Easy Cornish Hens


Cornish hens with herbs cooked in the slow cooker are very juicy and the meat falls off the bone.

close up view of a Cornish Hen on a platter
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
4 servings


  • cup lemon juice

  • ¼ cup margarine, melted

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • teaspoon ground cumin

  • teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 2 Cornish game hens

  • ½ teaspoon ground thyme

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • cup lemon juice

  • ¼ cup chilled margarine, cut into cubes


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

516 Calories
44g Fat
5g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 516
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 650mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 20mg 98%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 353mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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