Herbed Hickory-Smoked Cornish Hens

Herbed Hickory-Smoked Cornish Hens

Hickory chips add a great smokey flavor to these grilled cornish hens.

30 min. prep time
4 servings
111 Rating


Hickory Chips

2 1/2 cups hickory chips

Cornish Hens

3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary*
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves**
1 tablespoon dry sherry, if desired
4 Cornish game hens, thawed, giblets removed
2 cloves garlic, cut in half
16 whole sage leaves


Cover hickory chips with water in bowl; soak 30 minutes.

Heat 1 side of gas grill to medium or charcoal grill until coals are ash white. Place coals to 1 side in charcoal grill. Make aluminum foil drip pan; place opposite heat. Cover heated side of gas grill or hot coals with hickory chips.

Combine butter, rosemary, 1 1/2 teaspoons sage and sherry in bowl; set aside.

Rub skin of game hens with cut garlic. Gently loosen skin over breast of each game hen; place 4 sage leaves under skin. Tie legs together.

Place game hens onto grill over drip pan. Baste with butter mixture. Grill 40 minutes; turn. Baste with butter mixture. Continue grilling 30-40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches at least 165°F and juices run clear when pierced with a fork.


*Substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary.

**Substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 380

Fat: 17g

Cholesterol: 255mg

Sodium: 200mg

Carbohydrates: 1g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 51g

Recipe #6960©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Bland and boring. We had to add a condiment to make it good (A-1, barbeque sauce, horseradish, etc). Salted it a lot too. Still boring.

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