Easy Cornish Hens

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."


4 h 10 m servings 516 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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.


  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.
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  1. 21 Ratings


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

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...

EXCELLENT just as written.

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! ...

It was good.

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.

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 ...

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 h...

This recipe is amazing! I made this for dinner tonight and everyone loved it! I took the advice of another reviewer and broiled it for about 10 minutes to golden up the skin. I did not measure t...