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Slow Cooker Cornish Game Hens and Veggies

Slow Cooker 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.

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.

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Slow Cooker Cornish Game Hens and Veggies

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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.

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Easy Crockpot Cornish Hens and Veggies

How to make Crock Pot Hens and Vegetables

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

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 slow cooker crock pot

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.

slow cooker 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 slow cooker crock pot and sprinkled with seasonings

Cook on low for 8 hours. You can also cook these on high for 4-6 hours or until internal temperature on instant read thermometer reaches 180°F when inserted into inner thigh.

two Cornish hens in a slow cooker crock pot after cooking 8 hours

Serve and enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Cornish Game Hens and Veggies

Slow Cooker 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.
4.46 from 250 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Course Chicken-Poultry
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 1115 kcal

Ingredients

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 onion
  • 8 baby potatoes or 1 medium potato
  • 8 baby carrots
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 Cornish game hens (thawed)

Instructions
 

  • Spray a 4 quart crockpot with non-stick spray. Click for a 4 quart crockpot.
  • Cut the onion into quarters.
  • If you are using a full size potato, cut it into large bite size cubes.
  • Add the potatoes, onion, and carrots to the crockpot.
  • In a bowl, combine the garlic powder, paprika, salt, onion powder, oregano, thyme, and pepper.
  • Sprinkle half of the seasonings over the veggies.
  • Rinse the hens well under cold water, drain, and pat very dry with paper towels.
  • Place the Cornish game hens on top of the veggies.
  • Scatter the rest of the seasonings over the hens.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours. You can also cook these on high for 4-6 hours or until internal temperature on instant read thermometer reaches 180°F when inserted into inner thigh.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 1115kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 83gFat: 63gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 455mgSodium: 904mgPotassium: 2208mgFiber: 8gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 6164IUVitamin C: 52mgCalcium: 116mgIron: 6mg
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Cheryl

Monday 5th of December 2022

When the chickens are done in the crock pot, does the skin come out crispy? Or do you have a method to make the skin crispy?

Zona

Monday 5th of December 2022

Hi Cheryl, the tops are little bit crispy but maybe not as much as oven baked would produce. You can sear them in a hot skillet on the stovetop before you add them to the slow cooker or place them under a broiler, after they cook, until it reaches your desired crispiness.

Suzanne

Sunday 4th of December 2022

Can you cook this part of the time on high to make it quicker?

Zona

Monday 5th of December 2022

Hi Suzanne, you can cook these on high for 4-6 hours or until internal temperature on instant read thermometer reaches 180°F when inserted into inner thigh. Thanks for your question :)

Randy

Monday 4th of July 2022

This was great! Thank you. Definitely will make it again

Liz Smith

Sunday 17th of April 2022

Hello! I tried your recipe yesterday. DE-licious! And yes, my house smelled soooo yummy while they were cooking. I had such a flavorful, delicious, tasty meal last night. Thank you! Oh, and BTW, my cats enjoyed a bite of the meat too - HA!!

Zona

Sunday 17th of April 2022

Hi Liz, I'm so glad you and your cats enjoyed this dish so much! Thanks :)

John D Younger jr.

Sunday 29th of August 2021

Can you use celery instead of carrots?

Zona

Sunday 29th of August 2021

Hi John, I have not tried swapping out the carrots for celery but I think it should work just fine. I would not dice them tiny, maybe leave them about the size of baby carrots. Let me know if you try it and how it turns out for you.