Crockpot Cornish Hens with Carrots and Potatoes

There is just something about the magic of Crockpot cooking.  Maybe it’s the meat falling off the bone tenderness or the set it and forget it attitude one can take when cooking…. I don’t know.  With a recent post about Cornish Hens over at Tina Culbertson’s blog, I got the itch to make a Cornish Hen meal.

Here is the recipe:

  • 3 Cups of Chicken Stock
  • 2 Cornish Hens
  • 1 Bunch of Parsley
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 8 Carrots, pealed and cut
  • 6 Yukon Gold Potatoes, quartered
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • ½ tbsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt

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1)Stuff the Cornish Hens with the Parsley, Onions and garlic cloves (2 cloves per bird).

2)Place Hens in Crockpot, add Chicken Stock, Carrots, Potatoes

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3)Set Crockpot on low, cook for 4 hours

4)At for hour mark add the salt and pepper, cook for another three hours

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This is a very easy to make meal, if you don’t mind waiting the 7 hours.  The carrots and potatoes capture the flavors of the Chicken stock, as well as the Hens, and is fantastic.  The onion really didn’t have much of an impact on the overall flavor, but the garlic was subtlety noticeable.

To me, Cornish Hens have a unique taste.  While they are not “game” hens, the flavor and texture does remind me of of game meats.  When I make this dish again, I have the intent of complimenting the game aspect in some way.  I’m not sure how, as of yet, but adding that little big of “something” has the ability to make this an outstanding dish.

Not there yet, but the potential is there.

6 thoughts on “Crockpot Cornish Hens with Carrots and Potatoes

  1. Well…

    I find these little guys to be deceiving. There really isn’t that much meat on the birds. If I was to bake/BBQ the birds, I’m not sure the time spent getting the meat off would be worth it. I remember that being a problem when I used to eat them.

    After sitting in the Crockpot for 7 hours the meat just falls off the bone. One literally can simply pick up a bone and be done with it, no effort whatsoever. None. Even getting the bird to the plate with the bones in place may be hard as the meat just wants to come off…

    So, Crockpot it’s not too much of a concern. Baked I would say yes.

  2. That’s a great idea – in the crockpot. I made good use of the bones and bits of leftovers by making broth for future use.

    Thanks for mentioning me Van!

    1. I actually thought about using the bones for a broth but it was a bit too much effort for me at the time (I was feeling rather sick). I felt like I was wasting it, though, as it would have made a great base – the entire house smelled so very good.

      Have to give credit where credit is due! Keep up the good work.

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