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Moroccan spiced grilled Cornish hen
Moroccan spiced grilled Cornish hen

Moroccan spiced grilled Cornish hen

Preparation 10 minutes
Cooking time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) fresh coriander, chopped
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) oil
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 2.5 ml (1 /2 tsp) freshly ground black pepper
  • 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) cumin seeds, toasted
  • 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) paprika
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) ginger, grated
  • 4 Cornish hens or 2 broiler chickens of about 1 kg (2 lb) each
  • Lime wedges


  1. In a large dish, mix together the marinade ingredients.
  2. Cut away the backbone of the hens.
  3. Toss the hens in the marinade until well coated.
  4. Marinate from 3 to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. Preheat one side of the barbecue to high and the other side to low.
  6. Lightly coat the grill rack with oil.
  7. Remove the chickens from the marinade. Pat dry lightly.
  8. Barbecue the hens from 10 to 12 minutes on each side over high heat.
  9. Transfer to the low heat side of the barbecue.
  10. Reduce the heat on the hottest side to medium.
  11. Close the barbecue lid and cook for another 12 to 15 minutes or until juices run clear.
  12. Grill the lime wedges.
  13. Serve the hens garnished with the lime wedges, and accompanied by couscous or large homemade French fries.
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