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I'm a dichotomy of blue jeans, pretty jewelry, frugalista, and Southern girl living the simple rural life. I want to live my life holistically, thoughtfully, economically, and most of all gratefully, and encourage other women to do the same.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Crockpot Cornish Hens

When I know it's going to be a crazy, busy day with office work and homeschooling and a myriad other details, I turn to my crockpot. There's something calming about spending a few minutes in the morning preparing ingredients for the crockpot, knowing that at 6 pm supper will be ready without much more effort on my part.

One of the quick-prep meats I cook in the slow cooker are Cornish hens. I wash the hens inside and out, chop an onion into quarters and stuff them into the cavities, and place them (cavity side up) in the crockpot. I salt and pepper them and add water to the cooker to reach about halfway up the sides of the hens.

Then turn it on low and let it cook for eight hours.

When I remove them at the end of the cooking time, I usually pre-plate them before I place them on the final serving platter. This allows all the water to drain out. It's a little difficult to drain them while holding them over the crockpot. They are fall-apart tender.

Hope this helps you on one of your busy days.



  1. Dana - another good idea is to cook a whole chicken in your crockpot. Roll up tin foil "balls" and place in the bottom of the crockpot, sit the chicken on top of those, butter or olive oil rub and any seasoning you like. Cook on low for 6-8 hours and it's just like rotisserie chicken! The tin foil "balls" allow all the juices/fats from the cooking process to drain to the bottom away from the chicken so you can get a good crispiness on the bird. We did it just the other week and it was so good!

    1. Wow! That sounds great. I'll try it. Sounds a lot easier than dragging out my rotisserie oven.

    2. I don't ever use my rotisserie anymore unless Gene is here to help. I can't get the bird to tie up and hang on the spinner things right..before you know it, there is a leg hanging down getting burnt or a wing hanging off the side. Too frustrating! ;)