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Roasted Lemon Almond Cornish Hens

Slow Cooker Roasted Lemon Almond Cornish Hens

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 hours
  • Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker


Cornish hens are cooked in the slow cooker with lemon, thyme, and almonds for a tender, fall off the bone slow cooker meal.



  • 3 lemons
  • 2 Cornish hens, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 cloves garlic, minces and divided
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh thyme, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds, toasted and divided


  1. Slice one lemon; place 2 to 3 slices in the cavity of each hen. Place one teaspoon minced thyme and 1 clove of mince garlic in each cavity. Place hens in slow cooker.
  2. Juice 1 lemon; mix lemon juice, butter, remaining garlic and thyme, salt and pepper and drizzle over hens. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup almonds.
  3. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours (4 to 6 on high). If desired, baste hens with juices throughout the time.
  4. Arrange cooked hens on a serving platter. Serve with remaining lemon slices and garnish with remaining almonds.

Recipe Notes:

source: Rival Cooking