Hoisin-Roasted Game Hens

Hoisin, which is a blend of soybeans, garlic, chiles, and spices, is available in the Asian section of most supermarkets.

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  • Servings: 4
Hoisin-Roasted Game Hens

Photography: EARL CARTER

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2003


  • 4 Cornish game hens (each about 2 pounds), rinsed and patted dry
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger (2-inch piece)
  • 2 fresh red chiles, seeded and minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, rinsed well and drained
  • 1/2 cup hoisin, plus more for basting


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place hens in a roasting pan. Mix together garlic, ginger, and chiles in a small bowl. Rub garlic mixture over hens and under skin; stuff cavities with cilantro sprigs. Tie legs of each hen together with kitchen twine. Cover; refrigerate 20 minutes.

  2. Remove hens from refrigerator, and brush with 1/2 cup hoisin. Roast 35 to 40 minutes, basting occasionally with extra hoisin. Remove from oven, and serve hot.


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