Preparation, uses, and tips
Wash guinea fowl thoroughly in cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
Guinea fowl should always be cooked until well done. To check visually to see if guinea
fowl is done, pierce it with a fork. You should be able to insert the fork with ease, and
wiggle the leg with ease. Guinea fowl dries out quickly; do not overcook.
Mix together 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; sprinkle over outside of whole guinea
fowl and inside body cavity. Place guinea fowl in shallow pan, breast side up. Roast in
350°F (180°C) oven for 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 180°F
(82.2°C), basting occasionally. Let stand 10 minutes before carving.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil, then brown guinea fowls on all sides. Add cooking
liquid (water, broth, or wine), herbs, spices, and vegetables, cover, and place in a 375°F
(190°C) oven for 45 minutes or until done.
Heat skillet over medium heat. Rub guinea fowl with salt, pepper, and spices if desired.
Add oil to skillet, then cook bird in covered skillet for 20 minutes. Uncover and cook another
Rub guinea fowl with mixture of oil, salt, pepper, and spices. Place guinea fowl on
prepared grill with rack about 8 inches (about 20cm) from heat source. Grill, turning
frequently (using tongs to prevent piercing skin) until fork tender.
To test the temperature, place your palms above the coals or heat source at cooking level.
If you have to remove your hands after 2 seconds, the temperature is hot; after 3 seconds,
medium hot; and after 4 seconds, medium. More than 4 seconds indicates the grill has not
reached cooking temperature.
Arrange guinea fowls in a shallow microwave dish. Cover and microwave on medium for 15 to
Farm-raised guinea fowl weight about 2 pounds (900 grams).
Guinea hen (meat only, raw), 1/2 Guinea
Total Fat: 6.5g
*Excellent source of: Niacin (23mg), Vitamin B6 (1.2mg), and Vitamin B12 (0.97mcg)
*Good source of: Iron (2.0mg)
*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular
nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value. Foods that are a “good
source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the Recommended Daily