Pat's Deep-Fried Cornish Game Hens

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


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

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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