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Instant Pot Cornish Hen Recipe: Simple & Savory

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Cornish hen recipe is my go-to for a quick, flavorful meal. I love how the Instant Pot locks in all the juicy goodness. It's simple, delicious, and always impresses!

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Alright, folks! Here's something that's truly close to my heart. This instant pot Cornish hen recipe is one I've perfected over the years. It's simple, quick, but oh-so-flavorful! Seasoned hens, perched on a trivet, pressure cooked to perfection. Smoky paprika, aromatic garlic - these aren't just ingredients, they're ticket to flavor town. And guess what? Your instant pot does all the heavy lifting. Trust me, you're gonna want to try this one.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Cornish Hen

  • Cornish hens: Tender and flavorful poultry that cooks quickly, perfect for individual servings and rich in taste.
  • Olive oil: Adds moisture and richness to the cornish hens, enhancing the overall flavor and helping to achieve a crispy skin.
  • Garlic powder: Infuses the cornish hens with a savory and aromatic flavor, elevating the taste profile of the dish.
  • Paprika: Provides a subtle smokiness and vibrant color to the cornish hens, enhancing the visual appeal and taste.
  • Chicken broth: Adds depth of flavor and moisture to the dish, creating a delicious sauce while keeping the cornish hens tender.

Essential Tools for Making Cornish Hen in the Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the Cornish hens quickly and efficiently.
  • Trivet: Elevates the hens above the liquid to prevent them from boiling and ensures even cooking.
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Instant Pot Cornish Hen Recipe: Simple & Savory

This Instant Pot Cornish Hen Recipe is simple and savory, perfect for a quick and delicious meal. The Cornish hens are seasoned with a blend of spices and cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 450 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Trivet

Ingredients
  

Main Ingredients

  • 2 Cornish hens
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Instructions
 

  • Rub the Cornish hens with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  • Pour chicken broth into the Instant Pot.
  • Place a trivet in the Instant Pot and arrange the seasoned Cornish hens on top.
  • Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.
  • Allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.
  • Remove the Cornish hens from the Instant Pot and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

This recipe is perfect for a quick and delicious meal. The Cornish hens are cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot, making them juicy and flavorful.

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcalProtein: 30gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 180mgSodium: 800mgPotassium: 400mgVitamin A: 200IUCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Cornish Hen, Instant Pot, Savory
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Tips for Prepping and Storing Cornish Hen

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Season the cornish hens as directed in the recipe.
  • Place the seasoned cornish hens in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before cooking.

Freezing Instructions

  • Season the cornish hens as directed in the recipe.
  • Place the seasoned cornish hens in a freezer-safe bag or container, removing as much air as possible.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking according to the recipe instructions.

Cornish hens are not a specific breed of chicken but rather a small variety of broiler chicken, typically weighing between 1-2 pounds when butchered.

Common Questions About Cooking Cornish Hen in the Instant Pot

FAQ:
1. Can I use frozen cornish hens for this recipe?
It's best to use thawed cornish hens for even cooking results.
2. How can I add more flavor to the cornish hens?
You can add herbs like rosemary or thyme to enhance the flavor.
3. Is it necessary to use a trivet in the instant pot?
Using a trivet helps elevate the cornish hens above the liquid for better cooking.
4. Can I substitute chicken broth with water?
Chicken broth adds more flavor, but you can use water as a substitute.
5. How do I know when the cornish hens are cooked through?
Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) for safe consumption.

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