Slow Cooker Cornish Game Hens and Baked Potatoes


Make a complete meal in the slow cooker with this one-of-a-kind for Cornish game hens and baked potatoes. All you need to do is top your baked potatoes when you get home!

Another I have that is similar to this one and is a must-try is meatloaf and baked potatoes. I can’t get enough baked potatoes on my menu!

3 game hens and 3 russet potatoes, done cooking in a slow cooker

This idea is from a sweet lady I met at one of my book signings (many moons ago). She mentioned that she often made Cornish game hens and large russet potatoes together in the slow cooker. All she had to do when she got home was serve and enjoy! Thank you to the mystery woman I met for this WONDERFUL idea.

Why This Recipe Works

  • This quick and easy recipe for cornish game hen with baked potatoes is the perfect size for a meal with minimal prep.
  • This meal makes for a great holiday meal like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve. It also makes a nice at-home date night dinner.
  • Making these hens and potatoes in the crock pot is a great way to make dinner in the morning and have it ready when you get home! Add baked potato toppings like sour cream, cheese, bacon bits etc., and you have an amazing meal that seems like you’ve been in the kitchen all day.
ingredients for cornish game hens with text for each ingredient

What is a cornish game hen?

  • Cornish game hens are in fact a chicken, though they a specific breed and are butchered earlier than standard chickens.
  • They contain less fat and calories than standard chicken.
  • These are not wild birds and don’t have a gamey flavor.
  • You can find cornish game hens in the freezer section of your store. (BE SURE TO THAW BEFORE USING THIS RECIPE).

How to make Cornish Game Hens in the Slow Cooker

  • Cornish game hens – make sure that they are thawed completely, which takes about 36 hours in the fridge
  • Russet potatoes – choose medium-sized potatoes so they will cook evenly, making sure they are scrubbed and dried
  • Lemon – you will need the juice of half of a fresh lemon. Do not use squeeze bottle lemon juice for it can taste like chemicals in recipes.
  • Spices – paprika, basil, ground pepper, sea salt
  • Olive oil – This is drizzled over the potaotes to keep them moist and help salt and pepper stick to them while .
3 game hens in slow cooker, uncooked

How to prep

Before you begin , the following need to be done:

  • Defrost the game hens, this usually takes about 36 hours in the fridge.
  • Remove the game hens from their packaging.
  • Rinse them under cold water to remove any debris from their insides and any stuck pieces of ice.
  • Pat the game hens dry with paper towels.
  • Place Cornish game hens breast side up in slow cooker that has been lightly coated with olive oil.
3 game hens, 3 potatoes with seasonings before cooking in slow cooker
  • Squeeze over a half a lemon over the chickens.
  • Sprinkle over paprkia, salt, pepper and basil.
  • Add the potatoes to the slow cooker. See how I tucked them in around the corners of the chicken, so the lid will fit?
  • Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil and add a touch of salt and pepper to them for good measure.
  • Cook on LOW for 7 hours or until the chicken is cooked and the potatoes are tender.

Can I use a different cut of chicken instead of cornish game hens?

  • Yes, you can substitute bone-in chicken thighs or breasts for the Cornish game hens. Follow the recipe the same, cooking until it is fully cooked and falls off the bone.
  • You an also do a whole chicken, but make sure it is a very small one, in the 4-5 pound range or the potaotes will not fit on top.
done cooking game hens and 3 cooked russet potaotes

Can I use sweet potatoes instead of russet potatoes?

  • If baked potatoes aren’t on your list of favorites, you can use sweet potatoes instead.
  • If you are doing low carb, you can add green beans during the last hour of cooking instead of adding potaotes.
  • You can also serve a nice side salad and some rolls to round out the meal.
plated Cornish game hen and loaded baked potato on a plate.

Varitaions:

  • Cajun – You can add cayenne pepper, onion and garlic powder to make this dish Cajun. Or use a cajun spice blend such as Tony Chachures Creole Blend (omit the salt from the recipe, this blend can be VERY salty).
  • Garlic herb – Add 2-3 cloves of minced garlic over the game hens along with the original recipe.
  • Barbecue – brush barbecue sauce over the done cooking game hens for a completely different meal.

