Slow Cooker Turkey Breast: the effortless recipe for tender, succulent turkey meat

Total time: 6H
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
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bone-in turkey breast, skin removed
1 of 6-7 pounds
Olive oil
1 tbsp
dried minced garlic
1 tsp
seasoned salt
1 tsp
1 tsp
Italian seasoning
1 tsp
1 tsp
1/2 cup

Whether you're making it for the holidays or just because, slow cooker turkey breast is a delicious, yet totally effortless meal you can make that looks as impressive as it tastes. This mouthwateringly tender slow cooker turkey breast isn't just for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

It's a phenomenal tasting, easy dish you can make during the week. Crockpot turkey is juicy, moist, and tender, and tastes phenomenal just like the roasted turkey bread. Serve it with a side of gravy, potatoes, and roasted vegetables.

You can choose to brine it for an ultra-succulent turkey, or simply season the meat and pop it in your slow cooker – the choice is yours! Whatever option you go for, your slow cooker turkey will come out perfectly.

Ingredients for Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker 

To make the perfect slow cooker turkey breast, you'll need a thawed bone-in turkey breast.

A little olive oil is essential for rubbing down the meat and holding the seasoning mix.

You can use any mixture of herbs and spices to season your turkey breast.

This recipe calls for seasoned salt like Lawry's, dried minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and paprika. Use whatever you prefer.

You'll also need some water to cover the turkey breast when it's slow cooking. This will help keep it tender and moist.

How to Make Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

It couldn't be any easier to make slow cooker turkey breast at home. All you need to do is take your thawed-out skinless turkey breast and rub it generously in olive oil. Combine all the spices and herbs in a small bowl, then rub the mixture into the turkey, making sure to coat it completely.

Place the turkey into a slow cooker breast side down. Add water, then secure the lid. Cook for 5 to 6 hours on low, or until the meat is tender. If you prefer to leave the skin on, make sure to broil the turkey for a few minutes to crisp it up once you've taken it out of the slow cooker.


How Long to Cook Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker

For a turkey breast that's around 6 to 7 pounds, you'll need to cook the meat for about 5 to 6 hours in the slow cooker on the low setting.

Turkey is ready to eat when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Use an instant-read meat thermometer to know when your turkey has finished cooking.

Tips for Moist Crockpot Turkey Breast

If you're using a frozen turkey, make sure to let it thaw out completely before cooking it. Thaw it in the fridge for about two days before cooking it.

You can cook the turkey with the skin on, however, you may want to crisp it up in your broiler for a few minutes once you take the turkey out of the crockpot.

For ultra-moist, succulent turkey meat, you can brine the turkey breast before cooking it. Brine it up to 18 hours.

You can add dry white wine or cranberry sauce to the slow cooker to infuse the turkey meat with more flavor.

A 6 to 7-pound turkey breast will feed approximately six people. This is why crockpot turkey breast is a favorite for smaller holiday gatherings.

You can use any type of seasonings as a rub for your turkey. Use your favorite seasonings to put a delicious spin on this simple crockpot turkey recipe.

What to Serve with Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

There are loads of tasty side dishes that go well with crockpot turkey.

Try serving it with mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries, cranberry sauce, roasted vegetables like Brussels sprouts, asparagus, or carrots, or some freshly baked dinner rolls.

Turkey meat is delicious with stuffing as well. Just don't forget a side of homemade gravy!


How to Use Leftover Turkey Breast

If you have leftover turkey breast, use it to make sandwiches, burritos, tacos, wraps, casseroles, mix it into scrambled eggs, or even as a substitute for chicken in soups.

How to Store Crockpot Turkey Breast

Once cooled, transfer any leftover turkey meat to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. Use within 4 days.

For longer storage, freeze your turkey meat for 3 to 6 months.


Rub the turkey breast in oil.

In a small bowl, whisk seasoned salt, garlic, paprika, Italian seasoning, and pepper to combine.

Rub the seasoning mix all over the turkey.

Place the turkey into a slow cooker. Add water, then secure the lid.

Cook for 5 to 6 hours on low, or until the meat is tender.

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