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Fried Game Hen



Ever since Katie bought me a deep fryer for Christmas last year, I've been thinking about giving fried chicken a shot. Mom taught me how to make the best Italian style chicken cutlet but southern-style fried chicken was something I've never been able to master. Cornish game hens were on sale and I wondered if frying a whole one would be doable. People do whole turkeys, a little bird like a game hen had to be possible. So I bought one, some buttermilk and some brussels for a "nest" and set out to see if we could pull it off...


Fried Cornish Game Hen over Brussels' Salad

June 8, 2014

Buttermilk fried cornish game hen stung with Sriracha honey in "nest" of brussels sprouts and currants

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Yield: 2 hens
Deep Cast Iron Skillet or Deep Fryer with enough Oil to fill 2/3 (peanut, canola, vegetable, something with a high smoke point)
Buttermilk: 2c
Garlic: 3 cloves, minced
Salt: 1 tbsp
Smoked Chili Powder: 1 tsp
Black pepper: 2 tsp
Onion Powder: 1 tsp
Rosemary: 1 tbsp
Thyme: 1 tbsp
Flour: 3c
Baking Powder: 1.5 tsp
Garlic Powder: 1 tsp
Onion Powder: 1 tsp
Cornish Game Hens: 2

Brussels' Sprouts: 1 lb, shredded
Salt: 1 tbsp
Lemon: 1, juiced
Dried Currants: 2 tbsp
Thyme: 1 tsp
Parmigiano Reggiano: 2 tbsp

Honey: 2 tbsp
Sriracha: 1 tsp

1. Combine first 8 ingredients in gallon sized freezer bag. Place hens in bag. Squeeze as much air out as possible out of the bag, place in a bowl and refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 200 F and oil to 360 F.
3. Combine flour, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and a heavy pinch of salt and pepper in a gallon freezer bag.
4. Transfer hens (one at a time) to bag with flour. Toss to coat. Repeat with second hen. Return both to buttermilk bag to coat again. Finish one last time in flour mixture.
5. Deep fry hens for 15-20 minutes each or until golden brown.
6. Move birds to rack over pan in oven (see below) and place in oven for 30 minutes to finish.
7. Mix salad ingredients. Set up "nest" on two plates.
8. Plate hens in nests.
9. Pour sting over birds. Grab a rag for your hands and dig in.