Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Moist and flavorful slow cooker turkey breast. An easy way to cook extra meat or save valuable oven space around the holidays!

Moist slow cooker turkey breast recipe from @bakedbyrachel

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Moist slow cooker turkey breast recipe from @bakedbyrachel

It’s turkey time!!

You already know, I’m totally obsessed with my slow cooker. I love using it year round, but like most, especially in the cooler months. Anything to make cooking easier and a slow cooker definitely does that!

So, why not cook the Thanksgiving turkey in the slow cooker?!

It works amazing! And there are SO many reasons to do it this way…

Easy hands off cooking and ready in just a few short hours! It’s a perfect way to cook extra white meat, when you’re serving a crowd. It’s also a great way to cook a small amount without heating up the oven or while saving the oven space for everything else!

The results… juicy and flavorful turkey breasts.

This easy slow cooker turkey is a must try!

Moist slow cooker turkey breast recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Moist and flavorful slow cooker turkey breast. An easy way to cook extra meat or save valuable oven space around the holidays!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time3 hours 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Thanksgiving, Turkey
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 : 6lb turkey breast fresh or fully thawed
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1 C chicken broth


  • Using a sharp knife, carefully remove skin from the turkey breast. Remove any pop-up timers. Place breast side down into a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Place the lid on top, testing to make sure it will fit. If necessary, return turkey to a large cutting board. Use sharp kitchen sheers to remove the back bone. Return to slow cooker. 
  • Slice carrots down the center lengthwise and again in half or into thirds. Slice celery into smaller pieces. Quarter the onion, reserving two sections. Break apart remaining two sections. Arrange celery, carrots and small onion sections around the turkey. Add reserved onion sections to the turkey cavity, along with softened butter. Additional celery and carrots may be added to the cavity as well. 
  • Sprinkle turkey breast well with oregano, salt and pepper. Add minced garlic. 
  • Pour chicken broth over turkey. 
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-3 1/2 hours or 6 hours on low. Turkey breast is done when temperature reaches 165°F. To check for temperature, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest portion of the breast meat, being careful to not touch the bones. 
  • Carefully remove turkey from slow cooker, discard vegetables. Transfer turkey to a large cutting board, breast side up. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Find and remove the wishbone. Find the center of the breast bone. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice one breast off, followed by the other. Breast meat should easily fall away from the bones. Transfer to a serving platter or slice and serve. 
  • Turkey bones may be reserved for soup or discarded.


Recipe serves roughly 4-6.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Moist slow cooker turkey breast recipe from @bakedbyrachel
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10 Responses to “Slow Cooker Turkey Breast”

  1. #
    Aimee Shugarman — November 14, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I love cooking turkey breast in the slow cooker. I actually add my stuffing in there too :) Mmmm, now I can’t wait for next week!

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      Rachel — November 15, 2016 at 6:57 am

      I’ll have to try it with the stuffing next time! :)

  2. #
    Cynthia | What A Girl Eats — November 14, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    That bird looks incredibly moist! I love how are you freeing up your oven for other dishes too!

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      Rachel — November 15, 2016 at 6:57 am

      Thanks Cynthia!

  3. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — November 14, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I’m obsessed with my slow Cooker too! Love cooking turkey in it. Your photos are beautiful and making me drool

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      Rachel — November 15, 2016 at 6:57 am

      Thanks Ashley!

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    Natasha @ Salt & Lavender — November 15, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I like this idea… easier than messing with the whole bird… and maybe I’m weird, but the fewer turkey leftovers there are, the happier I am! :P

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      Rachel — November 16, 2016 at 8:47 am

      I’m with you… I can only eat leftovers for so long!

  5. #
    Barbara West — November 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I used the juices and veggies to add to gravy. Put them in the blender and it is super great flavor that you can use and not dispose of.

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      Rachel — November 17, 2016 at 7:16 am

      Absolutely, if you plan on making extra gravy, that’s a great way to use them! :)

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