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

Marry Me Slow Cooker Cornish Hens Recipe

Gina Dickson
Merry Me Slow Cooker Cornish Hens Recipes has a rich and creamy gravy with bites of sweet chewy sun-dried tomatoes, herbs all smothered over juicy cornish game hens. They are perfect for a special occasion, but best of all, they are easy to prepare and cook on their own in your crockpot
Prep Time 20 mins
3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 hens
Calories 2085 kcal



  • 2 cornish hens organic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 garlic cloves 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.
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes sliced into cubes
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp red crushed pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

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  • Remove the Cornish hens from the wrapper and rinse well with cold water inside and out. Pat dry with paper towels
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil.
  • Season chicken generously with salt and black pepper on all sides.
  • 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.
  • 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. Then pour over 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.
  • 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 the sauce over the hens and down into the bottom of the crockpot. Then place the rest of the sauce in a gravy boat to serve.

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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.


Serving: 1henCalories: 2085kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 95gFat: 180gSaturated Fat: 80gPolyunsaturated Fat: 18gMonounsaturated Fat: 71gCholesterol: 801mgSodium: 919mgPotassium: 1871mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 4703IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 550mgIron: 6mg
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