Frozen Cornish Hen Instant Pot Recipe

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Hey all!

I hope everyone’s week is going well. I am sure everyone is having a hard time finding everything they need at the grocery store. I went to Walmart Sunday night, and as most of the meat, shelves were bare. I was able to snag Cornish hen though.

The other frozen meat options were duck, breakfast meat items, shrimp and seafood. I personally am not a huge fan of seafood so I was on the lookout for chicken and/or beef.

I like Cornish hen because I don’t have much (if any) excess meat leftover.

Don’t get me wrong I am all for leftovers! But it is nice to make a meal where it is the exact amount of food we need.

Cornish hen is great if you are trying to be a bit more health-conscious as it has left fat and fewer calories than Chicken.

Also, Cornish hen has more white meat, which means it has less saturated fat.

This little bird is nutritious as it is high in protein, and it contains Niacin, which is a form of Vitamin B3. Niacin helps lower cholesterol and can boost brain function.

We got an Instant Pot as a wedding gift, and I am getting more and more comfortable using it. Cooking food in the Instant Pot is great as it allows me to walk away and get other projects done.

I want to share with you a healthy, hearty dinner menu for two, that can be made in a jiffy.

It also is a budget friendly meal-under $15! (2 Cornish hens @$3.98; 1 onion @ $1.29; bag of carrots @ $1.09; bunch of celery @ $1.49; lettuce @$2.74=$14.57) Technically the cost to make this meal is even less since only a fraction of the vegetables are used.


2 Frozen Cornish hens without giblets

2 Celery stalks

1/2 Red onion

2 Carrots

1/3 cup water

2 Tablespoons *Avocado oil *or olive oil

2 tsp Rosemary

Salt and pepper to taste

Romaine lettuce for a side

Dice celery, onion. and carrots. Add the diced veggies to your Instant Pot and place 1/3 cup water and turn on the Saute feature. Saute for a few minutes before adding the Cornish hen.

Place the trivet inside the Instant Pot. Add the two frozen cornish hens on top of the trivet. Add a tablespoon of avocado oil, or oil of choice onto each hen, and sprinkle rosemary, salt, and pepper.

Turn Instant Pot onto high pressure and set the timer for 25 minutes. Leave the pressure release valve on sealing.

While the hens are cooking, turn the oven on to 400 degrees. Cut romaine lettuce in half and drizzle avocado oil, again or oil of choice on and add pepper. Bake for 15 minutes, and flip over for another 15 minutes. The hens should be done by now and releasing steam.

The romaine lettuce should have some wilted leaves as well as a nice crunch.


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