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How to cook a Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker

Here are some simple tips and directions on How to cook a Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker. With the holidays approaching here is a great alternative to making your turkey in the oven. You can cook it in your crockpot!

With the holidays approaching here is a great alternative to making your turkey in the oven you can cook it in your crockpot!

Yes you can make your turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas in your slow cooker which means you save time and room in your oven. There are many different recipes for spices to use, but you can use what ever you want. I typically season my turkey breast as I would roasting a large turkey in the oven.

How to cook a Turkey Breast:

The first step is picking out a turkey breast that is 5-7 lbs., but you must keep in mind how big your slow cooker is. I used a 6 QT Oblong Crockpot and usually get around a 6 lb. bone-in turkey breast.

I place my turkey breast on a plate and let it thaw in the fridge for a few days. I like to make sure the turkey breast is completely thawed (or use fresh) before I cook it.

When I am ready to cook the turkey, I clean it well and remove any gravy packets or turkey parts that may be placed in it. I leave the skin on my turkey breast, but you can remove yours if you like.

Place the turkey breast in the slow cooker, add 1/2 cup water and then season with 1 TBSP thyme, rosemary, sage and parsley. I prefer to rub real butter both on top of the skin and under the skin and then rub my spices all over.

Next place the lid on and let your turkey breast cook 8 hours on low. Then remove and let is sit for 10 minutes to allow Turkey to rest. At this point some people like to place the turkey breast in the oven under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp or brown the skin. I do not do this but some of my friends have and say it’s wonderful.

Carve and serve with your favorite trimmings!

I love making my Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker because I do not have to do any work and it helps take the stress away when cooking on the holidays. Be sure to try making your turkey this way for Thanksgiving and Christmas – you will not be disappointed!

Check out this slow cooker conversion chart as it helps to figure out if you are adjusting the time.

How to cook a Turkey Breast in Slow Cooker

Here are some simple tips and directions on How to cook a Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker. With the holidays approaching here is a great alternative to making your turkey in the oven.
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Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:8 hrs

Equipment

  • 1 Crock pot

Ingredients

  • 1 whole turkey breast (bone in or boneless)
  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

Instructions

  • I place my turkey breast on a plate and let it thaw in the fridge for a few days. Make sure the turkey breast is completely thawed (or use fresh) before cooking it.
  • When I am ready to cook the turkey, I clean it well and remove any gravy packets or turkey parts that may be placed in it. I leave the skin on my turkey breast, but you can remove yours if you like. I think it adds flavor to cook with it on.
  • I prefer to rub real butter both on top of the skin and under the skin and then rub my spices all over. I soften my butter and add the spices to the butter before I rub it on. I like to season with 1 TBSP thyme, rosemary, sage, and parsley.
  • Place the turkey breast in the slow cooker, add 1/2 cup water. Next place the lid on and let your turkey breast cook 8 hours on low.
  • Then remove and let it sit for 10-20minutes to allow turkey breast to rest. Be sure to “tent” the turkey or lightly cover it with foil while it rests. At this point some people like to place the turkey breast in the oven under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp or brown the skin. I do this and it gives it a great flavor.
  • Carve and serve with your favorite side dishes.

Notes

The first step is picking out a turkey breast that is 5-7 lbs., but you must keep in mind how big your slow cooker is. I used a 6 QT oblong Crockpot and usually get around a 6 lb. bone-in turkey breast.
Servings: 10 people
Author: Shelley King
Cost: $20

I hope this helps you know how to cook a turkey breast in the slow cooker.

With the holidays approaching here is a great alternative to making your turkey in the oven you can cook it in your crockpot!

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32 Comments

  1. The turkey breast I purchased weighs in at a whopping 9 pounds – I think it will fit in my giant crock pot, but how much more time would I add to the 8 hours?

  2. I tried this twice, at Thanksgiving with a 7 lb breast, and at Christmas with an 8 lb breast and stuffing. The Thanksgiving breast was ready way sooner than 8 hours, and was surprisingly dry by the time we ate it! So at Christmas, I decided to cook it on am”bed” of stuffing. The stuffing was delicious, and the breast was not dry, but the extra lb & the stuffing (and we suspect the breast was not as defrosted as we thought) led to a much longer cooking period – probably 10 hours in all. We did not eat it that night because it wasn’t ready with the rest of the meal! I will be trying this one more time before I discard the method. There would be a lot of pluses to having it cook in the crock pot, but so far, we have not had 100% success.

  3. I used this method to make my first Thanksgiving turkey ever this past year! So good! When I told my grandma I cooked my turkey in the crockpot, she wanted the method for her Christmas turkey and my Papa said it was great as well!

    Oh, and I found this via Pinterest btw. Great recipe!

  4. My crockpot came with a metal rack for chicken. Do you put the turkey on the metal rack in the crackpot or do you put it directly in the water?

  5. Thanks for the recipe. I think I’ll try it this year. If I were to put it under the broiler, should place the turkey on a sheet pan? I have the removable crock in my slow cooker but I don’t know if it’s safe to put it under the broiler.

  6. I have been cooking turkey breasts in crockpots for decades, both for holidays and for delicious dinners. I have never added any water to the crockpot and I have never had a dry turkey breast. I have also cooked frozen turkey breasts – putting them in the night before so they have longer to cook.

  7. Hello. I cooked an 8 pound bone in turkey breast using this method for the very first time yesterday for Thanksgiving. I set my slow cooker on low and let it cook for 8 hours, then I put the breast under the broiler for several minutes to crisp the skin and make it look “prettier”. It came out absolutely perfect. I even got a comment about how juicy the meat was. I’m very glad I came across your recipe, I will definitely be making it again in the future. 🙂

  8. I made this for Thanksgiving this year and my husband stated that it was the best turkey he has ever had and it was incredibly tender!

  9. I made the crockpot turkey breast today. OMG it was perfect. I rubbed butter all over then added my poultry seasonings. For the liquid, I found a small carton of Nature’s Promise organic chicken culinary stock. It also contains all organic onion, carrot, celery, and turmeric. I will definitely do this again next year. I’m sharing this with my daughters.
    Thank you for this amazing recipe.
    (I found this on Pinterest)

  10. I make a recipe like this. I put a lemon halved as well as an onion, quartered on the bottom of the slow cooker. Thyme and rosemary sprigs scattered on the turkey adds wonderful flavor. I have heard of people putting the turkey breast side down so the bone is on top but I have not tried it. I love turkey this way!

  11. This is the only way I cook turkey anymore. The only thing I do differently, is that I use a can of chicken broth instead of water because it makes a richer gravy.

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