Cooking a Turkey Breast in a Slow Cooker (Crockpot)

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It is easy to cook a turkey breast in a crockpot. Your turkey breast will come out moist and full of flavor. This is a page about cooking a turkey breast in a slow cooker.
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This turkey is moist, tasty, and saves you from cleaning a dirty oven.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 5-7 hours

Total Time: 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 hours

Yield: 6-8 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cup low or no-salt chicken broth (otherwise it may be too salty)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6-8 lb bone-in, skin-on turkey breast
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • salt and pepper to taste

I have a slow-cooker with a removable liner that I can use on the stovetop. I used that instead of a skillet. I also chop my vegetables in no time with my 50-cent thrift-shop chopper!

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Steps:

  1. In a large, nonstick skillet melt the butter over medium heat. Add the vegetables that you chopped and cook for 8-10 minutes. The onion should be translucent and vegetables lightly browned.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the flour turns golden. Whisk in 1 cup of the broth, working to smooth out as many lumps as possible as the mixture thickens.
  3. Stir in remaining broth and water. Add the thyme and bay leaves.
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  5. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker. Season the turkey breast with salt and pepper. Place the turkey in the slow cooker, breast side down. Cover and cook on low 5-7 hours.
  6. When the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, transfer the turkey to a cutting board. Tent with foil to keep warm while you make the gravy.
  7. Strain the liquid in the slow cooker into a saucepan. Let it sit a few minutes and skim the fat off. Bring the gravy to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring often, until it thickens a little. It will not be as thick as traditional gravy, but you can thicken with cornstarch. Put cornstarch and cold water in a separate bowl and mix. Stir in to the gravy, and cook 2-3 minutes.
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  9. Taste gravy and add additional salt and pepper, if needed.
  10. Carve the turkey and serve with the gravy.
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On days when you're in a rush but still would like to come home to the welcoming aroma of a homecooked meal, you might want to try this. Put a frozen turkey breast in your slow cooker.

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Whenever turkey breasts are on sale for 99 cents a pound, I like this recipe. Spray the inside of your crockpot with Pam and place unwrapped breast in it. Then take a can of whole berry cranberry sauce and spread over the breast...

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November 20, 2016

Any good ideas for slow cooking a turkey breast?

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November 20, 20160 found this helpful

I just posted a recipe for slow cooked turkey breast with gravy in the recipe contest.

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December 5, 20160 found this helpful

Wash and dry turkey breast. Rub olive oil on turkey breast, season with salt, freshly cracked pepper. Place in slow cooker, add 2 small cloves garlic, 1 small onion and 1 carrot chopped roughly, 1/2 tsp. Rubbed sage, place vegetables around turkey breast, add 3/4 cup water and 1 Earl Grey tea bag.

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Allow to cook until tender ,approximately 3 hours. Remove turkey breast and vegetables. Make a gravy by adding 2 tablespoon butter in skillet, add 2-3 tbsp flour, whisk until smooth, add strained liquid from slow cooker, whisk until thick, test for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Pour into gravy boat and slice turkey breast and enjoy with gravy.

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December 5, 20160 found this helpful

Wash and dry turkey breast. Rub olive oil on turkey breast, season with salt, freshly cracked pepper. Place in slow cooker, add 2 small cloves garlic, 1 small onion and 1 carrot chopped roughly, 1/2 tsp. Rubbed sage, place vegetables around turkey breast, add 3/4 cup water and 1 Earl Grey tea bag. Allow to cook until tender ,approximately 3 hours. Remove turkey breast and vegetables. Make a gravy by adding 2 tablespoon butter in skillet, add 2-3 tbsp flour, whisk until smooth, add strained liquid from slow cooker, whisk until thick, test for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Pour into gravy boat and slice turkey breast and enjoy with gravy.

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November 19, 2017

It is best to defrost any meat before cooking it in a crockpot. This is a page about cooking frozen turkey in a crockpot.

Turkey in Crockpot

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February 24, 2009

This worked very well this year. We have family over and serve buffet style. Cook a whole turkey breast in a slow cooker ahead of time. In a separate slow cooker do thighs for your dark meat. Slice after it has rested. Keep warm in the oven until dinner time, arrange slices on a serving platter and serve. Not as much waste with bones as a whole turkey.
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No last minute rush when everything else is cooked and ready to dish up.

By Syd

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Slow Cooker Turkey Cooking

  • 1 frozen 5-6 lbs. turkey breast, UNthawed
  • 1 lb. can cranberry sauce
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
Put all ingredients into 5-6 quart crockpot, cover, and cook for 2 hours on high. Then reduce heat to low and continue cooking for 4-5 hours until turkey registers 180 degrees on instant meat thermometer. (11/19/2005)

By Mark

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