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grilled cornish game hens covered in sauce and cilantro with lime

Thai Grilled Cornish Game Hens

Cornish game hens marinated in Thai spices then grilled to juicy, crispy perfection.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinade 1 day
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 519kcal


  • 2 cornish game hens spatchcocked
  • 2 limes



  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.
  • Place hens in a freezer bag and add marinade (reserve ⅛ cup marinade for serving). Refrigerate overnight up to 24 hours.
  • Heat grill to 450 degrees. Grill the hens for 7-10 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • Let rest for 10 minutes and serve with reserved marinade and fresh limes.


  1. This marinade would also be delicious on beef, pork, shrimp, fish, or shoe rubber. 
  2. The internal temperature of the hens should be 160F when removed from the grill. I like to use an instant read thermometer like this Thermapen to get a good temperature reading.
  3. If the skin starts to get too dark turn down the heat or move to a cooler part of the grill. 


Serving: 0.5hen | Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 1598mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 327IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg