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Easy Cornish Hens Recipe
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Easy Cornish Hens

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"Cornish hens with herbs cooked in the slow cooker are very juicy and the meat falls off the bone."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 10 mins


  1. Mix 1/3 cup lemon juice, melted margarine, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, garlic powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Pour and rub lemon juice mixture over Cornish hens. Mix 1/2 teaspoon thyme, salt, and black pepper in a bowl; sprinkle over Cornish hens.
  2. Pour chicken broth and 1/3 cup lemon juice into a slow cooker.
  3. Place about 1 tablespoon chilled margarine in the cavity of each hen; place hens in the slow cooker. Arrange the remaining margarine cubes in the chicken broth mixture.
  4. Cook hens in the slow cooker on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 24, 2012

Very delicious and tender. I didn't add all of the margarine but it was still very moist and delicious.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 04, 2013

I made this as directed and it came out moist and really good but it was really no better than buying a baked rotisserie chicken at the grocery. It was way more expensive as well.


21 Ratings

Feb 10, 2013

So incredibly easy to make! Served it Superbowl night wth a steamed brocolli/carrot mix (as a healthier alternative to chips, pizza, etc.) Made a few alterations--use a low-sodium chix broth and unsalted butter, but only half of what was recommended. Use freshly squeezed lemon juice and some lemon zest in the seasoning (rub). Cooked on high for 4-hours, ever so tender.

Feb 27, 2013

EXCELLENT just as written.

Apr 08, 2014

This was a pretty good recipe. I used 3 game hens, and adjusted the ingredients accordingly. Also added some baby carrots, and a chopped onion. They did come out of the crock pot super tender! But I think 8 hours on low was a little too long, they were done by around 6 hours (maybe because mine were partially thawed?). I then put them in the broiler for about 5 minutes to brown the skin, and it very good.

Jun 30, 2014

It was good.

Apr 13, 2013

This is a simple and easy recipe that we all enjoyed. I modified it a bit; cooked a fryer chicken rather than 2 small game hens. I did not add the extra butter on top, but I think next time I would just to make the breasts extra-juicy. Thank you.

Mar 15, 2013

I made this recipe last weekend with mushroom stuffing. The meat did fall off the bone and the flavor was excellent. The family all loved it. Oh, btw, I also cut the amount of butter almost in half. It still came out great.


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  • Calories
  • 516 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.5 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 152 mg
  • 51%
  • Fat
  • 43.6 g
  • 67%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 26.4 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 650 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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