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Plum-Glazed Cornish Game Hens Recipe
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Plum-Glazed Cornish Game Hens

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"These plum jam-glazed Cornish game hens are fall-off-the-bone yumminess! I use homemade sand plum jelly for the glaze."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    8 hrs

    8 hrs 10 mins


  1. Place the game hens in a slow cooker. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
  2. Mix the plum jam and onion soup mix together in a bowl until well blended. Remove 1/4 cup of the jam mixture and refrigerate until needed. Brush the remaining jam mixture over the hens.
  3. Set the slow cooker on Low for 7 hours. Brush the reserved glaze over the hens. Cook on Low 1 hour more. Place hens on serving plates and garnish with kiwifruit slices.
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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
Feb 18, 2010

First time cooking Cornish Game Hens. Reduced the recipe down to just two birds, but thankfully kept the sauce the same. Mmmmmmm! To reduce fat, I skinned the hens before putting them in the crockpot and put them in breast down to make them extra juicy. Fancy Valentine's Day dinner with little or no extra work! Thanks!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 07, 2010

I did not care for the sauce.

Aug 31, 2009

I didn't have any plum, but I did have cherry perserves. I did everything else the way the recipe said and it was soo tender and falling off the bone. I'm new to slow cooking and this is a keeper!

Feb 13, 2009

I thought this turned out really well. The plum glaze added a really nice flavor. I might try this again with an apricot glaze. This was my first attempt cooking game hens in the slow cooker and loved the ease and convenience.

Jul 14, 2010

Amazing! My roommate and I love this recipe. Very easy. I've doubled the plum jam and mixed the opnion soup and red peppers (same amounts) in all together. Glaze 1/3 of the mix in the beginning, 1/3 an hour before, and save 1/3 (microwave for 30-45 seconds) for dipping sauce for the insides of the hens. Also good with peach preserves OR cherry jam.

Jan 31, 2011

We really enjoyed this! SO EASY and very few ingredients. Couldn't find plum jam so used red raspberry. Really delicious. I may use more crushed red pepper the next time, we like the zing. The only thing I did different was salt and pepper the hens before putting them in the slow cooker. This is a keeper!

Feb 15, 2011

I did the recipe exactly as printed and will probably double the jam next time. It was good, but the hot of the pepper flakes competed too much with the sweet of the jam. The juices made a great gravy with a little corn starch and chicken broth (we had on hand from making risotto). As other reviewers said, it was fall of the bone tender! Will definitely make again!

Sep 07, 2010

These hens turned out amazing.,,,,best I've ever made,,,the tangy plum sauce gave it a great flavor. Most tender ever... fall off the bone,,, yum


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  • Calories
  • 437 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 151 mg
  • 50%
  • Fat
  • 21.3 g
  • 33%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 26.4 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 589 mg
  • 24%

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

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