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Crockpot Rosemary Orange Cornish Game Hen Chicken

If someone asked me what would be the one thing I couldn’t live without, better yet, the one appliance I couldn’t live without, it would be my Ninja Cooking System. The reason is simply because I could cook EVERYTHING in it. Including this delicious Rosemary Orange Cornish Game Hen Chicken.

Yes, the title is a mouthful but it’s so is this dish. It’s easy to put together and great for individual meals or you can cook many up at the same time and each family member can have their own! I should also mention there is one ingredient you might be a bit surprised by!

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What is Needed to Make Crockpot Rosemary Orange Cornish Game Hen Chicken:

  • Crockpot (again I used my Ninja cooking system which works just like a crockpot)
  • Cornish Game Hen Chicken (you can find these at your local grocery store)
  • 8 oz. V-8 Pineapple Strawberry Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons Oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Rosemary
  • 2 Fresh Oranges, Sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Note: I used dried versions of the herbs but you can use fresh as well. The ingredients above were enough to make 3 game hen chickens at once.

How to Make Crockpot Rosemary Orange Cornish Game Hen Chicken:

Preheat your crockpot. If you plan to start cooking it earlier in the day, preheat it on low. If you plan to eat sooner, place on high.

Removing the plastic from the outside of the chicken and place the chicken onto a cutting board.cornish game hen chicken step1

Rub some olive oil on the outside of the chicken. You can massage this into the skin. It helps give a nice flavoring and allows the seasoning to stick to it.cornish game hen chicken step2

Place the salt and pepper on the outside of the chicken ensuring it sticks to the olive oil. cornish game hen chicken step4

In a bowl, mix the V-8 Pineapple Strawberry Juice, parsley, oregano, rosemary, and honey. Mix until it’s well blended. I want to mention that the juice is the surprise ingredient. You wouldn’t think something like that would be so good with chicken but it totally is!cornish game hen chicken step3

Stick the chicken inside the crockpot and pour the juice mixture inside. You don’t need to worry about the chicken being covered entirely by the chicken because the steam from the crockpot will help give it’s flavoring and make it juicy.

Next slice up the fresh oranges and place the orange slices on top of the chickens and on the sides (inside the juice mixture is fine). I really think it gives it some extra citrusy taste. cornish game hen chicken step5

Cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6. You need to reach an internal temperature of 180 degrees to ensure it’s thoroughly cooked. I highly recommend using a food thermometer to check and ensure it’s cooked to the correct temperature.

Tip: The crockpot does not get the top of the chicken a nice golden brown so if that is what you want to achieve, remove the chicken from the crockpot and place into the oven on broil for about 8 minutes. It will give the skin a nice toasting on the top.

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That’s it! You will now have a delicious chicken perfect for 1! You can make several of these at a time. I am sure they will be a huge hit with your family!

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Oh yum!

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Tuesday 31st of December 2019

Thank you for sharing this! I've made this a few times now, and it's become a go-to for special occasions like Christmas and New Years. It makes things a LOT easier, and when you tell people you're making Cornish game hens, they're always impressed. :)


Tuesday 31st of December 2019

Oh yay I am so glad this has been a go-to for you! Thank you for sharing!!

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Thursday 22nd of November 2018

Thanks for the recipe I used what I had so I used grapefruit instead of orange added some onions and apples and used pineapple cranberry juice turned out so flavorful! Thanks for the inspiration ?

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Liz Latham

Friday 29th of January 2016

My husband has been begging me to find or make a solid recipe for cornish game hen. He loves them and grew up eating them. Gorgeous! Thanks for linking up at delicious dishes recipe party!