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Slow Cooker Stuffed Cornish Game Hens With Orange Sauce

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Rating: 5/5
10 reviews

ready in: over 5 hrs
serves/makes:   4

recipe id: 21806
cook method: crock pot
Stuffed Cornish Game Hens With Orange Sauce Recipe
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4 cornish game hens
8 ounces stuffing mix
1 cup chicken stock
1 large orange, cut up
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel


Rinse hens; sprinkle inside and out with salt and pepper. Prepare stuffing mix according to package directions. Spoon into hens and truss. Place neck ends down in crock pot. Combine remaining ingredients.

Baste hens with some of the sauce and pour remainder in pot. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours. Baste hens once or twice during cooking. Spoon sauce over hens at serving time.

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967 calories, 51 grams fat, 58 grams carbohydrates, 65 grams protein per serving.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating

Using stuffing mix made this crockpot recipe so easy to just "fix and forget". Note, 4 cornish game hens will fit only in the largest crock sizes. You could also do this in a roaster oven, just make sure to adjust for the loss of steam (baste more frequently and check the liquid levels). These did not have an overpowering orange flavor (which we were pleased about). We found them to be done in about 6 hours.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I cut this recipe in half because I have a smaller crock and 4 hens wouldn't fit in it (and I was only cooking for 2 but leftovers would have been fine). It turned out really good. I don't like the skin on poultry cooked in the oven so this made it really tender and moist and not that weird papery texture that you get with oven baked chicken and such. The stuffing was a bit moist but I'm more used to stuffing baked on the side, not in the bird, so maybe that's just me. I'll be making this again though.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made this recipe in July of 2010 and my picky husband LOVED it! I was surprised to hear this from someone who eats basic simple meals and dislikes too many ingredients mixed together. My mother came for dinner that evening and also raved about it! We all loved the aroma, flavor, and texture. Even my toddler liked it! Its a great family meal and doesn't break the bank to make. Also very easy to make too which is great for a mom on the go! I am making it again in January 2011 and hope it will turn out just as good. I'll be sure to let you know! place of oranges, I used 2 clementines (they're much sweeter) and since the peel is thin, I minced a bit and threw it in the mix! And we use Simply Orange for the O.J. (it seems to offer a more exquisite taste). Also for healthier option, we used olive oil in place of veg. oil.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is really good, very aromatic and delicate. I used the cornbread stuffing and it was really a good combo. Will make again for guests, thanks for sharing.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made this recipe for Thanksgiving. I only used three hens because of family size and I still had leftovers. It was easy to prepare and in about an half hour, I was off shopping. My family loved it and I loved that it was easier than cooking a turkey. I ended up making this recipe for Christmas also.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This was my first time with Cornish game hens. I chose this recipe over the others because I wanted something really different. This was one of the best meals I have ever prepared. The recipe is wonderful, the hens were moist, tender and delicious. A real keeper to do again.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This dish was absolutely delicious! My family, from my husband to my 4 year old, raved about it. The taste, the gravy, the texture were just wonderful. Will definitely make again. I literally put it together in 15 minutes before I left the house and my family had a healthy and very flavorful meal. I used two cornish hens, steamed rice and a side of veggies.

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