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Crock Pot Cornish Hens in Orange Sauce are an elegant and easy dinner for two perfect for the holidays.
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Crock Pot Cornish Hens in Orange Sauce

Crock Pot Cornish Hens in Orange Sauce are an elegant and easy dinner for two perfect for the holidays. Cornish Game Hens are cooked in your slow cooker with a buttery orange sauce that is reduced for the perfect sauce to finish off your poultry.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Entree
Servings: 2 -3
Author: Danielle Green

Ingredients

  • 2/3 c. chicken broth
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 4 oranges juiced
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1/4 c. butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Grand Marnier or orange liquor
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Cornish Game Hens

Instructions

  • Whisk the flour into the chicken broth and add to your 4-6 qt. slow cooker along with the orange juice, zest, butter, brown sugar and Grand Marnier and give it a quick whisk.
  • Pat the hens dry and place them on top of the sauce. Sprinkle the top of the hens with the garlic powder and salt.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until the internal temperature of the hens reaches 165°.
  • Removed the hens from the Crock Pot and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving. If you are wanting a crispy skin, place them under the broiler for 5 minutes or use a kitchen torch to crisp the skin.
  • Meanwhile, add all of the sauce and drippings to a sauce pan. Use and immersion blender to blend the sauce smooth. Cook for 15 minutes over medium-high heat or until thickened. Pour over the hens or serve on the side in a ramekin.