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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.
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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  • 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!

  • wesdy
    Dec 1, 2019

    Absolutely amazing. Super juicy and flavorful - even though I lost track of time and overcooked it by probably 20 degrees! I used about 3/4 cup of broth because I had it on hand, and ended up with just shy of 4 cups of "drippings" that made fantastic gravy. Everyone loved it, and I'll never make turkey breast another way.

  • Ymargretz
    Nov 29, 2019

    What an easy way to make Thanksgiving turkey (breast)! I did do a few things differently: places the turkey on large chunks of onion and carrots, used chicken stock instead of water, and leave the skin on, season the meat under and the skin. When the 8hrs in the slow cooker were done, I heated a non-stick pan to medium high heat and crisped up the skin. It looked beautiful! More than half the breast was gone by the end of the night - most of my guests devoured the delicious dark meat I braised in the stove. That left all my oven space open to heat up the sides and desserts! Would definitely do this again.

  • gunslinger
    Sep 29, 2019

    Used this on a wild turkey breast. It was tender and very tasty!

  • Debby
    Sep 8, 2019

    I have not tried this yet but can not wait to do so. I am surprised that you take the skin off. Can not wait to try it.

  • Peg
    Aug 1, 2019

    Made this for dinner yesterday. It was the best turkey we have ever had. Simple, moist and flavorful. Plan to fix several for Thanksgiving instead of one big turkey.

  • kathy
    Apr 20, 2019

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  • CydDelve
    Nov 24, 2018

    Perfect recipe---wouldn't change a thing! Made exactly as written (except shorter time in slow cooker as my turkey breast was on the small side) for Thanksgiving and it was a hit: moist, flavorful (as flavorful as turkey gets, but who cares when there's gravy??) and out of the way so I could use the oven all day for other stuff. Win!!