Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Why should we have to wait to enjoy Turkey on Thanksgiving? This Slow Cooker Turkey Breast takes all the work out of cooking a turkey and lets you enjoy it year round just by using your Slow Cooker. 

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One of the little tricks I learned last year was to cook an Oven Roasted Turkey Breast and have it for sandwiches. Now that process is even easier by using your Slow Cooker. I love my Slow Cooker, but honestly, I really need to use it more. It’s awesome to toss dinner in on a busy day, but have you thought about using it for the holidays?  You know Thanksgiving and Christmas are only a couple months away. Why not plan to add this Turkey Breast to your menu and cook it in the Slow Cooker, it will free up time and space in your oven.

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We started with a boneless Turkey Breast, but you could of course use whatever you like. To keep the turkey off the bottom of the Slow Cooker, to allow for the juices to flow and to cook evenly you can either use 3 balls of foil, or use a large onion, just clean the onion and roughly slice it into chunks. Then a little oil and a sprinkle of seasonings you probably already have in your cupboard, and into the Slow Cooker it goes. Let it cook on low for 3-4 hours for a 2-3 pound turkey breast. Slow and low is best.

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Then it’s time to enjoy! You can use it for sandwiches, to serve as a family dinner, or add all the Thanksgiving trimmings for a fantastic meal to remember.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
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  • 1 boneless turkey breast 2-3 pounds
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced dry onion
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  1. Thaw turkey breast completely in the fridge
  2. Prepare Slow Cooker by adding 3 balls of foil or a large onion to the bottom
  3. Combine all seasonings in a small bowl and mix well
  4. Coat turkey with olive oil and rub in the spice mixture
  5. Place in Slow Cooker on top of foil balls or onion
  6. Cook 3-4 hours or until internal temperature is 165-170 degrees
  7. Remove from Slow Cooker and cover with foil, allow to rest 20-30 minutes before slicing
You can also cook a larger turkey, just adjust your cooking time to 7-8 hours and test the internal temperature to make sure it's done.




  1. I have cooked a whole turkey in a slow cooker and it is wonderful so this would be too.

  2. What size slow cooker did you use?

  3. Is the crock pot set on high or low ?

    • Hi Amanda, I’ve always cooked the turkey breast on a low setting. If you need to cook it quickly you can cook it on high but I like to cook it slow.


  4. I have a 4 pound turkey breast—how long do you recommend cooking it for in the crock pot? Thanks!

    • Hi Maureen, for a turkey breast of that size I would recommend cooking it 4-5 hours. Always check with an instant read thermometer to make sure it’s done.


  5. No liquid?

    • Hi Meghan, no there is no liquid. By placing the turkey breast on the balls of foil, it allows the meat to cook on the bottom also and the juice comes from the turkey.

      • Yeah! It turned out really nicely!

        I only had 1/4 of an onion so I used baby carrots to keep the turkey off the bottom. An added tasty bonus.

  6. Do you save the veggies to eat or discard after cooking ?

    • Hi Barbara, the only veggie in this is the onion that is used if you don’t want to use foil balls. You can certainly eat it if you like.

  7. I made this for a small Thanksgiving turkey. It was PHENOMENAL. I also added a touch of kitchen bouquet browning seasoning to give it that golden color.

  8. prepping this now, excited to see how it turns out!

  9. Optimistic Smiith says

    Thank you for this recipe. Just put it in the cooker, waiting for goodness to unfold!

  10. Love this recipe. Easy and tasty. I buy Plainville brand turkey breast with a pop up timer!
    Always perfect.

  11. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Used it yesterday for Thanksgiving and the turkey breast was great–moist and perfectly cooked.. Will definitely be using this recipe again.

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