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Barbecue Cornish Game Hen

with Coleslaw & Sautéed Corn

Barbecue Cornish Game Hen with Coleslaw & Sautéed Corn

Barbecue chicken with slaw and corn is traditional across the American South. Flavors of the sauce itself can vary from state to state. Ours has a terrific balance of sweet and tangy notes and coats a Cornish game hen in place of chicken. We spice up the typical coleslaw and corn with sesame oil and cilantro. It’s a flavorful twist on an American classic!

Barbecue Cornish Game Hen with Coleslaw & Sautéed Corn ingredients
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Ears Corn
  • 1 Large Bunch Cilantro
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • ½ Head Red Cabbage
  • 1 Cornish Game Hen, Split
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ Cup Barbecue Sauce
Prepare your ingredients:
1 Prepare your ingredients:
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic. Remove the husks and silks from the corn. Using a knife, cut the kernels off the cobs. Peel and cut the carrot into thin matchsticks. Roughly chop the cilantro leaves. Core and thinly slice the cabbage.
Roast the cornish hen:
2 Roast the cornish hen:
Rinse the Cornish hen under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels. Place it in a roasting pan or on a large baking sheet, and drizzle it with a little olive oil. Season it with plenty of salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
Make the coleslaw:
3 Make the coleslaw:
In a large bowl, combine the carrot, cabbage, sesame oil, the juice of the whole lemon, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss to coat.
Cook the corn:
4 Cook the corn:
In a large pan, melt the butter on medium-high. Add the garlic and corn and cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then remove from the heat. Stir in half the cilantro until combined.
Glaze the Cornish hen:
5 Glaze the Cornish hen:
Immediately after the Cornish hen comes out of the oven, brush or spoon almost all the barbecue sauce all over the hen. (Reserve the rest for serving.) Roast in the oven an additional 1 to 2 minutes to glaze the hen.
Plate your dish:
6 Plate your dish:
Divide the coleslaw and corn between 2 plates. Top each with a Cornish hen half. Spoon the remaining barbecue sauce over each hen half before eating, if you like. Garnish with the remaining cilantro. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare your ingredients:
1 Prepare your ingredients:
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic. Remove the husks and silks from the corn. Using a knife, cut the kernels off the cobs. Peel and cut the carrot into thin matchsticks. Roughly chop the cilantro leaves. Core and thinly slice the cabbage.
2 Roast the cornish hen:
Rinse the Cornish hen under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels. Place it in a roasting pan or on a large baking sheet, and drizzle it with a little olive oil. Season it with plenty of salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
Roast the cornish hen:
Make the coleslaw:
3 Make the coleslaw:
In a large bowl, combine the carrot, cabbage, sesame oil, the juice of the whole lemon, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss to coat.
4 Cook the corn:
In a large pan, melt the butter on medium-high. Add the garlic and corn and cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then remove from the heat. Stir in half the cilantro until combined.
Cook the corn:
Glaze the Cornish hen:
5 Glaze the Cornish hen:
Immediately after the Cornish hen comes out of the oven, brush or spoon almost all the barbecue sauce all over the hen. (Reserve the rest for serving.) Roast in the oven an additional 1 to 2 minutes to glaze the hen.
6 Plate your dish:
Divide the coleslaw and corn between 2 plates. Top each with a Cornish hen half. Spoon the remaining barbecue sauce over each hen half before eating, if you like. Garnish with the remaining cilantro. Enjoy!
Plate your dish: