Pat's Deep-Fried Cornish Game Hens

Pat's Deep-Fried Cornish Game Hens
Photo by Ben Fink


  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 6 1 1/2-pound Cornish game hens
  • 3 quarts buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried red pepper flakes
  • + 5 more ingredients
    • Peanut oil
    • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Whisk together the first six ingredients in a small bowl. Set half of this mixture aside. Divide the remaining seasoning mixture between two large mixing bowls, and pour the buttermilk evenly between the two bowls, whisking to combine. Put half of the onion and thyme in each bowl. Place three g...

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