowest setting so they don’t burn! Place them right on the grill and flip every 5-8 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 160-165 degrees. Mine cooked for about 35 minutes.
- I found that the skin burns very quickly, so I ended up taking most of it off because we don’t usually eat that part anyway.
- Another option to avoid burning is to pre-bake your hens and finish them off on the grill. This way you still get that good bbq flavor without worrying so much about the burning.
My whole family loved the flavor and fun of eating these little birds. We paired the hens up with a great salad and some homemade mac and cheese for the kids and pregnant lady(shhhh). I’m kicking myself in the butt for not taking a pic of the whole dish. It was an excellent Sunday dinner!
Check out more delicious ways to grill up the Tyson® Cornish Hens here. I’d love to hear about your grilling skills in the comments! Let me know if you try the recipe!
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