Grilled Cornish Hens with Rice and Sicilian Butter Recipe

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Melissa Published: April 12, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Grilled Cornish Hens with Rice and Sicilian Butter

Grilled Cornish hens are flavored with butter that’s been infused with anchovy paste, orange, and olives, and served atop rice, for a belly-filling meal!

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



  • 8tbspbutter
  • 1cupblack olives
  • 2tspanchovy paste
  • 1tbsporange zest,(from about 1 navel orange), grated
  • 2tsporange juice
  • 2garlic cloves
  • ¼tspfresh ground black pepper
  • lbscornish hens,(2 pieces)
  • 2tbspcooking oil
  • rice,boiled or steamed


  1. Light the grill.

  2. In a food processor, puree the butter and olives with the anchovy paste, orange zest, orange juice, garlic and pepper. With a rubber spatula, scrape the butter into a small bowl and refrigerate.

  3. Rub the hens with oil and cook over moderate heat for 12 minutes. Turn and cook for 12 more minutes, until just done. Remove the hens from the grill.

  4. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons of flavored butter, letting the butter melt over both the hen and the rice.

  5. Serve and enjoy!


  • Calories: 880.65kcal
  • Fat: 73.59g
  • Saturated Fat: 26.66g
  • Trans Fat: 0.96g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 30.59g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 11.05g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.38g
  • Fiber: 1.32g
  • Sugar: 0.25g
  • Protein: 49.88g
  • Cholesterol: 349.09mg
  • Sodium: 496.74mg
  • Calcium: 78.43mg
  • Potassium: 706.20mg
  • Iron: 3.48mg
  • Vitamin A: 292.56µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.52mg
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