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Crockpot Cornish Game Hens and Veggies 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 Hens and Veggies on a serving platter

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: 881Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 337mgSodium: 798mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 63g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Johnna

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

Can you use a red union cut in quarters

Zona

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Hi Johnna, yes you can use red onion. Enjoy :)

Chance

Saturday 16th of May 2020

Do you thaw the hens before rinsing them? Mine were frozen!

Zona

Saturday 16th of May 2020

Yes, I start with thawed hens. Thanks for your question :)

Karen P

Saturday 16th of November 2019

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.

Shannon

Saturday 19th of October 2019

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!

Caroline

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

@Audrey Denton, I made mine on high for 4 hours and it came out deliciously moist and vegetables were still great.

Audrey Denton

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

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

Zona

Saturday 19th of October 2019

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 :)

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