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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.

a graphic of Crockpot Cornish Hens and Veggies top view
Slow Cooker Cornish Game Hens and Veggies

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.

Crockpot Cornish Hens and Veggies close up view
Easy Crockpot Cornish Hens and Veggies

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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.

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

Serve and enjoy!

Crockpot Cornish Hens and Veggies on a serving platter
Slow Cooker Cornish Game Hens and Veggies for Two

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Yield: Serves 2

Slow Cooker Cornish Game Hens and Veggies

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

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.

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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Cheryl B

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Delicious and so easy to put together! We really enjoyed this meal. It's a keeper for sure. Thank you for sharing!

Zona

Thursday 18th of February 2021

Hi Cheryl, I'm so glad you enjoyed it, thank you!

Mary Pat Fasiczka

Saturday 19th of December 2020

This is amazing. Made it for Thanksgiving and will making it for Christmas.

Zona

Sunday 20th of December 2020

Hi Mary, thank you! I'm so glad you like it :)

Gail Janke

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

Can bone-in chicken thighs be substituted for Cornish hens?

Zona

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

Hi Gail, I have not tried that but I think it should work just fine. Let me know how it turns out for you :)

Ellen Henault

Sunday 11th of October 2020

Hi there! If I prep the night before and put the pot in the fridge over night with spices and hens all in with veggie will this muck up the dish? Want to be able to throw on in the morning :) thanks!

Mary Pat Fasiczka

Saturday 19th of December 2020

@Zona, Prepping the night before is fine

Zona

Monday 12th of October 2020

Hi Ellen, I have not tried prepping the night before and storing it in the fridge until morning. Looking through this recipe, I don't think it would cause you any issues though. If you decide to try it let me know how it works out for you. Thanks :)

Glenda

Monday 3rd of August 2020

Hello Zona, Just found your blog. Since I am getting a later start in the day, can I turn the Crock Pot onto to high for a difference in hours? Thanks

Zona

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

Hi Glenda, 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. Thanks.