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cover pic for Slow CookerInstant Pot Creole Cornish Hens (Paleo, Whole30)

Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Cornish Hens (Paleo, Whole30)

  • Author: Fit SlowCooker Queen
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 2 cornish hens (approximately 34 pounds total)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp Creole seasoning (see blog post for homemade blend)
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes or sweet potatoes, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced or chopped
  • 1 large onion, sliced or chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth (for pressure cooker)
  • 1 tbsp oil (for pressure cooker)


Slow Cooker

  1. Rub 1/4 cup Creole seasoning evenly all over the two Cornish hens.
  2. Add potatoes, bell pepper, celery, and onion to the slow cooker.  Season with 1 tablespoon of Creole seasoning. Nestle seasoned Cornish hens on top of the food.
  3. Cook HIGH 3-4 hours or LOW 5-6.

Electric Pressure Cooker

  1. Rub 1/4 cup Creole seasoning evenly all over the two Cornish hens.
  2. Turn on the pressure cooker and select sauté. Once hot add oil, bell peppers, onions, and celeryto the pot. Cook 2-5 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
  3. Pour in broth or water and deglaze the bottom of the pressure cooker by scraping all the bits off with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add cornish hens. Add potatoes on top.
  5. Close lid and seal valve. Set high pressure for 19 minutes. Quick release the pressure.


Electric pressure cooker: to cook these Cornish hens from frozen add extra 4 minutes to the cook time.