Crock Pot Rosemary Cornish Game Hen

Nicole Darty Recipe

By Nicole Darty Idahogem1

Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot

This recipe came about as an easy dinner for me to throw together when I am home on my lunch break. It has quickly become one of our favorite dinners.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
What a terrific (and easy) special occasion dinner! These hens are so savory and so tender. Adjust the garlic and rosemary to your liking and you have a can't-miss meal.


cornish game hens
onion chopped
4 clove
2 Tbsp
olive oil
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
ground pepper
1 tsp
granulated garlic
1 tsp
granulated onion
2 tsp
dried rosmary or 2 fresh sprigs rosemary
1/4 c
water or white wine

Directions Step-By-Step

Sprinkle bottom of crock pot with half the salt and pepper then drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil over the bottom of the pot. Rough chop the onion and spread over the bottom of the pot. Place frozen Cornish game hen on top of the onions. Drizzle the remaining Tbsp of olive oil on the bird. Rough chop the garlic and place half on top of the bird and the rest, let fall in the pot. Season the bird with salt, pepper and garlic & onion seasoning. Top the bird with dried or fresh rosemary.
Add a 1/4 cup of water or white wine to the pot. Cook on low heat setting for 6 hours or until the legs begin to fall away from body.
To serve, cut the bird down the middle.

Optional: Carefully remove the hen from the slow cooker and transfer to a small baking dish. Place in a 450 degree oven just until skin is crispy and golden brown.
Cook 2 hens at a time for a larger family dinner or substitute a whole chicken. Just make sure to increase the cooking time to allow for the larger bird.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Wild Game
Regional Style: American
Collection: Festive Feasts
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #holiday, #festive

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Laura Burrows BB1987
Nov 21, 2014
Trying this tonight. :) It's already in the crockpot. Thanks for the idea. Maybe a question one of you can answer. I assume since the hen is frozen it does not need cleaned. Is this correct?
Jeffery Rogers Jeffery_Rogers
Oct 23, 2014
Don't I need more water then that?
James Alder learningtolivebetter
Feb 22, 2014
Haven't tried it just yet...but looking foreword to it! I may be adding some lemon pepper...or using orange juice as liquid base. Sound OK?
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Betsy Wolcott bebetsynow
Oct 22, 2013
I did not change the cooking time at all when I cooked 3 frozen hens at once. The meat was fall off the bone tender and they probably would have been ready at 5 hours. I love the leeway a crock pot gives you. And if you need to slow the cooking down, just take the lid off to release some of the heat, replace, and continue cooking.