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Easy Crock Pot Turkey Breast

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Perfectly seasoned with butter, herbs, onions, and garlic, this juicy, tender turkey breast is easy to make in the slow cooker. Crock Pot Turkey Breast is the perfect recipe when you don’t want to make a whole turkey, and no oven space is needed!

Perfectly cooked tender turkey breast made in the crock pot is sliced and ready to serve for the holidays.

Thanksgiving is a traditionally busy day for cooks, with many recipes and lots of dishes. That’s how it is at my house. I love all that comes with preparing a big, special meal, but at the same time, I also like to use a few shortcuts that allow me to enjoy the process.

That’s where this Crock Pot Turkey Breast recipe comes in. It is my new number-one way to prepare a holiday must-make recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe…

  • Cooking a turkey breast is terrific if you are hosting a small gathering, have folks who just like white meat, or want to make turkey sandwiches.
  • The turkey is cooked low and slow, making it tender, juicy, and full of savory flavors from the butter, garlic, and herb seasoning.
  • This hands-off cooking method frees up time and valuable oven space.
  • You’ll have delicious turkey drippings in the Crock Pot to turn into gravy.
Carrots, celery, onions and garlic layered in the crock pot making a rack for turkey breast.

This slow cooker turkey breast recipe is super easy to master. You don’t need a fancy roasting pan because the cooking rack is made from veggies. I use carrots, celery, onion, and garlic placed in the bottom of the crock pot to rest on the turkey breast on.

Ingredients For Crock Pot Turkey Breast

  • Turkey Breast – thawed
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Dried Thyme
  • Dried Sage
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Onion

Scroll Down For Measurements And Instructions

For this recipe, you’ll need to use a large crock pot so that the turkey breasts easily fit inside. I use an 8-quart slow cooker for a whole bone-in turkey breast.

Turkey breast slather with butter flavored with garlic and onion powder, dried thyme, salt and pepper.

Before Cooking…

Make sure your turkey is fully thawed. Keep the turkey breast in its packaging and thaw it in the refrigerator. A good rule of thumb is to allow at least one day of thawing for every 4 lbs of turkey.

How Long Does It Take To Cook Turkey Breast In The Crock Pot?

Turkey breast made in the crock pot should always be cooked on LOW. Make sure to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature, which should read 165 degrees when done.

Weight

2 pound

3 pound

4-5 pound

6-7 pound

Time

3 hours

4 hours

5 – 5 ½ hours

5 ½ – 6 ½ hours

Whole turkey breast cooked in the crock pot is tender and juicy, then broil for a crispy skin that's perfect for any holiday.

Tips For Making The Best Crock Pot Turkey Breast

  • Lightly coat the crock pot with cooking spray before cooking.
  • Slightly melt butter in a small bowl, then add garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, sage, salt, and pepper. Mix everything, then slather on the turkey breast.
  • Place the turkey, BREAST SIDE DOWN in the crock pot.
  • There is no need to add chicken broth or other liquid to the slow cooker. The fat from the turkey and the butter will make the meat juicy all on its own.
  • Use the juices in the bottom of the crock pot to make gravy.
  • After the turkey is done, remove it from the crock pot and place it in a baking dish. Set the oven to broil. Place the turkey under the broiler to crisp up the skin for 5-6 minutes.
Juicy, tender turkey breast cooked in the crock pot, sliced and ready to serve for Thanksgiving.

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What To Serve With Juicy Turkey Breast

This turkey recipe is sure to be a hit on any holiday table, but it can easily be made any time of the year! It’s excellent for family dinners, with enough leftovers for turkey sandwiches. Crockpot turkey breast is also great to make during the spring and summer for potlucks and church socials.

Here are some of my favorite dishes to serve turkey:

Homemade grave made with dripping from a turkey breast cooked in the crock pot.

More Thanksgiving Classics

If you’re looking for more ideas to help you celebrate the season, I’ve got you covered. These easy to make, showstopping side dishes are destined to become family favorites in no time!

Juicy, tender turkey breast cooked in the crock pot, sliced and ready to serve for Thanksgiving.

Easy Crock Pot Turkey Breast

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours 30 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours 40 minutes

Servings: 10 servings

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Perfectly seasoned with butter, herbs, onions, and garlic, this juicy, tender turkey breast is easy to make in the slow cooker. Crock Pot Turkey Breast is the perfect recipe when you don’t want to make a whole turkey, and no oven space is needed!

Instructions

  • Lightly coat the crock pot with cooking spray. Place the carrots, celery, onion and garlic in the bottom of the pot.

  • Place the softened butter in a small bowl, then add garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, sage, salt, and pepper. Mix everything, then slather on the turkey breast. Place the turkey, BREAST SIDE DOWN in the crock pot.

  • Set the heat to LOW and the timer to 5 hours. At the end of cooking time, use an instant-read thermometer to test to ensure the turkey is done. It should read 165 degrees. Cook for an additional 30 minutes if needed.

  • After the turkey is done, remove it from the Crock Pot and place it in a baking dish. Set the oven to broil. Place the turkey under the broiler to crisp up the skin for 5-6 minutes.

  • Let the turkey rest for 15 minutes, then carve and place it on a serving platter. Serve with gravy.

Notes

For Leftovers:

  • Store any leftover turkey in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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