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This easy Slow Cooker Cornish Hens Recipe is delicious and simple to prepare. Serve it on a fluffy bed of rice smothered in the rich, creamy gravy flavored with sweet sun-dried tomatoes and herbs. The best part is this dinner can be cooked in your crockpot with minimal effort. Yum! Your loved one is sure to enjoy it.

Marry Me Cornish Hens on a white platter with sauces all around them

These cornish hens have a rich delicious sauce that you will defiantly want to serve over your side dish. Try one of these great sides that are perfect to sop up all the gravy.

If you have not cooked a cornish hen before, you need to try it. They are just like mini chickens. Because of their small size, they are individual serving size. Perfect for a fun romantic dinner.

😊 Great Reasons To Make Cornish Hens

  • This recipe is easy for a make-ahead main course. Perfect for an elegant meal or a holiday dinner party.
  • The sauce makes this recipe a unique creamy sauce that goes well over potatoes and rice.
  • Crockpot cornish hens always come out moist and tender. The slow cooking and sauce ensure this.
  • Serving a whole hen that is enough meat for one serving will create a memorable meal for your guests.

🛒 Key Ingredient Notes

ingredients for Marry Me Slow Cooker Cornish Hens Recipe
  • Cornish hens: Cornish game hen, also sometimes called Rock Cornish game hen, is a variety of broiler chicken produced from a cross between the Cornish and White Plymouth Rock chicken breeds. They are served as young chickens weighing no more than two pounds. Perfect for an individual serving. They can be purchased at your local grocery store, usually individually wrapped and frozen.
  • Sundried tomatoes: It is best to precut these into quarter-size pieces. They expand when cooking and are a bit chewy even after cooking in the sauce.
  • Parmesan cheese: Be sure and buy a good quality parmesan, not the shaker kind in the green can. You want it to melt nicely into the sauce.
  • Chicken stock: Again, quality counts. Be sure to use a rich chicken broth, not bullion granules.
  • Crushed red peppers: The recipe calls for one teaspoon, which will not make your dish spicy. However, if you like a bit of spice, put two teaspoons in when preparing the sauce.

⭐️See the recipe card for a complete list and quantities.

Step-By-Step Slow Cooker Cornish Hens

  1. Remove the Cornish hens from the wrapper and rinse well with cold water inside and out. Pat dry with paper towels. Season chicken generously with salt and black pepper on all sides. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil.
raw peppered chickens, browned chickens

2. Sear each side of the breasts and underside of the cornish hens until golden brown. Ensuring you have crispy skin will lock in the cornish chicken’s juices while cooking, yielding juicy meat when you serve. This is the secret to moist poultry. It should take about 4 minutes per side. When done browning, place the hens in a slow cooker.

3. Return skillet to medium heat and add garlic, thyme, basil, onion powder, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, 1 minute.

Next, stir in broth, heavy cream, sun-dried tomatoes, and parmesan into the pan. Season to taste with more salt. Bring to a simmer for 2 minutes.

pan of sauce, chicken and sauce in crock pot

4. Then, pour the sauce over the hens in the slow cooker.

Set the slow cooker on high power or 3 hours or low for 5 hours. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. They are done cooking when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

🔀 Variations

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  • Substitute two cornish hens for one whole chicken. One regular chicken that is medium-size would equal about three game birds.
  • If you enjoy poultry with cooked wine, substitute white wine for the chicken broth.
  • You could switch out thyme springs for fresh rosemary sprigs.

💭 Tips For Handling Raw Chicken

I like using disposable surgical-type gloves when handling raw chicken. After done, pull them off inside out and dispose of them.

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Marry Me Cornish Hens on a white platter with sauces all around them
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Easy Slow Cooker Cornish Hens with Rich Creamy Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes
3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 2 hens
This easy Slow Cooker Cornish Hens Recipe is delicious and simple to prepare. Serve it on a fluffy bed of rice smothered in the rich, creamy gravy flavored with sweet sun-dried tomatoes and herbs. The best part is this dinner can be cooked in your crockpot with minimal effort. Yum! Your loved one is sure to enjoy it.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

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Ingredients
 

  • 2 cornish hens, thaw over night in your refrigerator if you buy them frozen.
  • salt , to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon basil, dried
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, I like to use one 3-inch fresh sprig of thyme. If you don't have fresh, use 1 teaspoon of dried.
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp red crushed pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes , sliced into cubes
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese , freshly grated

Instructions
 

  • Remove the Cornish hens from the wrapper and rinse well with cold water inside and out. Pat dry with paper towels
    2 cornish hens
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil.
    3 tbsp olive oil
  • Season chicken generously with salt and black pepper on all sides.
    salt, black pepper
  • Sear each breast, sides, and underside of the cornish hens until golden brown. Ensuring you have crispy skin will lock in the cornish chicken’s juices while cooking, yielding juicy meat when you serve. This is the secret to moist poultry. It should take about 4 minutes per side. When done browning, place the hens in a slow cooker.
  • Return skillet to medium heat and add garlic, thyme, basil, onion powder, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
    3 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon basil, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp red crushed pepper flakes
  • Next, stir in chicken broth, heavy cream, sun-dried tomatoes, and parmesan into the pan. Season to taste with more salt. Bring to a simmer for 2 minutes. Then pour over hens in the slow cooker.
    1/2 cup chicken broth, 2 cups heavy cream, 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • Set the slow cooker on high power or 3 hours or low for 5 hours. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. They are done cooking when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Open the lid and allow cornish hens to cool slightly for 5 minutes. Then carefully lift them using a large metal spatula to a serving platter. Drizzle some of the sauce over the hens, about a 1/2 cup. Then place the rest of the sauce in a gravy boat to serve.

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Notes

Variations

  • Substitute two cornish hens for one whole chicken. One regular chicken that is medium-sized would equal about three game birds.
  • If you enjoy poultry with cooked wine, substitute white wine for the chicken broth.
  • You could switch out thyme springs for fresh rosemary sprigs.
Serving: 1hen, Calories: 2044kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 96g, Fat: 177g, Saturated Fat: 79g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g, Monounsaturated Fat: 67g, Cholesterol: 742mg, Sodium: 974mg, Potassium: 1833mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 4429IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 537mg, Iron: 6mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Dish
Author: Gina Dickson

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