Barbecued poussin

    1 hour 15 min

    This recipe is great for summer barbecues. The poussin will melt in your mouth.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
    • 225ml (8 fl oz) lemon juice
    • 110ml (4 fl oz) olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon white wine
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
    • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon celery salt, such as Bart Spices
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 poussin

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. In a large, glass bowl, mix onion, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, white wine, Worcestershire, Tabasco, pepper, celery salt and salt. Place the poussin in the bowl, coating evenly with the marinade mixture. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours.
    2. Preheat barbecue for medium heat, and lightly oil cooking grate.
    3. Cook the poussin about 1 hour on the prepared barbecue, brushing occasionally with remaining marinade, until no longer pink and juices run clear.


    Allow 4 hours for the poussin to marinate in the refrigerator, or keep them marinating overnight.

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    These grilled game hens were a wonderful diversion from our usual, more mundane (i.e. chicken) menu. I confess that I only had two hens for the 4 servings I was hoping for. Prior to marinading, I cut each of them in half lengthwise, so that each half had a wing and a drumstick. I placed the four halves in a glass baking dish and poured on the marinade. (I made 1/2 the marinade, since I had half the game hens!). My husband, who is the Grill Master, popped them on the grill and cooked them slowly as he would a large, bone-in chicken breast. It didn't take anywhere near the 1 hour called for in the recipe (probably cutting them in half cut down on the grill time.) These were delicious, juicy, and visually appealing. My whole family was impressed. Served with long grain rice and stir-fried snap peas. The 1/2 hen was just the right amount for each serving - no one was still hungry, but alas, there were no leftovers! I will most definitely be making this again when we are in the mood for "something out of the ordinary".  -  05 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These were really tasty.  -  22 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great flavor!  -  15 Aug 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)