Grilled Sesame And Ginger Game Hen

As they say…."it tastes like chicken"…but it's not! Grill up a delicious Sesame and ginger game hen and serve it with mango salad.Yum! A game hen is basically a young chicken or also known as Cornish game hen. The meat is more tender and a little sweet

Ingredients for Grilled Sesame and Ginger Game Hen:

2 Cornish Game Hens, cut in to breast, Thigh and Drumstick
1 Recipe of Ginger and sesame glaze, divided into 2 containers
1 Recipe of fresh mango salad

Ginger and Sesame Glaze:
1/4 Cup roughly chopped mint
1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
2 Green onions thinly sliced
Juice 1/4 of a fresh lime
Salt and pepper to taste1/4 Cup roughly chopped mint
1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
2 Green onions thinly sliced
Juice 1/4 of a fresh lime
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 Cup Red wine vinegar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3 Cups Orange Juice – Boiled down to 3/4 cup (or use store bought concentrate)
1 Medium Shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
1 Small Clove garlic, peeled
1 Tablespoon wholegrain mustard
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh ginger
2 Tablespoons Toasted Sesame seeds
1 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
1 Serrano pepper, chopped (optional)
Light Olive oil to bind- about 3/4 Cup
Salt and pepper

Game Hen:

Get the grill as hot as it will go. Once hot, brush the hen pieces lightly with some of the glaze. Place the hen on the grill skin side down and turn the heat down to medium (if you are using a coal grill, before you place the hen on the grill, push the coals to one side of the grill and sear the hen for 2 minutes on the coal side and then move the hen over to the non coal side), close the lid and cook for 2 minutes. Open the grill and turn the hen over, glaze again and close the lid. Cook for 2 more minutes with the lid closed. Repeat two more times and the turn the grill down to its lowest setting or cut the air supply on a coal grill. The temperature inside the hen should be 165 Degrees or no blood in the juice if you pierce a hole in the legs.

Remove and serve, lightly drizzle with the reserved glaze (not the glaze you used on the grill). Enjoy


Place the sugar and vinegar into a saucepan and boil to syrup. This will take about 6-7 minutes and if you have a thermometer, the temperature of the liquid should be 230 Degrees F when done. Remove the syrup from the heat and add the reduced orange juice. Pour the liquid into a blender and add the shallot, Serrano pepper (if using), ginger, sesame oil, garlic and mustard. Turn on the blender on its lowest speed and gradually increase the speed until the shallot and garlic is completely chopped. While the blender is running, slowly add the oil. The final vinaigrette should be slightly thick, once at the desired thickness, add the sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper and use warm.

This can be used as a salad dressing as well as a marinade and glaze for grilled meat and fish.

Recipe Summary:
Yield: Serves 4

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Recipe Provided By:
Rivertown Inn
Stillwater, MN

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