From the Table: Roasted Game Hens…

Game Hens Roasted

Preheat Oven To 375° Serves 4


  • 1 Habanero Pepper, Seeded
  • 4 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Aged Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 2 Cornish Game Hens, Halved Lengthwise
  • 1 Pinch Salt And Pepper To Taste


  1. Blend habanero pepper, garlic, vegetable oil, vinegar, mayonnaise, and 2 teaspoons salt together in a blender until marinade is smooth.
  2. Place halved hens in a large bowl. Pour marinade over the chickens and turn to coat completely. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
  3. Remove hens from marinade, shaking off any excess, place hens on a plate, skin-side up. Discard remaining marinade. Season skin-side of hens with salt and pepper
  4. Cook hens in a large skillet until brown on both sides, turning occasionally, until skin is brown. Place hens in a buttered Dutch oven and cover. Roast for about 35 minutes; uncover and brown for 15 more minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F.
  5. Serve with rice pilaf, grilled Brussels sprouts and ice tea.
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