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Crockpot Cornish Game Hens and Veggies Recipe for Two

Crockpot Cornish Hens and Veggies on a serving platter

Crockpot Cornish Game Hens and Veggies come out tender and savory and the meat is juicy and falls off the bone.  The herbs and spices provide a delicious flavor combination.

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We served this dish with a small side salad and some dinner rolls. This recipe is the perfect size, easy and quick with just 5 minutes of prep. It makes a great Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or date night dinner for two.

I can’t say enough good things about this meal. The house smells amazing the whole time it’s slow cooking. Using baby potatoes and baby carrots cut down on prep time since you don’t need to spend any time chopping them.

You can add a little spice by adding some cayenne pepper, if you like some heat. Plus you only have one pot to wash up afterwards.

My husband eats his whole hen but I save half of mine for lunch the next day.

Need a dessert to go with it? Try this Pumpkin Pie for Two or this Apple Pie for Two.

How to make Crockpot Cornish Game Hens and Veggies:

Spray a 4 quart crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.

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Cut the onion into quarters. If you are using a full size potato, cut it into large bite size cubes.

baby carrots, baby potatoes, and an onion cut into quarters

Add the potatoes, onion, and carrots to the crockpot.

onion, potatoes, and carrots in a crockpot

In a bowl, combine the garlic powder, paprika, salt, onion powder, oregano, thyme, and pepper.

herbs and seasonings in a bowl

Sprinkle half of the seasonings over the veggies.

crockpot veggies sprinkled with seasonings

Rinse the hens well under cold water, drain, and pat very dry with paper towels.

two cornish hens on a paper towel

Place the Cornish game hens on top of the veggies.

Scatter the rest of the seasonings over the hens.

two cornish hens added to crockpot and sprinkled with seasonings

Cook on low for 8 hours.

two cornish hens in a crockpot after cooking 8 hours

Serve and enjoy!

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Yield: Serves 2

Crockpot Cornish Game Hens and Veggies

Crockpot Cornish Game Hens and Veggies

Crockpot Cornish Game Hens and Veggies come out tender and savory and the meat falls off the bone. The herbs and spices provide a delicious flavor combination.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 onion
  • 8 baby potatoes or 1 medium potato
  • 8 baby carrots
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Cornish game hens (thawed)

Instructions

  1. Spray a 4 quart crockpot with non-stick spray. Click for a 4 quart crockpot.
  2. Cut the onion into quarters.
  3. If you are using a full size potato, cut it into large bite size cubes.
  4. Add the potatoes, onion, and carrots to the crockpot.
  5. In a bowl, combine the garlic powder, paprika, salt, onion powder, oregano, thyme, and pepper.
  6. Sprinkle half of the seasonings over the veggies.
  7. Rinse the hens well under cold water, drain, and pat very dry with paper towels.
  8. Place the Cornish game hens on top of the veggies.
  9. Scatter the rest of the seasonings over the hens.
  10. Cook on low for 8 hours.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 881 Total Fat: 47g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 30g Cholesterol: 337mg Sodium: 798mg Carbohydrates: 49g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 63g
Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Theresa
    July 10, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    I did noe see where there was any broth added. Do you add any broth?

    • Reply
      Zona
      July 10, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Theresa, no there is no broth in this recipe. The hens will create a little as they cook. Thank you for your question 🙂

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    • Reply
      Carol
      October 6, 2019 at 9:32 pm

      Can you stuff the Cornish hens and omit the thyme.

      • Reply
        Zona
        October 7, 2019 at 8:56 am

        Hi Carol, you can stuff the hens using either a box of prepared stuffing or prepared homemade stuffing (I have a recipe for homemade stuffing under the “Side Dishes” category. I recommend cooking on low for 8 hours for the best outcome. If you don’t care for thyme I think it would be fine to omit that also. Thank you for your question.

    • Reply
      Amanda B
      December 5, 2019 at 4:16 pm

      Hi, did you add any water or broth to the crockpot?

      • Reply
        Zona
        December 8, 2019 at 7:50 am

        Hi Amanda, no there is no water or broth needed for this recipe. So sorry for the late response and thanks for your question 🙂

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    Shannon
    October 19, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    How do you prepare the cornish hens out of the package before you coat them in the seasoning? I forgot to spray the crockpot before I put everything in, oops!

    • Reply
      Zona
      October 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Shannon, I rinse them well with cold water then pat them very dry with paper towel before sprinkling the seasonings on. I hope it turned out well for you and thanks for the question 🙂

    • Reply
      Audrey Denton
      December 31, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      Will it have the same effect if I cook it on high for 4 hours?

      • Reply
        Zona
        December 31, 2019 at 2:59 pm

        Hi Audrey, I have not tried cooking them on high. I think as long as the hens are completely thawed you should be fine cooking on high for 4 hours. Let me know if you try it and how it works out for you. Thanks 🙂

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    Karen P
    November 16, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I made this recipe for Cornish Hens and Vegetables yesterday. I rubbed the hens with butter and used Montreal Chicken seasoning. It was delicious and the birds were tender! Thank you.

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