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.


Recipe Summary

35 mins
9 hrs 16 mins
9 hrs 51 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

503 calories; protein 21.3g; carbohydrates 21.1g; fat 36.4g; cholesterol 142.4mg; sodium 570.5mg. Full Nutrition