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Have you ever made a Cornish hen? I haven’t, until this month! For some reason, I always thought Cornish hen was difficult to make and something found only in fancy restaurants. But guess what?! I cooked it and so can you!
How did I do it? With the help of Tyson® Cornish Hens and Kikkoman® Sauces of course! I mean, you have to start with great ingredients, so Tyson Cornish Hens and Kikkoman were a must for my new cooking adventure. Tyson Cornish Hens are all natural and have no added hormones or steroids while Kikkoman sauces are always a great flavor enhancer.
My adventure started at Walmart, where I picked up a package of Tyson® Cornish Hens in the frozen chicken aisle and Kikkoman® Teriyaki Sauce in the Asian food section. I originally had different plans for my sauce and marinade, but Kikkoman’s low salt soy sauce was sold out. No problem, because Kikkoman makes so many great sauces that it was easy to find an alternative. So I decided to use Kikkoman® Teriyaki Sauce for the Grilled Cornish Hens marinade and regular Kikkoman Soy Sauce for the Zesty Soy & Mayo dip.
Oh, and before we go any further, don’t let the small size of the Cornish hens fool you. There’s a lot of meat on these little hens. You can get two kid-size servings with one bird or one man size serving.
Since I was grilling the hens, I used the spatchcock* method to split open the hens to ensure even cooking. Once the hens were flattened out, I placed them in a dish with about half a bottle of Kikkoman® Teriyaki Sauce overnight, turning them at least twice.
*Spatchcocking is when you use a kitchen shear and cut out the spine of the chicken to flatten it out.
When the hens are ready, place them skin side up on the grill that is set on low heat. Cook for about 15 minutes on each side or when the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165°.
While the hens are grilling, make the Zesty Soy & Mayo Dip. The dip isn’t necessary for a tasty chicken, the Kikkoman sauce is enough, but it’s great when you don’t have time to marinate overnight to add a bit more flavor. Plus, it’s nice to have for dipping grilled veggies (we made grilled Okinawan sweet potatoes).
Wow! All I can say is I LOVE grilled Cornish hen. I served our hens with quinoa and Okinawan sweet potato for our own special dinner. Kikkoman’s Teriyaki sauce provided great flavor and the Tyson Cornish Hens were super juicy and moist. And now that I know how easy it is to prepare Cornish hens, I’ll be putting it into my month meal rotations.
Zesty Soy & Mayo Dip Recipe
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||5 minutes|
|Total time||15 minutes|
|Misc||Pre-preparable, Serve Cold|
- 1/4 cup Kikkoman soy sauce
- 1/2 -1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (1/2 tsp. for mild add more for added heat.)
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 Stalks chopped green onions
|In a small sauce pan on medium low heat - add soy, pepper flakes, garlic, ground ginger, and 1T. of honey. Continuously stir and cook just until the sauce begins to thicken and coats the back of a spoon- the sauce will get thicker when cooled. You will be left with about 2-3 Tablespoons of sauce. Set aside to cool.|
|When the sauce is cooled, add about a Tablespoon to the mayonnaise. Add in the onion powder, lemon juice, and remaining 1T. honey. Taste. If you prefer it with more salt or a bit sweeter, add more of each to adjust flavor. Add green onions right before serving.|