Grilled Game Hens with Oregano, Lemon, Black Pepper & Truffle Oil

Grilled Game Hens with Oregano, Lemon, Black Pepper & Truffle Oil
One of our favorite ways to prepare game hens is by bathing them in a savory marinade with a taste that is reminiscent of the sunny Mediterranean. The classic combination of olive oil, fresh lemons, oregano and zesty black pepper is enlivened with a modest splash of truffle oil. Marinating the hens for several hours allows all these rich flavors to mingle and infuse every bit of the chicken.

2 Cornish Game Hens, split in half
1/2 cup good fruity olive oil (we used Columela Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1 teaspoon Earthy Delights black truffle oil
1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crumbled
sea salt & cracked black pepper


Whisk together the olive oil, truffle oil, lemon juice, oregano and a generous amount of cracked pepper. Save out about 1/2 cup of marinade and put aside.


Slip the halved hens into a large ziploc bag and pour in the marinade. Force as much air as possible from the bag and seal tightly. Marinate from 2 hours to overnight.


Soak a handful of apple wood chips in water or white wine for at least half an hour.


Prepare the gas or charcoal grill to cook at 400-425 degrees, or pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Drain the wood chips; if using a gas grill, place in a small aluminum container covered with aluminum foil and poke holes in the top. Put the pan with the wood chips into the center of the grill. When it begins to smoke, it’s time to begin grilling. If you’re using a charcoal grill, sprinkle some of the wood chips directly on the coals just before you put the hens on. Add more chips occasionally throughout the grilling process.


Remove the hens from the bag and sprinkle with a little sea salt. Place on the hot grill or on a baking pan in the pre-heated oven. Turn the hens a few times, brushing frequently with the reserved marinade. Grill for about 30-35 minutes, or 45 minutes in the oven, until done and the juices run clear.


Enjoy immediately or let cool and serve at room temperature.



Products suggested for this recipe:

Earthy Delights

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Okemos MI 48864

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