In the past, I’ve made myself all sorts of different foods for Thanksgiving. I’ve done Turkey meatballs, St. Tropez Chicken… basically any kind of poultry I was in the mood for. Since Turkey was never really my favorite, I was never so into preparing something to match up so neatly with what everyone else was eating. This year was different. From the first day in November I was CRAVING a nice roasted piece of turkey… or rather poultry.
I decided then and there, this year would be a basic ‘roasted’ little chiky (as my sister and I call it)… AKA Cornish Game Hen. For me, Cornish Game Hens are one of the few types of poultry sold at my local kosher grocery under the hashgacha I eat. This made getting ahold of the bird… or should I say birds… (they are pretty small so I buy them in 2 packs) pretty easy. If you don’t have Cornish Game Hens, this recipe would go great with a whole regular sized chicken too. This recipe was so easy I was was able to set up my little crock pot and basically forget about it until dinner time. In the meantime I went on a hike with my extended family, played card games, even learned how to play “Settler’s of Catan…”
- 2 Cornish Game Hens- Frozen or Defrosted… either way
- 1/2 bottle of beer- I used Blue Moon
- Poultry seasoning (I made my own with a bit of salt, paprika, oregano, and rosemary…no real measurements- as my dad would call it, I used the “shitalach method” meaning a bit of this and a bit of that… no idea if we are saying that right…)
- Prepared roasted vegetables of your choice… I did sweet potato, green beans, and brussel sprouts.
- Set up your crock pot an place your 2 cornish game hens inside. Add half a beer and try to coat the chickys with the beer.
- Rub the chickys with the seasoning mix. *Careful on the salt here… since kosher meat is soaked and salted, it already has salt flavor and doesn’t need much more*
- Turn your crock pot on high for about 4-6 hours until the cornish game hens are cooked through. At this point you can turn off your crock pot if its still too early for your meal. Just be sure to turn it back on a good 1-2 hours before you want to eat so everything will be nice and hot.
- About 1-2 hours before you are going to eat, add your prepared roasted vegetables. I roasted them in my oven at home and brought them in a ziplock that I could add to the chicken. I did it this way because I really wanted each of the vegetables to maintain their individual tastes and textures. By cooking them before and only adding them toward the end, my crock pot meal didn’t become another form of cholent… not that there is anything wrong with cholent… 🙂
Check out my little cornish game chickys all cooked and ready for some veggies!
Now if you end up with leftovers… let me tell you, my Leftover Thanksgiving Chicky Tacos were OUTSTANDING in my very humble opinion.