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Slow Cooker Game Bird Recipe

Slow Cooker Game Bird Recipe

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Preparation time: 30 minutes
Slow Cooker Size 5L+
Serves: 4
Cooking time: 6 hours on LOW setting
Added 26 Nov 2012

If you are a hunter of wild game birds and are looking for a great new way to prepare your birds, this slow cooker recipe will help you. It is generic in the sense that it will suit a wide variety of game birds – large or small, but it is far from generic in flavour. Using a slow cooker for your game birds is an excellent way to tenderise an older and tougher wild game bird. You can use the recipe ‘as is’ or as a launching page for your own ideas.


  • 1.4 kg game bird, cut into pieces or 1.4 kg of smaller birds in parts (3lb)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup of chopped yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon of poultry seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup (250ml, 8fl oz) of chicken broth, bouillon or homemade stock
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • ½ (125ml, 4fl oz) cup of sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 cup of cream, half and half or milk


  1. Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves. Peel and chop the yellow onions. Heat a large heavy frying pan to medium high and add the olive oil (use more if needed). Add the chopped garlic and the chopped onions to the frying pan and sauté them until they are limp but not browned or caramelised.
  2. Remove the garlic and the onions from the frying pan leaving behind the oil and set them aside. Add the pieces of game bird to the frying pan and add a little more oil if needed and lightly brown the pieces on all sides. Do them in batches if you don’t have enough room.
  3. While the game bird pieces are browning, start the covered slow cooker on low heat. Once the pieces are browned, place them in the slow cooker. Pour the chicken stock, broth or bouillon over the bird and add the garlic and onions, the thyme and poultry seasoning, the salt and pepper to taste, and the honey. If you like cooking wine or sherry now is a good time to add a splash or two. Mix everything around well then sprinkle the rosemary over the top.
  4. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low heat for about 6 hours. Remove the lid and add the sour cream to the mixture and stir it around. Replace the lid and cook on low for another hour. Poke the game birds while your adding the sour cream. If they seem tough, you can add more cooking time or increase the heat to high.
  5. In a blender or shaker, combine the cream, half and half or milk and the flour. Make sure the mixture is smooth. Remove the lid from the slow cooker again and pour the mixture in and stir around. Replace the lid and cook for another hour.

    Serve the slow cooker game birds over or with rice or stuffing.

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