Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is perfect as Thanksgiving dinner for two or serves as an easy meal prep idea.
Crock pot turkey breast is easy and delicious! If you are planning a small holiday meal, looking to meal prep for the week, or are just trying to eat more white meat, this recipe is what you’ve been looking for.
TURKEY BREAST RECIPE
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast might just be the best recipe idea you’ll come across this week. Let’s face it: quality time with the family sounds much more appealing than hours of cooking every night. Rejoice!
Take this bone-in turkey breast, for example. It took me no more than five minutes to throw everything together, walk away, and come home to the most amazing smelling kitchen. Similar to a slow cooker chicken breast but with your favorite Thanksgiving vibe!
Don’t let the bone intimidate you. The bones and everything that comes along with them are what will make the most tender, juicy, and flavorful turkey possible.
Everyone knows that the most delicious broths come about because of the goodness in the bones. Cook your turkey slowly for the best taste and tenderness.
How to cook a crockpot turkey breast:
The one thing that surprises everyone the most about this recipe is that you don’t add any liquid.
- This recipe starts by placing a large, thick sliced onion in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- You’ll then place the turkey breast on top of the onion. I sprinkle a bunch of herbs on top of the turkey and then drizzle some olive oil on top.
- It’s important that you stick a good meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. Then, just close the lid and cook on low for 4-5 hours. The time will depend on how long it takes for your turkey breast to get to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
There will be liquid in the crockpot and you can use it to make turkey gravy!
How long to cook a turkey breast:
- The time it takes to cook a turkey breast completely depends on the size of the breast, whether it is bone-in or boneless, your cooking temperature, and your method of cooking, so it is impossible to tell you a standard time of how long to cook a turkey breast.
- If you roast a bone in turkey breast in the oven at a high temperature, you can count on it taking about 2 hours. Using the low setting in the slow cooker, you can plan on it taking about 4-5 hours. If you’re using your electric pressure cooker, or Instant Pot, you can count on it taking about 30 minutes using high pressure.
- The only way to know when a turkey breast is completely cooked is to check the turkey’s temperature. The turkey is done when it reaches 165°F in the thickest part of the breast meat.
- It is always best to loosely tent your turkey breast after cooking and allow it to rest for at least 15 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.
Kitchen tools used to make this Slow Cooker Turkey Breast:
- Slow Cooker (aka Crockpot): Either every house already has one that they love, or they have one but could use a newer version. Which one are you? And seriously, how did busy families ever get by without a Crockpot?
- Cutting Board: These are my go-to cutting boards. They are super easy to clean, never hold a smell (onion transferred to apple is gross), and because they are so thin, they are really easy to store.
- Knives: There is nothing more frustrating than having to use a poor quality knife. I’ve been using this set for years. I found it to be affordable yet incredibly durable and versatile. Whether you’re
- Digital thermometer: I consider this a kitchen-must have. Whether I’m cooking meat or candy, I always use this thermometers. Gone are the days when I trust recommended cooking times or my sense of smell. I depend 100% on the internal temperature.
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
- 1 large yellow onion sliced thick
- 1 double breasted bone-in turkey breast
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Place onion in the bottom of your slow cooker.
- Rinse clean the turkey breast and place on top of the onion, breast side up. Top breast meat with paprika, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Drizzle olive oil over the top.
- Insert meat thermometer into thickest part of breast.
- Cover with lid and set the slow cooker to low for 4-5 hours. Continue to cook on low until internal temperature reads 165 degrees F.
This post was originally created in September 2015 and was most recently updated in September 2019.
As popular as this crock pot turkey breast recipe is as an easy meal prep idea, it is even more popular as a “Thanksgiving dinner for two” idea.
When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of too many people in my house and total chaos. But how many times are people not able to join their big families for the Thanksgiving holiday?
Tons of circumstances have people all over the country needing recipes for a perfect Thanksgiving dinner for two, and this slow cooker turkey breast is just the right amount and will still provide leftover turkey that can be used for those easy meal prep ideas!
Leftover turkey recipe ideas:
Moms everywhere can save time with easy meal prep ideas and using things like leftover turkey creatively.
- Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Soup – this is one of my most favorite soup recipes because it’s creamy and incredibly delicious. I purposely demand that there be leftover turkey just so I can make this soup. Whether you make an entire turkey for Thanksgiving dinner or you make this slow cooker turkey breast as an easy meal prep idea, you’ll have the makings of a fantastic soup.
- Warm Turkey Sliders – slow cooker recipes go with fall just as much as game day recipes, and any leftover crock pot turkey breast is fantastic in these warm sandwiches.
- Leftover Turkey Salad – similar to everyone’s favorite chicken salad, but the turkey breast and a few extra goodies turn it into a fall classic.
- Homemade Chicken Pot Pie (but with turkey meat instead of chicken) – because nothing says yum like pure savory comfort food wrapped in an all butter crust. You might want to make a slow cooker turkey breast just so you have a reason to make a pot pie!
- Perfect Cobb Salad – I crave this salad. It is definitely one of my favorite meals and a fantastic way to use leftover turkey.