How to Cook a Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from thelittlekitchen.net

You know how much I love cooking in my slow cooker, from cooking a whole chicken in a slow cooker to a whole turkey, I’m so excited to share with you how to cook a turkey breast in a slow cooker today!

It’s really easy and it’s perfect for Thanksgiving or any holiday!

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I have a quick video for you to watch in this post and I know you’ll find it really helpful!

I mix all of the rub ingredients together first and then smash and peel the garlic. Cut up the vegetables and add them to the slow cooker. Pour the chicken broth on top.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from thelittlekitchen.net

Quarter the lemon.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from thelittlekitchen.net

Pat the turkey breast dry.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from thelittlekitchen.net

Rub the garlic all over the turkey breast.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from thelittlekitchen.net

Add the rub to the turkey.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from thelittlekitchen.net

And then I add the lemon to the opening in the turkey breast. I always use lemon when roasting a turkey or chicken. It keeps keep the meat moist and tender.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from thelittlekitchen.net

Put the turkey breast in the slow cooker on top of the veggies and chicken broth.

Cook on low for 3.5 to 5 hours. Remove the turkey breast from the slow cooker and place in a baking dish and broil for a few minutes to crisp up the skin.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from thelittlekitchen.net

I use the broth from the slow cooker to make a gravy in a skillet. I know you’ll love this!

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from thelittlekitchen.net

It’s a no fuss way of making a turkey breast in the slow cooker and makes it easy for your holiday get together!

My favorite tools for this recipe!
slow cooker
turkey lifters
baking dish (pictured above) or this one

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Recipe

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, ends cut off, cut into thirds
  • 2 celery stalks, ends cut off, cut into thirds
  • one 15-ounce can low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 to 5 pound turkey breast (with the bone-in)
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 1 lemon, quartered
Rub ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
Gravy
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Directions:

  1. Add the onion, carrots and celery and broth to the crockpot. Turn on low.
  2. Mix all of the rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Pat the turkey breast dry with paper towels. Rub smashed garlic on the skin. Add spice rub to turkey. Leftover spices put on top of vegetables.
  4. Add garlic and lemon to the inner cavity of the breast. Place the breast on top of the veggies.
  5. Cook on low for 3 1/2 to 5 hours, depending on the size of the breast. It should have an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees F.
  6. Remove the turkey breast using turkey lifters and place in a roasting pan or baking dish. Place in the oven on the broil setting to crisp up the skin, for about 3 to 4 minutes, watching carefully so it won’t burn.

Make the Gravy

  1. Strain the broth from the slow cooker (mine made about 1 1/3 cups)
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of butter to a sauce pan and melt. Add flour and mix well, allowing the flour to cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Slowly add the strained broth and mix, until desired consistency. Allow to simmer and thicken. Add water if needed to thin out the gravy (about 2 to 3 tablespoons).
  4. Add dried thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the turkey breast.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from thelittlekitchen.net

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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from thelittlekitchen.net