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Our love of summer runs deeply and our favorite pastime is creating something magical on the grill. The smell of charcoal and walking barefoot in the thick lush grass makes this momma of active boys happy! As an added bonus, it usually also means that my husband does most of the cooking! He’s generally adventurous when it comes to trying new things on the grill and recently, we decided to try our hand at spatchcocking chicken. Using our original chicken marinade, we seasoned two Tyson cornish hens, grilled them up, then glazed with a special Kikkoman sauce mix. The end result was out of this WORLD! #Grill4Flavor #CollectiveBias
The first step is to start with a massive charcoal grill.
I bought this for my hubby for his first Father’s Day and I like to think of it as his third baby. He loves spending time out there perfecting a grilled recipe and we reap the benefits from his delicious hobby!
Next, head to Walmart to pick up the supplies! The Tyson cornish hens are located in the coolers opposite the long meat aisle. They are typically the center aisles – if you cannot locate them, be sure to ask someone as they might be hidden. For the Kikkoman sauces, head over to the condiments aisle and pick up your preferred flavors.
Spatchcocking is a great way to cook the chicken evenly and relatively quickly. The butterfly effect also makes for a great presentation as you essentially cut the chicken in half and then grill that way.
Once you’ve spatchcocked the chicken, grilling the hens will go much quicker. This also means you will have to keep an eye on them to ensure that they do not burn. We spent time turning, positioning and checking them as the boys ran through the sprinkler.
Even with two hens on the grill, there is still plenty of room to grill up your sides, such as asparagus, potato packets, or skewers of vegetables.
Once the hens are nearing the finish line, begin glazing using the glaze recipe below. This sweet and tart sauce goes perfectly on the side as well as a dipping sauce!
Remove from the grill and prepare to serve. These grilled Teriyaki cornish hens did not last long! We set them on the patio table with our dipping sauce and within minutes they were devoured. A delicious moist hen paired with this sweet, spiced Teriyaki sauce was mouth-watering.
The whole grilling process took less than an hour which means we did not have to spend all afternoon of this glorious day babysitting food. We also loved the flavor so much that we will no doubt grill up cornish hens more this summer. What’s your favorite way to use your grill?
You can find a $2 off coupon for the purchase of a Cornish game hen twin pack and a 10oz. bottle of Kikkoman sauce. The neck hanger messaging will be on the sauce bottle starting June 1st and available on Coupons.com starting May 15th, available until September 30th or while supplies last.
- 2 Tyson cornish hens
- 1 c., divided, Kikkoman Low Sodium Teriyaki Sauce
- ½ c. Kikkoman Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 2 teaspoons of Worstershire
- 1 tsp. red chili pepper flakes
- Dash of salt
- Dash of pepper
- Dash of garlic salt
- Splash of red wine vinegar
- Spatchcock thawed chicken creating a butterfly effect
- Marinate in ½ c. of Teriyaki sauce for a few hours or overnight
- Begin to grill over open charcoal flame, browning and crisping each side
- Combine ½ c. of Teriyaki sauce and remaining ingredients above, whisking together to create a glaze
- When hens are almost fully cooked, begin glazing every fives minutes or so
- Remove chicken from heat and serve with leftover glaze on the side