Tequila & Lime Game Hens (Or Chicken)

Prep Time
Cook Time
1d 1h 40m
Ready In

"Split game hens marinated in tequila and roasted. COULD BE GRILLED IN SUMMER. Serve with rice. This is for 4 servings, 1/2 hen each, or 2 servings if you want a whole hen per person. Prep time includes overnight marinating. NOTE: A cut up fryer chicken could be used instead of game hens."

Original recipe yields 3 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (555.6 g)
  • Calories 755.5
  • Total Fat - 38.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 309.6 mg
  • Sodium - 739.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 23.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 14.9 g
  • Protein - 69 g
  • Calcium - 58.4 mg
  • Iron - 2.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 46.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

Split game hens in half.

Step 2

In bowl, combine lime juice, tequila, olive oil, Cointreau, garlic and jalapeno.

Step 3

Place split hens in oblong baking dish and pour tequila mixture over; turn hens to coat.

Step 4

Cover and marinate, turning once or twice, overnight in refrigerator.

Step 5

Remove from refrigerator and let set at room temperature about 1 hour before cooking.

Step 6

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a shallow baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 7

Remove hens from marinade and arrange, skin-side up, in baking pan.

Step 8

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 9

Bake on upper rack of oven, basting occasionally with marinade, until skin is golden

Step 10

And juices from thighs, pierced at their thickest part, run pinkish-yellow, 30-40 minutes. (Or bbq using your favorite method, spit or on the grill).

Step 11

Boil remaining marinade and pour over hens just before serving. (Add more tequila if needed, to make enough sauce).

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Good chicken. I used a chicken quarter because I either didn't have a game hen or it's buried somewhere in a freezer. This was easy to make and the cooking time was spot on. Thanks for sharing, Mike.

review by:
(21 Jul 2020)


What an easy dish to make...I cut the recipe in half and made one hen for the hubby and I...the meat was so tender and moist...we loved the flavors...I used a red chili only because I didn't have a jalapeno pepper...I served the sauce on the side...delicious...made for "Went to Market" tag game...

review by:
(28 Jun 2017)