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Freezer Lemon Cornish Hens

With busy work schedules, family responsibilities and hectic schedules, it can be hard to pull together a healthy meal every evening. Try this freezer recipe to make cooking dinner easy, while still being healthy.

Servings: 4


  • 2/3 cup bottled lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 frozen Cornish hens
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cooked rice


  1. Combine all ingredients except salt, pepper and hens in a bowl. Mix well with a whisk.
  2. Carefully pour mixture into a freezer bag and place in freezer.
  3. 4 to 5 nights before cooking, remove Cornish hens and your premade mixture from the freezer and place in a bowl in refrigerator to thaw. Make sure hens are completely thawed before cooking.
  4. Place thawed hens in a slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the hens.
  5. Cook for 8 to 10 hours on low (or 4 to 6 hours on high).
  6. Remove hens from the slow cooker and place in a pan.
  7. Place pan in a 400-degree preheated oven for a few minutes to allow the skin to brown.
  8. Serve ½ hen per person with cooking broth drizzled over rice. 
 Nutrition information per serving: 500 calories; 30 g fat; 28 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 2 g fiber; 310 mg sodium