Crock Pot Rosemary Cornish Game Hen

Nicole Darty Recipe

By Nicole Darty Idahogem1

15 Min
6 Hr
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
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #holiday, #festive

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Jul 5, 2010 - Nicole Darty shared this recipe with discussion group: Hot Crockpot Lovin'
Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
Aug 10, 2010
Janet awarded this recipe a Blue Ribbon!

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.
Robin DuPree robdupree
Nov 2, 2010
Congratulations on your blue ribbon..
Dee Walding dwalding
Nov 3, 2010
Looks wonderful, this one I have to try..Thank you..
Jewel Hall 0124
Nov 3, 2010
Hey Nicole, congrats !!! I love Rosemary !! On many things. Devinne recipe.....Cheers ~JH~
Holly Willwerth Hollybells
Nov 7, 2010
This sounds great! I'm going to try cooking two side by side in a larger crock pot!
Jewel Hall 0124
Nov 8, 2010
I just love you ladies and gents while off line I want you to know I missed Ye....Jewel
Jan 4, 2012 - Angela Gray shared this recipe with discussion group: Preferred Products Past and Present
Jackie Schneider JackieOhh
Feb 7, 2012
I am going to try this.....looks easy and delicious...
Ann Walsh utsnoshark
Feb 10, 2012
will make 2 birds in my 6 qt. crock pot this coming weekend. Only adjustment is to add some lemon powder (True Lemon) with the rest of the seasonings and inside the cavity of the birds. The rosemary, garlic and lemon are a great combo. Maybe will also add a splash or three of some nice white wine to the bottom of the crock.
Jeanne Benavidez jeanneben
Feb 10, 2012
Congrats on the blue ribbon. This looks and sounds delicious...a definite keeper...;)
Lori Allred louie09
Feb 11, 2012
I love it when a recipe earns a blue ribbon that is actually good for you, easy and sounds delicous. Some of the winners I can feel my artieries hardening just reading them LOL.
patti hubbard-gentile sammiesmommie
Feb 17, 2012
Question.....I have the hens but they aren't frozen. Should I cut down the cooking time??? Please let me know.
Thanks ~ Patti
Nicole Darty Idahogem1
Feb 18, 2012
Yes, I would say cut down the cooking time a bit on the low heat setting. Check them after 3 hours to see how they are doing. I have been cooking them breast side down lately and they have been turning out wonderfully juicy!