Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Slow Cooker Cornish Hens

It was Alona's mom's birthday last week, and a last minute party was decided upon. We had these cornish hens in the fridge already defrosted, ready for a meal for the week, so we made them for the party. They were fairly easy to put together and tasted great! We looked up a few recipes and settled on one main one, but made some modifications such as adding the onions to the bottom of the slow cooker so that the hens didn't just boil in the juices. They turned out delicious and the meat fell away from the bones.

The base recipe we used is here:


Ready to cook - in slow cooker!


2/3 cup lemon juice, divided
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup butter, chilled and cut into cubes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 Cornish game hens
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup chicken broth
2-3 onions quartered (we used both yellow and red)


1. Mix 1/3 cup lemon juice, melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, garlic powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Pour and rub lemon juice mixture over Cornish hens.
2. Mix 1/2 teaspoon thyme, salt, and black pepper in a bowl; sprinkle over Cornish hens.
3. Place the quartered onions on the bottom of the slow cooker.
4. Pour chicken broth and 1/3 cup lemon juice into a slow cooker.
5. Place about 1 tablespoon chilled butter in the cavity of each hen; place hens in the slow cooker.
6. Arrange the remaining butter cubes in the chicken broth mixture.
7. Cook hens in the slow cooker on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.

What we liked:

It was quick to throw together and come home to a great meal!

What we didn't like:

If this wasn't for a party, then a rice side would have been really nice. 

What Kaspian thought about it:

He was having too much fun playing with his cousin to eat food :) Astrid enjoyed pelmeni though. 

Next time:

Serve with a side. 

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