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Cornish Hen - Spatchcock

Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
edited 11:15AM in EggHead Forum
Thawed out 2 Tyson cornish hens. Made up a rub of dried thyme, dried marjoram, dried oregano, some smoked paprika, and DP Shaking the Tree. Added enough olive oil to make a paste, then added a tsp or so of minced fresh rosemary. Coated both sides of the spatchcocked hens as well as under the breast skin.
Then sprinkled additional minced rosemary on top before going on the Egg.
Egg stabilized at 400*, direct, elevated cook, with some apple chips on for smoke. Bones down - did not flip during the cook.
Almost finished:
Done and ready for a foil-covered rest:
Plated with some oven-roasted parsnips, onions, red peppers, and fresh yellow squash from my Earthbox garden (first harvest this year).
Rub was outstanding, hens were tender and juicy with crisp skin ! :woohoo:


  • davehempdavehemp Posts: 109
    Outstanding! Looks fantastic...I love those little birds on the Egg...
    Why not roast the veg on the Egg also?
  • mar52mar52 Posts: 12
    About how long was the cook? They look fantastic.
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    Clark: That's a pretty perfect cook right there!!! Nice job! Got my mouth watering. Love the 400* range for has never let me down when it comes to the skin! Nice cook, and looks delicious! Love the ingredients in your rub/crust!
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Nicely done Clark. :P
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Thanks, Dave.

    Not enough room for the veggies with both hens on there spatchcocked. Plus it gave something for the "Princess" to do....... :whistle: :ohmy: :)
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    I was also doing other things, like finishing up an herb garden, hanging some wind chimes, etc. so I would guess about 30 minutes.....
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Thanks, Michelle!
    I smaller amount of lump with an elevated, direct cook works great for poultry - got the idea from Fishlessman.

    I wasn't sure how the rub would turn out and didn't measure. Just pulled the dried herbs from the freezer and kept adding things that looked good. When I tasted it, I thought it might not turn out so good, but I forgot about the paprika changing flavor when heated. It really was good.....sometimes ya get lucky ! :)
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Thanks, Tim.

    BTW, thanks for all the water you guys up in TN, KY, Ohio and the entire Ohio/MS river basins are sending down here! :ohmy:

    I like 45 minutes east of Vicksburg and am in no danger of flooding, but man what an event! We are supposed to do our first relay triathlon in Tunica, MS (just south of Memphis on the big River) in 2 weeks. They keep telling us everything is closed, except the Harrah's hotel - the casinos, the restaurants, etc. - but that the race will go on! Go figure!

    My duck hunting hole will be flooded, but no structures - thankfully. One friend is expecting 22 feet of water at his camp, closer to Vicksburg !
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 9,867
    Man that looks good! I just googled Earthbox.

    Is this what you have? It sounds like it is working out. That is funny, because I was just telling my wife I would like to do a planter box with herbs on our deck.

    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,674
    I love Cornish Game Hens and it looks like you nailed those ones. Making me hungry already.

    Rowlett, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings


  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,747
    Thanks Clark, going to do those this weekend for sure.
    Nice cook....
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Hey Clark, It's bad news about all the flooding happening up and down the Mississippi. My dad is driving up from Florida to Wisconsin in June. On the return trip home after a month or so they usually stop in Tunica for a little gambling. They may have a change in plans this year. :)
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095

    I have 8 Earthboxes currently planted (3 in reserve) using their automated watering system. I willpost some pics, but don't think I have them on this work iPad. I put the herb garden in a 6x4 ft area of a flower bed near the back door.

    I have used Earthboxes for several years, but got serious and had racks made for 8 of them last year.
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Thanks, Jason. Direct,elevated and spatchcocked is a good, reliable plan.
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Thanks, Mickey.
    Nice, easy weekday cook!
  • They look perfect, Clark. Nice crisp skin, too.
    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
    3 Large, 2 Smalls, 1 well-used Mini
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Thanks, Faith. Nothing like a quick weekday meal! - with leftovers! :woohoo:
  • JLOCKHART29JLOCKHART29 Posts: 5,897
    Very nice Clark. It's been so long since I got good Egged food I am about in withdraw. Wife has been cook'en in kitchen but just not the same :blink: Almost pay ya to ship me one of those birds. ;)
  • beesbees Posts: 335
    I'm drooling...Where did you buy the birds?Thanks.Randy
  • Mr HollowayMr Holloway Posts: 2,034
    Those hens look great Clark :)

  • elzbthelzbth Posts: 2,075
    That's the good squash are just beginning to bloom (or at least what's left of them - the squirrels dug up some of them - first time we've had the problem since we got our garden boxes). ;)
  • BasscatBasscat Posts: 802
    Nice! That's one of my favorite cooks on my Mini. Easy, quick, and sooo good !-)


    Great meal!
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,130
    Yeah, those are just too beautiful! I gotta stop by the store tonight and pick up two for tomorrow dinner. Thanks for the inspiration!

    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Sorry your work schedule has put a damper on your Egging. :(
    You have a lot of catching up to do when your hour finally DO change :woohoo:

    BTW - all leftovers eaten!
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Thanks, Randy.
    Kroger grocery - packaged, frozen Tyson brand.
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Thanks, Shane. Definitely a 'do over'!
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Thanks, Elizabeth.

    You have to try squash blooms. The are a delicacy in some areas - either cooked or raw. Here are some I Egged last year. Put small pieces of cheese into the bloom, then briefly grilled. Eggcellent!

    Try Googling it.
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    Enjoy! We did ! :)
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