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If you are looking for an fool proof way to cook your turkey, make Slow Cooker Bone-In Turkey Breast. It cooks moist, delicious and full of flavor.

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If you are in charge of making the Thanksgiving turkey this year make it in your crock pot. This juicy turkey breast cooks easily without brining.

The turkey breast drippings make the best turkey gravy and perfect served with mashed potatoes. All you need is simple herbs and spices to make the best and tender turkey breast.

Ingredients:

Ingredients needed for Slow Cooker Bone In Turkey Breast
  • Bone-In Turkey Breast Skin On
  • Large Onion, peeled and sliced
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • Dried Thyme Leaves
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Water (or turkey broth or chicken broth)

How to Cook Bone-In Turkey Breast in Slow Cooker:

  • Step 1 – Pat the (completely thawed) turkey breast all over with paper towels so it’s dry.
  • Step 2 – In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Add in black pepper, parsley, thyme and lemon zest. Stir well to form a paste.
  • Step 3 – Rub the paste all over the turkey breast. Being sure to rub some underneath the skin and directly onto the turkey meat. Just wiggle your fingers to loosen the skin from the meat and create a little pocket.
  • Step 4 – Put the cut onion slices in the bottom of the slow cooker. 
  • Step 5 – Place the turkey breast on top of the sliced onions in the slow cooker, with the breasts facing up.
  • Step 6 – Pour the water around the turkey.
  • Step 7 – Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until the turkey is cooked through. (Reminder: It should reach an internal temperature of 165.)
  • Step 8 – Remove the turkey breast to a cutting board and let rest for 10-15 minutes. Then the turkey is ready to slice, serve and enjoy!

How Long to Cook Turkey Breast in Slow Cooker:

Save oven space this holiday season and make this slow cooker turkey breast recipe. Cook times will vary but this turkey will cook in about 6 hours.

Make sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the turkey is cooked to 165 degrees.

Expert Tips:

  • Crispy Skin – If you would like to crisp up the skin. Place the turkey breast on a baking sheet. Then broil for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Prepare Turkey – Make sure to dry your thawed skin-on turkey breast before adding the seasoning. Do not place frozen turkey in the slow cooker.
  • Adding the Seasoning – Rub the seasoning all over the turkey breast and make sure to get underneath the skin. This helps the turkey to have the best flavor.
  • Meat Thermometer – Make sure to use a meat thermometer to check turkeys internal temperature.

Crockpot Turkey Breast Bone In Variations:

  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning that you use on your turkey breast. Season with Italian Seasoning, Poultry seasoning, or any seasoning you prefer.
  • Liquid – We used water in this recipe, but you can also add in chicken broth.
  • Turkey – You can make this recipe with a bone-in turkey or boneless turkey breast.
  • Leftover Turkey – Make sure to save your leftovers to make the best turkey sandwiches or turkey pot pie recipe.
Slice turkey breast on a plate with green beans and mashed potatoes

Suggestions for Side Dishes

  • CarrotsMake these glaze carrots for an easy side dish. The sweet flavor makes these carrots so delicious and easy to make.
  • Sweet Potato Casserole This casserole is a must for all our holiday meals. It is loaded with flavor and it has the best creamy texture.
  • Cranberry SauceCranberry sauce is so easy to make with just 3 ingredients. It is tangy, sweet and perfect for your holiday meal. Try it today for an easy side dish.
  • Green Beans Oven Roasted Green Beans make the best side dish in minutes and only require a few simple ingredients. Serve it with baked chicken or fish for a delicious dinner.

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also place your leftovers in a freezer bag to last up to 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to cook turkey in a slow cooker?

Most slow cookers cannot accommodate a large turkey. However, it is safe to cook a smaller turkey in the crock pot.

Is a bone in turkey breast better than a boneless turkey breast?

Both Bone-in and boneless turkey breasts can be juicy and delicious. However, the bone-in turkey breast tends to delivery juicier turkey because the bone in the breast insulates the nearby meat during cooking, causing it to heat slower and retain moisture.

More Easy Turkey Recipes:

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Slow Cooker Bone-in Turkey Breast

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If you are looking for an fool proof way to cook your turkey, make Slow Cooker Bone-In Turkey Breast. It cooks moist, delicious and flavorful
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Let Rest 15 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 35 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 667

Ingredients

  • 9 lb Bone-In Turkey Breast Skin On
  • 1 Large Onion peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tablespoon OIive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme Leaves
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 cup water or turkey broth or chicken broth

Instructions

  • Pat the (completely thawed) turkey breast all over with paper towels so it’s dry.
  • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, parsley, thyme and lemon zest. Stir well to form a paste.
  • Rub the paste all over the turkey breast, being sure to rub some underneath the skin and directly onto the turkey meat (just wiggle your fingers to loosen the skin from the meat and create a little pocket).
  • Put the cut onion slices in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Place the turkey breast on top of the sliced onions in the slow cooker, with the breasts facing up.
  • Pour the water around the turkey.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until the turkey is cooked through. (Reminder: It should reach an internal temperature of 165.)
  • Remove the turkey breast to a cutting board and let rest for 10-15 minutes. Then the turkey is ready to slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you would like to crisp up the skin, place the turkey breast on a baking sheet and broil for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 667kcal, Carbohydrates 6g, Protein 101g, Fat 29g, Saturated Fat 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 272mg, Sodium 1215mg, Potassium 30mg, Fiber 0.4g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 136IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 6mg, Iron 0.2mg

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  1. What about for a smaller turkey breast? what would the cooking time be per pound or for example a 5lb turkey breast?

  2. For a slow cooker, it wouldn’t be a per pound. I would still cook it on low the same amount of time.