How to make it

  • 1) Rinse the game hens inside and out.
  • 2) Combine the other ingredients, except tea, to make a marinade.
  • 3) Place the marinade on the hens and marinate 8-16 hours.
  • 4) When you start the grill, remove the hens from the marinade and allow the hens to get toward room temperature. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking.
  • 5) Pour the marinade in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and boil for 3 minutes.
  • 6) Add tea leaves to ½ cup water. Cook in microwave for 1 minute.
  • 7) When the grill is ready, add ¼ of the soaked tea leaves to the fire.
  • 8) Cook game hens on indirect about an hour. Turn them every 15 minutes, adding more tea to the fire and basting with the marinade.
  • 9) When the hens are cooked through put them directly over the coals to crisp, about 2 minutes per side.
  • Serve one hen for each person. Accompany with mango or apricot chutney.

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    " It was excellent "
    victoriaregina ate it and said...
    I have never heard of this but will try it. Sounds delicious. Wonderful recipe. 5 forks and I will let you know of my success or failure. Either way, an adventure and that's what it's all about.

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  • whuebl 9 years ago
    Thanks for the neat way of cooking with tea leaves... haven't tried that yet but I have an electric smoker which would probably be perfect if I sprinkle the soaked tea leaves on the hot elements. Or I could get some ceramic briquettes and get them smoking hot by the elements and sprinkle the tea leaves on them?

    Thanks again and good to be buddies!
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    " It was excellent "
    auntybea ate it and said...
    I am going to try this -- I love tea-flavoured food -- I have a tea marinated salmon recipe on here that is terrific. It's weird, I almost picked up some game hens the other day and then thought "What would I do with them?" Now I know. Thanks!
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    " It was excellent "
    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    Love tea smoking, cornish hens are perfect for this...have also done a tea smoked salmon which was quite successful. Hi! M. Nice to see you posting, missed ya. You have my five. I think the ginger glaze I made the other day would be very good with this too. Nice post.
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