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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is flavorful and so delicious while being super easy. Once you try it, you will be hooked on this amazing but effortless meal.

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Family dinner is so much easier thanks to this super easy crockpot turkey breast boneless recipe. This Crockpot Turkey Breast Recipe saves oven space during the Holidays or special dinners.

Slow Cooking Recipes makes holiday dinners so much easier. If you love making your holiday meats in the crockpot, then you like these recipes. Check out – Easy Crock Pot Spiral Ham or Crock Pot Roast Recipe.

What Size Turkey Breast should I get?

Generally, it’s best to plan approximately ½ a pound per person that you will be serving for boneless turkey breast. For example if you are going to have 6 people at your dinner, you would need a 3 lb turkey breast.

I used a 6 pound turkey breast for this recipe but you can make whatever size you need and just adjust the other ingredients as needed.

Boneless turkey breast in crock pot cooks perfectly the the crispy skin.


ingredients for turkey: butter, seasoning, turkey breast

For the Turkey:

  • Boneless Skinless Turkey Breasts – You can also use a bone-in turkey breast for this recipe.
  • Onion
  • Butter
  • Minced Garlic (or you can use garlic powder)
  • Paprika
  • Dried Thyme Leaves
  • Salt and Pepper

For the Gravy:

  • Juices from the Crock Pot
  • Chicken Broth – Chicken Stock would work as well.
  • Cornstarch
  • Cold Water

Scroll to the bottom of the post for the recipe card, to see the full recipe and ingredients.

Substitution and Addition Ideas:

  • Change Turkey – You can use either a boneless or bone in turkey breast for this recipe.
  • Add Vegetables – We used the onion to keep the turkey breast off the bottom of the crock pot. This keeps it from burning but any vegetables that you love would work great. Carrots or potatoes would be delicious.
  • Oil – You can use half the amount of butter and the other half of olive oil. This helps to reduce the fat content if you prefer.
  • Seasoning – For the seasonings, you can use any fresh herbs that you love. I love the thyme in this recipe, but rosemary or basil would also be delicious in this easy crock pot recipe.

How to Cook Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker:

  • Step 1 – Melt the butter in the microwave. After the you melt butter, combine it with the garlic, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
  • Step 2 – Put the sliced onions on the bottom of the slow cooker. I used a 6 quart crock pot for our turkey. You might also want to use crockpot liners to make cleanup a breeze.
  • Step 3 – Once the onions are in, put the turkey breast on top.
  • Step 4 – Pour the butter mixture over all of the ingredients in the crock pot to cover skin on turkey.
turkey, onions and seasoning in crock pot ready to cook
  • Step 5 – Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2.5 to 3 hours. The turkey breast needs to have an internal temperature of 165 degrees. The cook time will vary based on your slow cooker.
  • Step 6 – Once the turkey has finished cooking, take it out of the crock pot. Allow the turkey to rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.

How Do You Know When Cooked:

It is best to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the turkey breast to ensure that it’s cooked. You will want the internal temperature of the turkey to reach 165 degrees.

You do not want to overcook the turkey or it will be dry. I start checking the turkey breast after 6 hours on low and then continue cooking if needed.

How to Make Turkey Gravy:

  • Remove 1 cup of the drippings from the crock pot and put in a small saucepan. Add the chicken broth and heat the mixture over medium heat until it boils slightly.
  • Get a small bowl out to combine the cornstarch and water together. Heat the mixture and whisk for about 3 to 4 minutes. Keep stirring until the sauce starts to thicken and it is the consistency you prefer.

The turkey should be ready to slice now. After you slice it, place the turkey on a platter and drizzle gravy over it. See How to Make Turkey Gravy for more tips.

How Much Turkey Breast Per Person?

Here’s a guide for how much turkey you will need per person:

  • Boneless turkey breast: estimate around ½ lb per person
  • Bone-in turkey breast: estimate about 1 lb per person
sliced turkey with gravy on a platter

How Long to Thaw a Turkey Breast

If you want to thaw a frozen turkey breast in the fridge. Tou will want a minimum thawing time of 6 hours per pound of turkey.

If you need a faster thaw time. You can thaw your frozen turkey in a bowl of cold water with the wrapped breast fully submerged. You will need at least 30 minutes per pound of turkey for the thawing time.

What to Serve with Slow Cooker Turkey Breast:

I have several crock pots and I love to make the side dishes in them while the turkey is in my large slow cooker. It sure makes for a really easy meal.

sliced turkey with gravy being drizzled on it

Leftover Crock pot Turkey Breast Recipe Ideas

One thing I do often around here is cook once and eat twice. I am a huge fan of taking leftovers and turning them into something new and fabulous. Try one of these leftover turkey recipes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

I love having leftover turkey breast. Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5 days.

Can Leftovers be Placed in the Freezer?

You can also freeze the leftover turkey in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 3 months.

How to Carve Turkey Breast:

Once the turkey breast is cooked through you will want to allow it to rest for 15 minutes to keep the juices in the meat.
Since you do not have to cut the turkey off the bone, carving a boneless turkey breast is actually very easy. Just simply slice the turkey breast across the fibers to get the most tender turkey.

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Crockpot turkey breast

4.94 from 75 votes
Crockpot turkey breast is flavorful and so delicious while being super easy. Once you try it, you will be hooked on this amazing meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 686



  • Combine the butter, garlic, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
  • Place the sliced onions at the bottom of a 6 quart crock pot. Place the turkey breast on top.
  • Pour the butter mixture over the top of the ingredients in the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2.5-3 hours until the turkey breast reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Remove the turkey breast from the crock pot and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Transfer 1 cup of the sauce from the crock pot to a small saucepan and stir in the chicken broth.
  • Heat over medium high heat until the mixture starts to boil slightly.
  • Combine the cornstarch and water together in a small bowl. Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan and heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens to the consistency that you prefer.
  • Slice the turkey and serve with the gravy drizzled over the top and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can also use a bone-in turkey breast for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 686kcal, Carbohydrates 5g, Protein 136g, Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 398mg, Sodium 986mg, Potassium 108mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 416IU, Vitamin C 8mg, Calcium 124mg, Iron 8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Very good! Hubby loved it and said to be sure to keep this recipe! Next time I will double the spice recipe – it’s so good! Also, I’ll make the gravy as directed, and blend the leftover onions with the gravy.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely divine! I added half a bag of hash browns to the crockpot, and they turned out tasting like mashed potatoes!
    This is a five star recipe for sure!

  3. 5 stars
    This was a delicious recipe, my husband loved it. Fast and easy to prepare and all of the ingredients are items I always have on hand. I highly recommend it!