A mixture cumin, oregano, garlic, and chipotle chili make a spicy and earthy rub for grilled Cornish hens.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Fat52 g
Total Carbohydrate2 g
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2 large chipotle chile, in adobo sauce, finely chopped, with 1 tsp adobo sauce
Heat a small skillet over medium. Add cumin seeds; heat 1 minute. Add oregano; cook and stir 30 seconds or until cumin is lightly toasted. Add 1 teaspoon oil and garlic; cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
Blend cumin mixture and remaining ingredients, except hens, in a small bowl. Rinse hens and pat dry. Lightly salt and pepper inside of hens. Secure wings to hens and tie legs together with string, if desired. Place marinade in a large resealable plastic bag; add hens and seal bag. Turn bag to coat hens evenly with marinade. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.
Set up grill for indirect cooking: For gas grill, preheat all burners on high. Turn one burner off; place food over “off” burner. Reset remaining burner(s) to medium. Close lid. For charcoal grill, arrange hot coals around outer edge of grill; place disposable pan in open space; place food over open area. Close lid. Heat to medium.
Remove hens from marinade; discard leftover marinade. Place hens (not touching) over indirect heat on grill. Grill hens, covered, 50 to 60 minutes or until done (internal temp 180ºF). Let stand 5 minutes before serving.