Crockpot Turkey Breast

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Make Thanksgiving Easy this year with this Crockpot Turkey Breast Recipe. It is so easy to make and the turkey turns out moist and full of flavor!

crockpot turkey breast on a white serving platter

Easy Crockpot Turkey Breast Recipe

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays simply because you get to make an amazing table full of food and spend time with the ones you love.

With that being said, every year, we try to figure out ways to make preparing Thanksgiving dinner for our family, easier. After all, cooking for a large crowd is a lot of work.

That is why we got ahead of the game this year and came up with a way to prepare a Thanksgiving Turkey in the Crockpot.

This crockpot turkey recipe will help you make a tender turkey breast with great flavor in record time. It makes for an easy clean up and is a great recipe to try for any holiday season. Plus, it saves oven space at Thanksgiving. Win-win!

Want another Turkey recipe? Try our Bacon Wrapped Turkey recipe.

sliced crockpot turkey breast on large white serving platter

What You Need to Make A Crockpot Turkey Breast

  • Boneless Turkey Breast – 3 to 4 pounds
  • Oranges
  • Cranberries
  • Coarse Ground Garlic Salt
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Seasoned Pepper
  • Coarse Ground Garlic Powder
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Meat Thermometer

How many servings does this recipe make?

This slow cooker turkey breast recipe will make 5-6 servings. If you have a large crockpot, you can certainly increase the size of the turkey breast (adjust cooking times accordingly). You can also make several of these in different Crockpots at one time for more servings.

What temperature should turkey breasts be cooked to?

According to Butterball, turkey breasts should reach an internal temperature of 170°F using a meat thermometer at the thick, center part of the meat.

gravy being poured onto crockpot turkey breast on a serving platter

How long does it take to slow cook a 3 pound turkey breast?

For this recipe we are using a 3-4 pound turkey breast. It takes approximately 3-4 hours on high or up to 7 hours on low to fully cook a turkey breast in a crockpot (cooking time may vary on crockpots and whether you use boneless or bone-in turkey breast). The best way to ensure the turkey is done, is to use a meat thermometer and ensure it is measuring 170 degrees.

How do I get crispy skin?

If you want crispy skin, you can stick the turkey breast in an oven-safe dish and place it on a “low broil” for a few minutes. Keep an eye on it and remove as soon as the turkey skin begins to crisp. You want to avoid broiling too long or your turkey will turn out dry.

How do I store leftover turkey?

Leftover turkey can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days after making.

What do I serve with turkey breast meat?

You can serve turkey breast meat with any traditional Thanksgiving sides such as homemade mashed potatoes, green beans, turkey gravy, rolls, green bean casserole or any of your favorite side dishes.

turkey gravy poured over turkey breast

How to Make A Crockpot Turkey Breast

Turn your Crock Pot to the Highest Setting, and with the lid on, let it warm up for at least 30 minutes.

Remove the outer wrapping from the Turkey Breast, and rinse the Turkey Breast under cool water.  Pat dry with Paper towels. (I place the washed Turkey Breast in a large bowl, and pat dry before placing in Crock Pot).  Note: Since Turkey is Poultry, you’ll need to make sure you wash your hands well, after handling, and disinfect your kitchen sink, counters, the bowl etc., anything the raw Turkey touched. 

raw turkey breast in crockpot

When the Turkey is dry, and the Crock Pot is heated, place the Turkey in the Crock Pot, and sprinkle with the Coarse Ground Garlic Salt, Seasoned Salt, Seasoned Pepper, and Garlic Powder. 

hand sprinkling garlic powder over turkey breast inside crockpot

Place the lid on the Crock Pot, and cook on high for about 2 – 3 hours. 

Turn the Crock Pot to low, and using a ladle, ladle the juices from the Turkey, over the breast. 

Let cook for another 2 hours. 

Slice the Oranges in 1/3 inch slices and place in the Crock Pot. 

Rinse the Cranberries, and place in the Crock Pot. 

Slice the Butter in thin slices, and place around the Crock Pot. 

Sprinkle with the Brown Sugar, all around the Crock Pot, on top of the Fruit. 

Place the lid back on the Crock Pot, and cook another 2 – 3 hours.

oranges and cranberries arranged around turkey breast in crockpot

Insert a Poultry Thermometer into the thickest part of the Breast, and make sure it reads ‘DONE’, or 170 degrees, internal temperature.  

Turn the Crock Pot to ‘KEEP WARM’ until time to serve. 

To serve, place the Turkey on a Platter or serving Plate, and slice in one inch slices. 

crockpot turkey breast sliced on large serving platter

Place the Oranges and Cranberries around the plate, and garnish with stems of Fresh Rosemary. 

Serve with Gravy, and your favorite side dishes.  Enjoy!

Crockpot Turkey Breast

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Brittanie
Make Thanksgiving Easy this year with this Crockpot Turkey Breast Recipe. It is so easy to make and the turkey turns out moist and full of flavor!
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 50 minutes
Servings 5 -6 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Boneless Turkey Breast – 3 to 4 pounds
  • 2 large sweet Oranges
  • 1 package of Cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon of Coarse Ground Garlic Salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Seasoned Salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Seasoned Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Coarse Ground Garlic Powder
  • ½ stick – 4 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
  • 1 package of Fresh Rosemary to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Turn your Crock Pot to the Highest Setting, and with the lid on, let it warm up for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove the outer wrapping from the Turkey Breast, and rinse the Turkey Breast under cool water.  Pat dry with Paper towels. (I place the washed Turkey Breast in a large bowl, and pat dry before placing in Crock Pot).  Note: Since Turkey is Poultry, you'll need to make sure you wash your hands well, after handling, and disinfect your kitchen sink, counters, the bowl etc., anything the raw Turkey touched. 
  • When the Turkey is dry, and the Crock Pot is heated, place the Turkey in the Crock Pot, and sprinkle with the Coarse Ground Garlic Salt, Seasoned Salt, Seasoned Pepper, and Garlic Powder. 
  • Place the lid on the Crock Pot, and cook on high for about 2 – 3 hours. 
  • Turn the Crock Pot to low, and using a ladle, ladle the juices from the Turkey, over the breast. 
  • Let cook for another 2 hours. 
  • Slice the Oranges in 1/3 inch slices and place in the Crock Pot. 
  • Rinse the Cranberries, and place in the Crock Pot. 
  • Slice the Butter in thin slices, and place around the Crock Pot. 
  • Sprinkle with the Brown Sugar, all around the Crock Pot, on top of the Fruit. 
  • Place the lid back on the Crock Pot, and cook another 2 – 3 hours.
  • Insert a Poultry Thermometer into the thickest part of the Breast, and make sure it reads 'DONE', or 170 degrees, internal temperature.  
  • Turn the Crock Pot to 'KEEP WARM' until time to serve. 
  • To serve, place the Turkey on a Platter or serving Plate, and slice in one inch slices. 
  • Place the Oranges and Cranberries around the plate, and garnish with stems of Fresh Rosemary. 
  • Serve with Gravy, and your favorite side dishes.  Enjoy!

Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.

Course Easy Recipes
Cuisine American
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2 Comments

  1. As per frozen Butterball Breast’s instructions, for baking, we are not to thaw. Would that be the same when using your recipe in the slow cooker? Thank you.

    1. Hi Marj, if the instructions on your frozen Butterball breast say to not thaw, then follow those directions and then you can proceed with this recipe. Just ensure the internal temperature is measuring 170 degrees when finished cooking.

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