FAQs

What temperature should cornish game hens be cooked to?

Cornish game hens should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also tell if your hens are done if your meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear. The slow cooker usually cooks things past the point of doneness and makes for very tender chicken.

Must I thaw the cornish game hens?

Yes, it is important to thaw the game hens before cooking. The chicken needs to be thawed to ensure they cook properly and get done simultaneously with the potatoes. Be sure to plan ahead.

Do I add water?

Do not add water to this recipe. The game hens will produce their own liquid to keep the recipe moist.

Does the slow cooker make crispy skin on chicken?

No, it does not. Sprinkling the chicken with paprika will give the chicken some color. You can brown the skin after cooking under the broiler in the oven if desired. (Be sure that your slow cooker insert is oven safe before doing this).

Can I add foil around my potatoes?

This recipe will work with or without foil. Since it works without and the potatoes don’t get soggy, I skip that step.

More complete meals for the slow cooker

I hope you enjoyed this easy recipe. It’s a perfect weeknight dinner that doesn’t take much time or effort but feels extremely special. So don’t be afraid to treat yourself and your family to this delicious meal any night of the week.

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3 game hens and 3 russet potatoes, done cooking in a slow cooker

Slow Cooker Cornish Game Hens and Baked Potatoes

A complete meal in the slow cooker! Cook three Cornish game hens along with three russet potaotes for a wonderful hearty meal.

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 7 hours

Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes

Servings: 3

Calories: 1157kcal

Ingredients:

Suggesting serving items:

Instructions:

  • NOTE – THE GAME HENS NEED TO BE THAWED COMPLETELY. This takes about 36 hours in the fridge.

  • Remove the game hens from their packaging. Rinse them under cold water to remove any debris from their insides and any stuck pieces of ice.

  • Pat the game hens dry with paper towels.

  • Add the game hens breast up to the slow cooker.

  • Squeeze the lemon over the game hens.

  • Sprinkle them with the 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, paprika and basil. Be sure to sprinkle the paprika over evenly, this will keep the hens from looking pale after cooking.

  • Add the russet potatoes on top, I tuck the potatoes in the empty spaces around the chicken. (no need to pierce the potaotes with a fork)

  • Drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes. Sprinkle the potatoes with a touch of salt and pepper.

  • Place the lid on the slow cooker.

  • Cook for 7 hours on low. DO NOT OPEN THE LID DURING THE COOKING TIME. Check to see if the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are tender before serving. Cook for an additional hour if your potatoes aren’t tender, for every slow cooker cooks slightly different.

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Recipe Notes:

Cornish game hens should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also tell if your hens are done if your meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear. The slow cooker usually cooks things past the point of doneness and makes for very tender chicken.
Ideally, this recipe can serve 3 people (very large servings, with possible leftovers). If you have kids to feed, there is plenty of food to share, though you will need to split the chicken and potaotes.
Do I have to thaw the game hens?
It is important to thaw the game hens before cooking. The chicken needs to be thawed to ensure they cook properly and get done at the same time as the potatoes. Be sure to plan ahead.
Can I add foil around my potatoes?
This recipe will work with or without foil. Since it works without and the potatoes don’t get soggy, I skip that step.
Variations

  • Cajun – You can add cayenne pepper, onion and garlic powder to make this dish Cajun. Or use a cajun spice blend such as Tony Chachures Creole Blend (omit the salt from the recipe, this blend can be VERY salty).
  • Garlic herb – Add 2-3 cloves of minced garlic over the game hens along with the original recipe.
  • Barbecue – brush barbecue sauce over the done cooking game hens for a completely different meal.

Nutrition:

Calories: 1157kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 82g | Fat: 73g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 35g | Cholesterol: 455mg | Sodium: 1061mg | Potassium: 1981mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 576IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 6mg





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