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Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast with Cranberry Gravy

I created this dish when I was craving Thanksgiving dinner, and it was still over a month away. You get all the bells and whistles of Thanksgiving dinner in no time, Add a vegetable, some mashed potatoes and you’re ready to eat. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 boneless skinless turkey breast halves (2 to 3 pounds each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Place turkey in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add thyme and dot with butter. Combine cranberry sauce, cider, stock, soup mix, syrup and Worcestershire; pour over turkey. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until a thermometer inserted in turkey reads at least 165°). Remove turkey and keep warm.
  • Transfer cooking juices to a large saucepan; discard thyme sprigs. Combine the flour and water until smooth. Bring cranberry mixture to a boil; gradually stir in flour mixture until smooth. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Slice turkey; serve with cranberry sauce.
Nutrition Facts
5 ounces cooked turkey with 1/3 cup sauce : 259 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 537mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 36g protein.

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  • ColGee
    Jan 10, 2021

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    Nov 23, 2018


  • BilliePock
    Nov 4, 2018

    OH!! How good is this!!! The only thing I did differently was use corn starch instead of flour. By accident I added the corn starch during cooking at the beginning but it turned out that I didn’t need to make the gravy separately. The down side is it makes the gravy a little lumpy. This is my fault though. I can’t wait to make sandwiches with this. I will be making it more than in the fall too.

  • Kymberly
    Oct 31, 2018

    Moist and tender with a sweet flavor thanks to the cranberry.