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Grilled to perfection, these Cornish Game Hen Teriyaki Stir Fry Bowls are marinated in Kikkoman® Sauce to enhance their flavor. Thrown on the grill, basted for more juiciness and then placed on top of stir fried vegetables, makes these bowls a perfect and quick weeknight meal.
My kids are heading back to school this week so I am on the lookout for quick and easy weeknight meals so we can all get back in the routine with as much ease as possible…yeah right. The start of school is always busy but this one especially seems more chaotic and it hasn’t even begun yet. See, my son is heading into Kindergarten this year 🙁 and I have no idea what to expect. How does the carpool lane work? Did I remember to put his lunch in his backpack? Did I kiss him goodbye and tell him I love him and how proud of him I am? Yikes, so many things to remember. But one thing is for sure, I don’t have to remember what we’re having for dinner tonight.
As I said before I’m looking for easy recipes I can serve my family for dinner for a less stressful week. I’ve also mentioned that I will be grilling everything in sight before summer comes to an end. So, I wandered into my local Wal-Mart on a mission to fill my cart with food that’s fast and simple to get on the kitchen table. I was cruising along down the center aisle looking in the freezer containers, when I spotted a 2 pack of Tyson® Cornish Hens. I threw those babies in the cart before I even had a chance to figure out what I was going to do with them. I figured it would hit me while I finished the rest of my shopping.
I then got the idea to marinade the Cornish game hens in soy sauce to ensure the meat stayed juicy when I threw it on the grill. So, I picked up a bottle of Kikkoman® Soy Sauce. I also found a Kikkoman teriyaki sauce sitting right above it that looked great and would be perfect for grilling, as you use it to baste your meat the last 10 minutes of cook time. These 2 sauces would work perfectly together to keep the meat moist and enhance the flavor of the stir fry bowls.
Alongside the meat, I wanted to add in some whole grain rice and an arsenal of veggies to boost the health factor of this dish. I love that Tyson Cornish Hens are All Natural with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. I try to limit the amount of food my family consumes with added hormones and steroids and the fact that Tyson Cornish game hens have neither, I was that much happier to be feeding my family this meal.
Here’s a step by step way for you to make these Cornish Game Hen Teriyaki Stir Fry Bowls at home.
I started by rinsing the bird under cold water and placed him in a resealable bag and set aside. Then, I whisked together the soy sauce, fresh garlic and ginger, brown sugar and sesame oil in a small bowl. I added the marinade to the resealable bag, turned the bag a few times to coat, and placed the resealable bag inside a bowl inside the refrigerator. I let them hang out in the fridge for 4 hours turning occasionally.
About 4 hours later, I took the bird out of the marinade and let the meat come to room temperature for a half hour. Then I headed outside to prepare the grill. I added charcoal to my chimney starter and got that fired up while I cleaned and oiled my grill grate. When the charcoal was ready, I poured the briquettes onto one side of the grill, also called indirect grilling. I placed my bird on the side with the charcoal so that I could char each side of the bird and give the outside some nice grill marks. Once each side of the bird had grill marks, I placed the bird on the side without the charcoal so I could finish grilling with indirect heat.
As my bird cooked on the grill I went inside to prepare my vegetables and rice so once the bird was done cooking everything come together in a snap. I used my favorite 10 minute boil in a bag brown rice blend. While I waited for the rice to finish, I chopped and sliced a red pepper, broccoli, sugar snap peas and carrots.
When the internal temperate of my bird reached 165 I took it off the grill and let it rest on the counter for 20 minutes. This is something you always wants to do when you’re grilling. When you pull your meat off the heat, let it rest at room temperature, for 15-20 minutes to ensure the juices stay within the meat. If you were to take the meat off the grill when it’s screaming out and cut right into it, all the juices from the meat would run out and could result in a dryer piece of meat and no one wants that. Especially when you’ve spent 4 hours marinating the bird in all its soy sauce glory. Keep those juices in, people!
I placed a large skillet over medium high heat, added some canola oil to the pan and added my vegetables. (Tip, make sure you have a large pan so that when you add the vegetables they are all touching the surface of the pan. If you have too many veggies, cook in batches. Stir fry veggies cook up best when they are cooked hot and fast.) While the vegetables sautéed, I whisked together soy sauce, a clove of garlic, fresh ginger and sesame oil in a bowl and added it to the pan the last minute of cooking. Stir all together and set aside.
