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Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast

Try this wonderfully flavored, easy-to-fix slow-cooker turkey breast when you're craving something delicious. It makes a great holiday dish for smaller families, too. —Maria Juco, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (6 to 7 pounds), skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Brush turkey with oil. Combine the garlic, seasoned salt, paprika, Italian seasoning and pepper; rub over turkey. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker; add water. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until tender.
    Lemon-Garlic Turkey Breast: Combine 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley, 8 minced garlic cloves, 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest, 2 teaspoons salt-free lemon-pepper seasoning and 1-1/2 teaspoons salt; rub over turkey breast. Add water and cook as directed.

Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast Tips

How many people does a turkey breast serve?

A 6-7lb. turkey breast will feed 5-6 people, making it a great meal choice for small gatherings. To find out how much turkey to serve per person, use this simple formula: Number of guests x 1.25. So six guests will need a 7.5lb. turkey. If you're serving a large crowd, cut down on the cook time by purchasing two turkeys.

How long does it take a turkey breast to thaw?

If your breast came frozen, give it time to thaw. Every 4 pounds of frozen turkey will need 24 hours of thawing time before it's ready to cook. The best (and safest) way to thaw turkey is to place it in its original packaging in the refrigerator on a tray for the allotted time. A 7lb. turkey will need just under two full days (42 hours) to thaw. For more tips, check out our guide for how to cook a turkey.

What can I serve with turkey breast?

Try serving mashed potatoes, dinner rolls or a side of green beans with this turkey dish (if it's Thanksgiving, whip up one of these Thanksgiving sides!).

How can I use up leftover turkey breast?

Extra turkey is perfect for sandwiches and soups—but these delicious leftover turkey recipes raise the bar for what you can do with leftovers.

Can I slow cook a turkey overnight?

As this slow-cooker turkey recipe takes about 5-6 hours to cook, we recommend cooking it during the daytime.

Can I slow cook a skin-on turkey breast?

Yes, you can slow cook a skin-on turkey breast. It's truly a matter of personal preference. If you do cook with the skin on, we recommend crisping up the skin afterward by broiling it for a couple of minutes. Keep an eye on it, though, so it doesn't overcook the turkey.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked turkey: 173 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat.

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  • Maroushka
    Dec 30, 2020

    My Family loves this turkey breast recipe and is a monthly go to for sure and the turkey turns out moist everytime!

  • Sandy
    Dec 25, 2020

    My go to recipe ever since a friend told me about crockpot turkey. One addition, chopped onion & celery together with melted butter and poured over turkey. Outstanding.

  • Terri
    Dec 18, 2020

    Constance Nov 27, how was your skin crispy in the crock pot?

  • MarineMom_texas
    Nov 27, 2020

    I prepared this recipe for Thanksgiving and we will have it again. Delicious! I had a 5 ½ pound turkey breast that cooked for 5 hours on low and was perfectly done. The only slight change I made was to sub garlic powder for dry minced garlic and use chicken broth instead of water. The turkey was excellent and I will use this recipe from now on. Volunteer Field Editor

  • Constance
    Nov 27, 2020

    Thank you for posting this recipe, not only did you make it easy to follow, it is sublime! I wasted many dinners and precious energy roasting turkeys that ended up dry, tasteless. I made YOUR recipe today for tonight's feast and it came together, quickly, easily, and the Turkey was moist on the inside and the skin was tasty and crispy outside. And for the first time ever, my gravy even earned an honorable mentioned(I used the crock-pot juices, plus gravy packet from good ole Butterball,then a little cornstarch -- tad-ha! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving wherever you are and whatever you did--your recipe surely made mine special. Thanks, amen.

  • Joe
    Nov 24, 2020

    Made this two weeks ago to try it. It's amazing, can't wait until Thanksgiving to cook it again!

  • Tina
    Nov 20, 2020

    I love the idea of using the crock pot but is there a good way to know when the breast is tender? Thank you!

  • misscoffeepot
    Jun 22, 2020

    Awesome- cooked to perfection. It was great for taking to a pot luck. Very very moist. (I did brine the bird the eve before)

  • enastali
    Jan 5, 2020

    Best slow cooker turkey I've made. My only substitution was chicken broth instead of water. Turkey was delicious, moist and juicy!

  • Robert
    Dec 12, 2019

    Awesome recipe! I cooked our Turkey Breast during Thanksgiving family gathering. It was amazing! The meat fell right of the breast bone with excellent flavor. Thanks for sharing!