No Fuss Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
Want turkey for Thanksgiving, but you don’t want -that- much turkey? You can make a slow cooker turkey breast and enjoy Thanksgiving or Christmas a little simpler. This recipe is enough to fill your turkey craving without going holiday crazy with a meal. And if you have a smaller family like we do, it’s perfect for the holidays.
Want ham AND turkey, by making turkey breasts, you will get the best of both worlds and give yourself more room i the oven for other food. And you don’t have to wait until the holidays to enjoy turkey.
Do I Need To Brown The Turkey Before Putting Into The Slow Cooker?
The turkey does not need to be browned before putting in the slow cooker. If you brine your turkey, you would do that a day ahead before you want to cook the turkey.
The turkey would then be patted down and put into the slow cooker. We highly recommend an slow cooker liner in your crock pot for easy clean up after dinner.
Can I Add Vegetables To The Slow Cooker With The Turkey?
Yes. Vegetables can be added around the outside of the turkey. They vegetables should be cut in even size pieces so they cook at the same time. You can also put stuffing around the turkey breasts. You can do one side vegetables and one side stuffing too.
How Will I Know When The Turkey Is Done?
With a meat thermometer, check the turkey temperature to make sure the thickest part of the turkey is 165F. You can check several points around they turkey to make sure it is cooked.
- You can add another can of chicken broth before putting the stuffing in, to make gravy
- Slow cooker bags keep the mess to a minimum
- Make sure to remove anything from inside the turkey cavity
- Allowing the stuffing to sit a few minutes before combining, allows the liquid to be absorbed
- Serve a ham with your turkey with delicious ham gravy.
Slow Cooked Turkey Breast Dinner
- 1 thawed turkey breasts
- 1 15 oz can chicken broth (or canned)
- 1 bag stuffing
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon sage (optional)
- 1 small diced onion) or 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- You will want to cook with the largest crock pot you have (we prefer an oval so we can fit the stuffing),
- Place a liner in the slow cooker.
- Add 1 cup of water into the pot with the turkey.
- Take the thawed turkey breasts out of the package and place into the crock pot breast side down.
- Pat down the top and sides of the turkey. If desired, rub a little butter on the sides of the turkey and rub a teaspoon of rosemary on the skin of the turkey.
- In a large bowl, mix the stuffing with the butter, onion, sage and chicken broth. and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Once mixed, add the stuffing around the turkey breast in the slow cooker and place the cover on the crock pot.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours. The stuffing will settle down a bit once it has been cooking.
- The turkey is done when the temperature is at 165F.
- You can turn the crock pot onto warm and carve the turkey and serve dinner.