Slow Cooked Stuffed Cornish Hens

Succulent slow cooked stuffed Cornish hens. Serve with mashed potatoes or any choice of sides! I serve mine with mashed potatoes, peas, and a basket of peasant bread.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
9 hrs 16 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 51 mins
6 servings



  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • ½ cup chopped white onion

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • 1 pinch dried oregano

  • 1 pinch dried marjoram

  • 6 cups cubed plain bread

  • 2 cups chicken broth


  • 2 Cornish game hens, thawed and giblets removed

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup white wine

  • ¼ cup chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon dried sage

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried savory

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried rosemary

  • ¼ cup butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch baking pan.

  2. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add celery and onion; cook and stir until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Mix in thyme, seasoned salt, parsley, black pepper, nutmeg, oregano, and marjoram.

  3. Transfer herb mixture to a large bowl. Add cubed bread and 2 cups chicken broth; toss until well combined. Spread stuffing evenly over the prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

  5. Place Cornish hens on a flat work surface. Sprinkle salt inside the cavities.

  6. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add hens; season exteriors lightly with salt and pepper. Cook, turning to press all sides into the oil, until browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove hens from heat, reserving the oil.

  7. Spoon stuffing into the hen cavities; place hens in a slow cooker. Pour the reserved olive oil, wine, and 1/4 cup chicken broth into the slow cooker. Sprinkle sage, savory, and rosemary over the hens. Slice butter into 4 separate tablespoons and place on hens.

  8. Cook hens on Low until tender and juicy and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 8 hours and 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can supplement the dried herbs with 1 1/2 tablespoons herbes de Provence mixture.

You can supplement the herb seasoned stuffing with your choice of box stuffing.

Fresh parsley may be substituted for the dried parsley.

Fresh thyme may be substituted for the dried thyme.

I do not recommend cooking the hens on high, which takes 4 hours. Slow cooking on Low will make them perfectly tender and juicy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

503 Calories
36g Fat
21g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 503
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 47%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 571mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 336mg 7%

* 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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