Grilled Asian Orange Cornish Hens with Asian Vegetable Medley Salad

Recipes in this PostGrilled Asian Orange Chicken with Asian Vegetable Salad

It was almost Labor Day, and in Southern California, you know that it is going to be hot through the holiday. Such days are excellent for barbecuing, but I get tired of regular barbecue sauce, and I didn’t feel like having Highway Chicken either. What to do, what to do?

I remembered I had some packets of True Orange that I hadn’t even tried yet, so I thought I would make an Asian orange glaze for the chicken. Then I thought that Asian green beans would be good – but it was too darned hot – so went to the freezer to see if we had any green beans. No luck, but we did have a package of frozen Asian mixed vegetables. Asian Vegetable Medley salad was the way to go.

If you haven’t tried the True Citrus products, you’re missing something wonderful. There is True Lemon, True Lime and True Grapefruit, as well as lemonade. The product comes in little packets, and has no preservatives, just crystallized citrus. It’s wonderful for making sauces because there is no extra liquid. All are wonderful in water, or mixed to make drinks. I have plenty of recipes, just have a look.

Recipe: Grilled Asian Orange Cornish Hens


  • 2 Cornish Hens
  • Wood Chips Soaked in Water
  • 2 Metal Skewers
  • 1/3 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 2 packets True Orange
  • 1 packet True Grapefruit
  • 4 packets True Orange
  • 2 packets True Grapefruit
  • 1/2 teaspoon Powdered Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Seed Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Sherry
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup


  1. Soak the wood chips in water at least a half an hour before starting.
  2. Start the grill. Light the charcoal.
  3. Mix all the ingredients for the rub together. You can use your fingers or a pestle.
  4. Remove the spine from the hens and spread them with your hands, getting them as flat as possible. Put skews through the wings and breast to keep them flat.
  5. Rub the rub into the inside and outside of the hens. Be generous! Use all the rub.Asian Orange Chicken Ready for the Grill
  6. By this time, the coals should be ready. Move them to one side of the grill.
  7. Put the hens on the grill, breast side down.
  8. Put about a third of the soaked chips into the fire.
  9. Put the lid on the grill.
  10. Check the chicken at a half and hour, and add more chips.
  11. Mix all the ingredients for the glaze together and have ready a heat safe brush.
  12. Check the hens with an instant read thermometer in the thickest part of the chicken. If they are at 175, they are ready to turn.
  13. Brush the inside of the hens with some of the glaze.
  14. Turn the hens over and mop the other side. Be generous and get the glaze in all the nooks and crannies. Add more wood chips and close the lid.
  15. In about 5 minutes, come back and glaze some more. Add any remaining wood chips
  16. Get a large platter for the chicken.
  17. Remove the chicken from the grill using tongs.
  18. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
    Asian Orange Chicken Off Barbecue

    Asian Orange Chicken Off Barbecue

  19. Cut each chicken in half, then in half again at the thigh.
  20. Enjoy!

Quick notes

Use metal skewers that will not burn.


You could easily do this with a regular chicken. Just be sure to use the indirect method as described.

Grilled Asian Orange Chicken

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: Chinese

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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Recipe: Asian Vegetable Medley Salad

Summary: This salad is super easy to make and uses ingredients you probably already have

IngredientsAsian Vegetable Medley Salad

  • 1 package frozen Asian vegetable medley
  • 1 package chicken Top Ramen
  • 2 cups water
  • Tops of green onions
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup flavorless vegetable oil
  • 3 crystallized ginger pieces, chopped


  1. Heat the vegetables in the microwave until just done. Drain.
  2. Put 2 cups of water into a pot, bring it to a boil and add the Top Ramen flavor packet. Break the noodles up a bit, and add them to the boiling water. Boil until they are done, but not soft. Drain.
  3. In a large bowl, put the chopped scallions, sesame seeds, and noodles.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, put the soy sauce, sherry and dry mustard. Whisk. Add the sesame oil and sugar. Whisk.
  5. Put the bowl on a towel or something that will keep it from slipping because you will need two hands at this point.
  6. All the while whisking, start adding the oil in a slow steady stream until the liquids have emulsified. Add the ginger and whisk again.
  7. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well to combine.
  8. Put in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Quick notes

Yes, I know, I know. No processed foods! What can I say? Someone left a package of Top Ramen at my house, and I hate to throw away food.


You could use any vegetables you wanted, and, of course, you could use regular noodles, even the Asian noodles if you can find them.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: Asian

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Copyright © The Good Plate.
Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
Microformatting by hRecipe.

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3 Responses to Grilled Asian Orange Cornish Hens with Asian Vegetable Medley Salad

  1. Laurence Mccranie says:

    I love this! I made your Highway Chicken, and loved it, and when I came back to get the recipe for that again, I found this one, and made it instead. It was delicious!

  2. Mac says:

    That just sounds delicious. I can’t wait to get it on the grill.

  3. Aannemer W. van Schaik Amstelveen Ouderkerk a/d Amstel Verbouwingen Onderhoud says:

    I love the products from True Citrus, and I’m going to make this for a party next week. Thanks for the tips.

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