Last week I wrote about The Bayou and mentioned their fried game hens. The idea of frying Cornish game hens seemed like a brilliant one to me. After all, we all love fried turkey, right? So it seemed to me that this would be sort of a miniature version of deep-fried turkey. It is. I simply coated the birds with some spices and yellow mustard and dunked them into the deep fryer – couldn’t have been simpler!
- 2 cornish game hens, thawed and giblets removed
- Garlic powder
- Chili powder
- Yellow mustard
Bring the game hens to room temperature and pat dry thoroughly with paper towels. Any water hiding in the birds’ cavities or elsewhere will cause nasty splatters in the hot oil.
To taste, but liberally, sprinkle the game hens all over with the spices. Use your hands to rub the spices into the birds.
Also using your hands (they are the best kitchen tools!), rub yellow mustard all over the games hens, as well as into the cavities, under the legs and wings, etc.
Bring oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees F.
Carefully place one of the game hens into the hot oil. Once the oil settles down a bit, lower the second game hen into it if you have room. If not, don’t crowd the hens and risk overflowing the oil. Just cook them separately.
The game hens will only take about 15 minutes to cook. Check with an instant-read thermometer—you want the hens to be around 170 degrees at their thickest.
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