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Tandoori Cornish Hens

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  Cornish hens 3 Pound (3 whole, 1 pound each)
  Chili powder 1 Teaspoon (adjust quantity as per taste)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Black pepper To Taste
  Fresh lime juice 3 Tablespoon
For marinade
  Plain non fat yogurt 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm)
  Fresh ginger piece 1 Inch, coarsely chopped
  Onion 1 Small, coarsely chopped
  Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Ground turmeric 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Chili powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon (adjust quantity as per taste)
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Lime 1 , cut into wedges (for garnish)
  Fresh cilantro sprigs/Parsley 3 (for garnish)

Thaw the hens if frozen.
Rinse, remove giblets and necks and pat dry.
Make several slits in the skin, then split each hen in half along the breastbone.
Mix together chili powder, salt, pepper and lime juice.
Rub mixture all over poultry and set aside for about 15 minutes.
In a blender, puree all marinade ingredients.
Place poultry pieces in a bowl and add marinade.
Mix well to coat all the pieces.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, turning occasionally.
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Place hens, skin-side up, on a rack in a roasting pan and spoon marinade over the pieces.
Bake, basting frequently with marinade, until thoroughly cooked, 45 to 60 minutes, or until hens are very tender.
Test for doneness by pricking the skin of the thigh; the juice should run clear.
Serve hot.
Remove skin before eating and garnish with lime and cilantro or parsley.

Recipe Summary

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Main Dish

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2990 Calories from Fat 1746

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 194 g298.1%

Saturated Fat 53.4 g267%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 1379.5 mg459.8%

Sodium 2030.6 mg84.6%

Total Carbohydrates 57 g18.8%

Dietary Fiber 7.5 g29.9%

Sugars 25.7 g

Protein 248 g496.6%

Vitamin A 84.7% Vitamin C 120.3%

Calcium 40.4% Iron 134%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Tandoori Cornish Hens Recipe