Creole seasoning is used on cornish hens in this simple slow cooker meal for two. This one-pot meal recipe is healthy (whole30/paleo) and flavorful too.
I LOVE cornish hens because they’re perfect for a party of two. Most nights it’s just my husband and me for dinner.
For the seasoning, the creole spice blend I used is pretty much Emeril’s essence creole seasoning blend. I used the same ingredients but modified the amounts. His original recipe is on his website. This seasoning mix is great on meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables. It’s so versatile. You can mix together the spice blend together first or add each spice to the slow cooker one-by-one. I like to mix them all together. I actually keep a big batch of this in my pantry.
I made this a one-pot meal by adding sweet potatoes (combo of orange and white) and green beans. You can get creative and use your preferred vegetables.
Toss the seasoning over all the food. I didn’t use any liquid. What you see in the pics is all natural juices. I understand that might make some people uncomfortable so go ahead and add 1/2 cup of low-sodium broth or water if you want. It certainly won’t hurt!Print
- 2 cornish hens
- 1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled & diced
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1 lb green beans
Creole spice blend:
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Add potatoes, green beans, and onion to the slow cooker.
- Place cornish hens on top.
- Sprinkle spice blend on all the food in the slow cooker.
- Cook HIGH 3-4 hours or LOW 5-6.
An optional step is to broil the cornish hens when they’re done cooking to crisp up the skin. I used a 6-quart slow cooker for this recipe.
Don’t be surprised if your cornish hens fall apart when you take them out the slow cooker. The meat will be very tender. If it’s not, you didn’t cook them long enough.