Tequila Citrus Game Hens Recipe - Low Carb & Healthy

Low carb recipe for Tequila Citrus Game Hens which belongs to the Poultry recipe category.

Ingredients Needed

  1. 2 Cornish game hens
  2. cup (120 ml) lime juice
  3. cup (120 ml) lemon juice
  4. teaspoon orange extract
  5. 1 tablespoon (1.5 g) Splenda
  6. 1 cup (240 ml) tequila
  7. medium onion, minced fine
  8. cup (60 ml) olive oil
  9. 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  10. 1 whole jalapeno, seeded and minced fine
  11. Wood chips or chunks, soaked for at least 30 minutes

Cooking Instructions

I like to put everything but the hens in a blender and whiz everything up (and don't forget to wash your hands after handling that jalapeno!).

Put the hens in a nonreactive container just big enough to hold them.

Reserve some marinade for basting and pour the rest of it over the hens.

Turn them once or twice to make sure that the hens are coated and make sure some marinade gets inside the body cavities.

Stick the whole thing in the fridge for at least 3 or 4 hours, and all day won't hurt a bit.

A couple of hours before dinnertime, get the grill going for indirect cooking (put the coals on one side of the grill or light only one side).

Add the wood chips or chunks and place the hens on the grill.

Baste the hens every 30 minutes or so with the reserved marinade using a clean utensil each time.

Smoke the hens for about 2 hours or until their leg joints move freely.

An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat (but not touching the bone) should register 180 to 185F (85C).

Remove the birds from the grill and allow them to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before carving.

While those birds are resting, bring the reserved marinade to a boil, and boil it hard for at least 3 or 4 minutes.

Thicken it a little with guar or xanthan, if you like, and serve as a sauce with the hens.

Serving Yield

This is 2 hefty but elegant whole-bird servings, or 4 more

Nutrition Information

Assuming 2 servings, you'll get 16 grams of carbohydrate and 1 gram of fiber?if you consume all of the marinade. If you just have a spoonful or two, you can figure on getting 2 or 3 grams of usable carb; 59 grams of protein.