Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Using your slow cooker for your turkey breast is the way to go  So easy and flavorful and doesn’t take up oven space.slow cooker turkey breast

Turkey day is almost here!  Are you ready?  Are you in charge of the turkey?

There are always a couple of issues when it comes to cooking a turkey.  For those of us not lucky enough to have two ovens in their kitchen, oven space is a big problem.  I do have a separate roaster oven that I often use for my turkey but I’ve got another option for you today – your slow cooker!

Obviously you won’t be able to fit a full size turkey in your slow cooker but for those of you with a reduced sized family a turkey breast may be just the right size.  That’s the second issues I have with turkey – a whole turkey makes a lot of turkey if  you don’t have a lot of people!  We all love leftover turkey but I don’t like having to eat it for two weeks afterwards so a turkey breast is perfect.  I bought a large turkey breast – almost too big.  It barely fit in my slow cooker!
Slow Cooker turkey

Since my turkey breast was so big I placed the carrots, celery and onions around the sides of the turkey instead of on the bottom.  I added 1/4 C water but the turkey made plenty of liquid/gravy so I probably didn’t need it. I know someone is going to ask me how big it was and I saved the tag so I could tell you, but then I lost it!  I am thinking it was close to 5  to 6 lbs.

I used one package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix to season the turkey.  I loosened the skin of the turkey and rubbed half of the dry mix under the skin and then sprinkled the rest on top.  I also added in a couple tablespoons of butter.  I was worried that the soup mix might make the gravy too salty but it didn’t.  I think putting half of it under the skin helped.  I didn’t have to season the gravy at all – it was perfect!

slow cooker turkey breastThe other thing I like about a turkey breast vs a whole turkey is a turkey breast is all white meat!  We are white meat lovers at our house.

slow cooker turkey breast

The thing I loved most about cooking it in the slow cooker is that the turkey was so moist!  No dried out turkey!!

slow cooker turkey breast

So if you are short on oven space,  like white meat and have a reduced size family, cooking a turkey breast may just be perfect for your holiday.

slow cooker turkey breastCheck out my favorite slow cooker here.

For other Thanksgiving goodness:

Cornbread Sausage Dressing

Crescent Rolls

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
Recipe type: Main Dish
  • 5-6 lb. bone in turkey breast
  • 2-3 carrots, cut into 3 inch pieces,
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 3 inch pieces
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • ¼ C water
  1. Place cut up vegetables and water in bottom of crock pot.
  2. Put in turkey.
  3. Place half of soup mix under the skin of the turkey (loosen with fingers)
  4. Sprinkle remaining soup mix over the top of the turkey
  5. Add butter
  6. Cook on high for one hour and then low for 7 hours.

slow cooker turkey breast is the easiest way to cook a turkey!  So moist and flavorful!



Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. jae says

    you can do these frozen as well…just cover with aluminum foil then set the lid on it and cook all night on high…its amazing!!

  2. Crystal says

    We discovered turkey breast last year for Thanksgiving and loved it. It was perfect for our family of four. I baked it in one of those bags, but I love the idea of putting it in the slow cooker. Thanks for sharing the great recipe!!

    • Crystal says

      I tried your crockpot turkey breast recipe yesterday and it was a HUGE hit!! My family loved it!! Best thing was that it freed up my oven for other things. Thanks so much!!

  3. Nancy says

    Thanks for your friendly way of instructing us on how to cook this main dish. I appreciate your personal touches. My turkey breast is cooking as I write this.


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