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This is easy crockpot turkey breast It’s juicy and tender and requires almost no prep time! It’s perfect for small holiday gatherings or a leftover dinner!

Summary

  1. Ingredients needed:
  2. How to make crockpot turkey breast
  3. Boneless vs Bone
  4. Frequently Asked Questions about Crockpot Turkey Breast
  5. Tips and Notes
  6. service tips
  7. Turkey Leftover Recipes
  8. Crockpot Turkey Breast Recipe

This Crockpot Turkey Breast is one of my favorite turkey recipes. It only takes a few minutes to prepare, slathered in flavorful garlic butter, and slowly cooked until tender and juicy!

The juices left by the turkey turn into the most amazing gravy that can be finished in a few minutes on the stove top or in the crock pot. This delicious meal is perfect for the holidays or a weeknight!

If you’re looking to cook a whole turkey in the crock pot, check out my Garlic Butter Crockpot Turkey!

We love serving them with garlic mashed potatoes, honey glazed carrots, bacon green beans, and garlic bread.

Ingredients needed:

  • Turkey: I use boneless turkey breast, but the bone will work too.
  • Unsalted butter: soften the butter first so you can easily spread it all over the turkey.
  • Condiments: we’re seasoning the turkey with a simple mixture of garlic powder, Italian seasoning, seasoning salt, and black pepper.

for the sauce

  • Cooking liquid: save the cooking liquid from the pot after the turkey is cooked. Serve as a base for the sauce.
  • Broth: you can use chicken, turkey or vegetable broth depending on your preference. I like to use low sodium broth so I can control the saltiness.
  • Cornstarch: mix with broth to help thicken sauce.
  • Condiments: a simple combination of dried parsley, dried thyme, and black pepper gives the sauce the perfect flavor.

How to make crockpot turkey breast

This slow cooker turkey breast recipe takes only 10 minutes to make!

  1. Season the turkey: Place the turkey breast in the crock pot. In a bowl, mix the butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Give the whole turkey a good rub.
  2. Cooked: Cover the crock pot and simmer for 5 hours, then remove and let the turkey rest for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer to make sure it’s done right! It should be 165 degrees F.
  3. Prepare the sauce: Strain the crock pot juices through a strainer into a pot. Whisk together the broth and cornstarch, then mix in the juices. Cook until thick, then add seasonings to taste.
  4. Cut and serve: Slice the turkey breast, then place it in the crock pot to keep warm or serve immediately with the sauce.

Combine the ingredients for the garlic butter. Spread garlic butter over turkey breast. Cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Strain the juices to make the sauce.

Boneless vs Bone

I prefer to use boneless turkey breast for this crockpot recipe, but each has its pros and cons. Feel free to go the way you want. The recipe shouldn’t change!

boneless

Boneless turkey breast is a great option because it cooks faster and is easier to slice and serve. However, it is hard to find boneless, even during the holiday season.

I typically use a boneless turkey breast roast, which comes in a shredded wrapper and is generally rounded compared to regular boneless turkey breast. A brisket is made with peacock breast meat and is not precooked, so you will simply proceed with the recipe as directed.

With bone

T-bone turkey breast tends to be juicier. Having skin helps you get a better texture and flavor. Also, if you like your skin crispy, you can place it under the grill for a few minutes for that perfect combination of juicy and crisp.

If the weight of the turkey breast is the same as the recipe calls for, there is no need to change the cooking time.

Any additional weight will take longer to cook.

Frequently Asked Questions about Crockpot Turkey Breast

Is it safe to cook turkey in a slow cooker?

Totally! We recommend that you use only fresh or thawed turkey. Fully frozen turkey will not work because it will sit too long at an unsafe temperature in the crock pot.

How long do you cook boneless turkey breast in a crock pot?

You will cook the boneless turkey breast for just 5 hours over low heat in the crock pot. To check for doneness, use a meat thermometer. It must be 165ºF!

How much turkey per person?

If you’re cooking a boneless turkey breast, you can plan on about ½ pound per person. However, if you want leftovers, maybe aim for ¾ pound per person.

How to store:

Leftover turkey breast without sauce will last in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. The sauce will last in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. To enjoy leftovers, thaw the turkey overnight in the refrigerator if it’s frozen, then reheat it in the oven or microwave. Heat up a dollop of sauce to serve, then dig in!

Tips and Notes

  • Use it fresh or thaw it first. If you have fresh turkey, great. If you have frozen it, plan ahead and thaw it for a couple of days in the fridge before cooking.
  • Check the temperature. The core temperature of the turkey should be 165ºF. Use a meat thermometer to double check before serving!
  • Let him rest. When the turkey is cooked, drain it and let it rest on a cutting board for 10-15 minutes. This gives the flavor and moisture time to settle into the meat for a juicier texture.
  • Save the juices! Do not pour cooking liquid into the pan after cooking. You will use it as a base for the sauce.
  • Make some extra garlic butter. It’s great with turkey, but also delicious with roasted vegetables, roasted potatoes, chicken, or French toast.

service tips

These Crockpot Turkey Breasts are super versatile, so feel free to pair them with any side dish you’d like. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese Recipe
  • Instant Pot Mashed Potato Recipe
  • Mashed Potatoes Prepared With Cheese
  • Instant Pot Garlic Herb Potatoes
  • Potatoes and carrots au gratin with garlic parmesan recipe
  • Slow Cooker Honey Orange Glazed Carrots

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  • 3-3.5 lb boneless turkey breast
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian dressing
  • 1 teaspoon salt for seasoning (I use Lawry’s)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

for the sauce

  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken, turkey, or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • Place the turkey breast (fully thawed, if frozen) in a 2.5-4 quart pot. If you are using a turkey breast roast, be sure to leave the mesh in place.
  • In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Rub the turkey breast all over, on both sides (make sure to get it under and over the skin if your turkey breast has skin on it).
  • Cover and simmer for 5 hours or until the core temperature of the turkey reaches at least 165 degrees F.
  • Transfer to a cutting board and let sit for 10-15 minutes while the sauce begins.
  • To prepare the sauce, strain the crock pot juices through a fine mesh strainer into a medium pot.
  • Whisk together chicken broth and cornstarch. Whisk in the turkey juices.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thickened. Taste and add the recommended seasonings (parsley, thyme and pepper) or adapt the seasonings to your liking.
  • Thinly slice the turkey breast and return it to the hot crock pot to serve later, or serve immediately with the sauce.

Calories: 237cal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 651mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 211 IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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