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Tandoori Cornish Game Hens

Prep Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 50 mins


  • 2 Cornish Hens
  • ½ cup lemon juice juice of about 2-3 lemons
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 4 cloves garlic grated
  • 2 tablespoons ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • Red food coloring if desired.


  • In a large plastic bag, place cornish hens, lemon juice, and salt. Marinate for about 30 minutes, turning once.
  • Meanwhile, mix together yogurt, ginger, garlic, turmeric, and garam masala. Add food coloring, if using.
  • After lemon juice step is complete, transfer hens to a second plastic bag and pour yogurt sauce over the meat. Use your fingers to get marinade under the skin of the hens. Marinate for at least 3 hours or up to overnight for maximum flavor.
  • Bring hens to room temperature. Remove marinade from hens (as much as possible). Truss hens using twine.
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place hens on a rack over a large sheet pan. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn down heat to 400 degrees and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature is 175 degrees and juices run clear.