Slow Cooker Cornish Hens Recipe -
Slow Cooker Cornish Hens Recipe
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Slow Cooker Cornish Hens

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"This is my fiance's favorite slow cooker meal of mine. I usually serve it with the veggies over wild rice. You can turn this recipe for 2 into 4 by splitting the hens lengthwise after cooking."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 20 mins


  1. Coat the hens with about 1/4 of the mushroom soup.
  2. Mix the remaining mushroom soup with mushrooms, olives, zucchini, and garlic salt in a bowl. Stuff the mixture inside the hens. Arrange hens, breast sides up, in the slow cooker. Spoon any remaining soup mixture over the hens.
  3. Cook the hens in the slow cooker on High for 4 hours.
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  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 07, 2013

I gave it a shot and I loved it!! Pouring the sauce along with the mushrooms,Olives and cucumbers was awesome, i didnt make enough rice but this meal vanished very fast!!The Olives gave it a great taste.. Well done!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 28, 2013

Only change was using garlic cloves and sea salt instead of garlic salt. Cooked for 4 hours on high and I found the white meat of the cornish hens to be on the dry side. The mushrooms, zucchini, olives mixture was good though. Would not make this one again.

Jan 30, 2013

My fiance and I really enjoyed this recipe. Used garlic rather than garlic salt. The olives, zucchini, and mushrooms worked great together. We'll definitely make this one again.

Jan 14, 2013

I didn't have garlic salt in hand, so I just put in garlic powder... I didn't really expect this dish to turn out that great from how it looked from the prep time, honestly. However, the Cornish hens turned out juicy, and there was enough salt from the olives. I think I will try it over wild rice, but I just ate it by itself. It would be nice to skim some of the fat off since the liquid seems a little too fatty from the chicken. However, definitely a great slow cooker recipe that's a keeper.

Feb 15, 2013

As a "newbie" cook, this recipe tasted amazing and was so easy to make (I added peas and used minced garlic)! When it was cooked, I made a simple chicken bouillion roux from using the sauce from crock pot. Made simple homemade mash potatoes to complete it. Wow! Made this as my valentine's dinner for my fiance. He loved it.

Oct 07, 2013

I was very skeptical at first due to the green olive, but everything blended together so perfectly it was great. The meat was practically falling off of the bone! The only thing I did differently was add a second can of the Campbell's Golden Mushroom soup to the pot and was so glad I did!

Sep 10, 2013

Great Recipe! I make it all the time, my family loves it!The only thing I change is I use a chicken instead of the cornish hens. I put it on low for 8 hours in the slow cooker but follow the same ingredient amounts. Delicious

Mar 27, 2013

Doubled the recipe as I always do!!! I am not a fan of green olives but my husband and children are, so needless to say I was a bit hesitant to try this recipe. It didn't look appetizing nor did it smell appetizing before, during and after cooking but it tasted GREAT!! I cooked my hens a bit longer on a lower setting as I doubled the recipe. Also, I never use garlic salt or powder (just fresh garlic) 3 cloves for this recipe and 2 twists on my sea salt grinder was all I changed. I did remove the hens from the crock pot and set them in my broiler for approximately 7 minutes to brown the tops (just cause that's the way I like them :) The end result was delicious as I served it over long grain wild rice (A MUST)! There really wasn't a need for me to double the stuffing/juice as there was plenty! My husband who LOVES green olives stated that I should not put as many in next time.....and I, who am NOT A FAN of green olives LOVED it just the way it was!!!! My boys, 8-13 years old LOVED it just as it was! Thanks for a different way of preparing my hens in the "Slow Cooker"! LOVE IT!!!


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  • Calories
  • 851 kcal
  • 43%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.5 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 308 mg
  • 103%
  • Fat
  • 57.6 g
  • 89%
  • Fiber
  • 5.5 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 59.5 g
  • 119%
  • Sodium
  • 4201 mg
  • 168%

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

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