Now, the star of this dish. Isn’t she a beauty? She’s all rested and ready for her debut. You can pull the meat right off the bone, slice or chop it up.
Lastly, you’ll need to layer everything into a bowl. I placed the rice in the bottom of the bowl, topped with the stir fry vegetable and sliced up some of the Cornish game hen to put on top. Sadly, there was none left for leftovers the next day. So, next time I make this meal, I’ll make both hens so I have leftovers for my husband to take to lunch. Double duty dinner and lunch, win-win!
Side note- The Cornish game hens can in a 2 pack. I have a family of 4, so I decided to use one for this recipe and freeze one for later. If you are feeding more than 4 people or would like to have some for leftovers, cook both birds and double the recipe.
These Cornish Game Hen Teriyaki Stir Fry Bowls couldn’t have been easier and tastier. I will be adding them to my weekly meal plan more often for the simplicity and ease of cooking. My family loved them and yours will too!
Cornish Game Hen Teriyaki Stir Fry Bowls
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Grilled to perfection, these Cornish Game Hen Teriyaki Stir Fry Bowls are marinated in Kikkoman's soy sauce to enhance their flavor. Thrown on the grill, basted for more juiciness and then placed on top of stir fried vegetables, makes these bowls a perfect and quick weeknight meal.
- For the marinade
- 2/3 cups Kikkoman Soy Sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 Tyson Cornish Game Hen
- For Grilling
- 1/4 cup Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste & Glaze
- For the Stir Fry Vegetables and Rice
- 2 cups of rice, prepare as directed.
- 1 red pepper half, thinly sliced
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup sugar snap peas
- 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/2 cup Kikkoman soy sauce
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 green onions, for garnish, if desired.
- For the marinade
- Wash and rinse Cornish game hen under cold water and place in resealable bag. Set aside.
- Whisk together all marinade ingredients in a small bowl and add to the resealable bag with game hen.
- Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours to marinade, tossing to coat every few hours.
- Grilling the Game Hen:
- Remove Cornish game hen from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare your grill. Fill a chimney starter with coals and light underneath. Set aside until ready.
- Clean and oil your grill grate to prevent sticking.
- When the coals are ready, pour them onto one side of the grill so you can use indirect heat to grill birds.
- Place Cornish hen on side with the coals for 1-2 minutes, per each side to achieve grill marks.
- Once charring is finished, move the bird to the side of the grill without the coals so you can finish cooking the bird with indirect heat.
- Cook bird for 35 additional minutes, flipping occasionally. Within the last 5-10 minutes, baste each side of the bird with Kikkoman teriyaki baste and glaze. (Cornish Game Hen is finished cooking when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.)
- After grilling, let Cornish game hen rest for at least 15 minutes so the juices can redistribute into the meat.
- For the Stir Fry Vegetables
- Cook rice according to package directions and set aside.
- Whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and ginger and set aside.
- Heat a large skillet to medium high heat and add canola oil.
- Add vegetables to the pan and stir fry for a few minutes until browned and cooked through.
- Within the last minute of cooking, add in the sauce you set aside.
- Remove from heat.
- To prepare bowls:
- Layer rice on the bottom of your bowl, add stir fry vegetables and top with sliced Cornish game hen.
- Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired.
For easy weeknight cooking, you could cook these birds on the weekend and save the meat in the refrigerator so all you'd need to do is stir fry the vegetables and prepare the rice
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Don’t forget to check out more delicious ways to grill up the Tyson® Cornish Hens and the different ways you can use Kikkoman® Sauces in your favorite recipes on the hub. I’d love to hear your favorites and what you’d make!
Christine | Mid-Life Croissant says
This is awesome. Love that you grilled that baby!
Megan Marlowe says
I was so happy with how they turned out! 😉
alliw @ Through Her Looking Glass says
Dear Megan, this looks absolutely delicious! I’ve never ever grilled a cornish hen, but it looks easy and a great family meal. Love your stir-fry bowl…so colorful and yummy!
Megan Marlowe says
Thanks so much Alli!
This looks like an amazing weeknight dinner! I love teriyaki bowls, but I’ve never thought to make my own at home and especially never thought of using a cornish hen. What a great idea! [client]
Megan Marlowe says
Thank you Janet! 🙂
This meal looks amazing. Do you have any information on the nutritional value, calories and such? Thanks!
Megan Marlowe says
thank you! No, I apologize I do not. You can use a tool such as a nutritional calculator, found online, and plug in all the ingredients you use to make the meal and it’ll figure out the nutritional information for you.