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Cornish Game Hens

Difficulty 1/5
Prep time 10 mins

Cook time 1 hr
Serves 4-6

Hardwood Mesquite

If you have a hard time sharing, these perfectly portioned game hens will do the trick. Your guests will feel like a VIP when presented with a personalized chicken. We've used basic spices so that the natural flavors can shine.


4 Cornish Game Hens

4 sprigs, plus additional sprigs for garnish Rosemary or Sage

4 Tbsp. Butter, Melted

4 tsp., or more to taste Traeger Chicken Rub


Rinse the game hens under cold running water, inside and out. (Game hens do not usually come with giblets, but do check the cavity for them before rinsing. If you find giblets, freeze them for chicken stock, if desired.)

Dry thoroughly with paper towels. Tuck the wings behind the backs and tie the legs together with butcher's string.

Rub the outside of each hen with the melted butter. Sprinkle with Traeger Chicken Rub. Slip a sprig of rosemary into the main cavity of each hen.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 375F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Roast the hens for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the juices run clear and the internal temperature of the thigh, when read on an instant-read meat thermometer, is 165F. Transfer the hens to a platter or plates and let rest for 5 minutes.

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary before serving.

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