Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is the perfect way to get tender juicy turkey with a fraction of the prep, but all the flavor. Let the slow cooker do ALL the work!
Using the slow cooker for your turkey frees up the stove and oven for all the amazing sides. Combine this succulent Turkey with Roasted Autumn Vegetable Stuffing, Famous Mashed Potatoes, The Best Sweet Potato Casserole, The World’s Best Green Bean Casserole and some Parker House Rolls and you’ve got Thanksgiving, or any special occasion covered.
Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker
I always make my turkeys in the oven. Why have I never made them in the slow cooker before? I love my slow cooker! It took me a total of 5 minutes to throw this into the slow cooker. In just a few hours, I had the most delicious, moist, and tender turkey that I have ever had in my life!
I have always wanted to try making turkey in the slow cooker. This was the perfect opportunity! It was a smaller turkey and just right for our family. This was the most moist and tender turkey I have had. Which makes sense because it seals in the moisture and cooks in the juices all day. I couldn’t believe how delicious this turned out! And the sauce that it cooked in all day gave it the perfect flavor. This will not just be a seasonal meal made at our house. We will be making this year round!
Turkey Breast Ingredients
This will take 5 min to put together and then let the slow cooker do the rest. Super simple and tastes amazing!
- Turkey Breast: 5-6 pounds, make sure it fits in your slow cooker.
- Orange Juice: Adds a nice zing
- Whole Cranberry Sauce: Cranberries were made for turkey
- Onion Soup Mix: One of the best flavors you can add to anything
- Salt and Pepper: Add to taste
Making Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
Sometimes you just don’t want or need to cook an entire turkey. Maybe it’s just a smaller crowd this year, or maybe your family made the turkey this year but you still want leftovers. Slow cooker Turkey Breast is the perfect way to satisfy your turkey cravings, whatever they maybe.
- Prep: Either use a slow cooker liner or spray your cooker with cooking spray. Make sure your Turkey Breast is thawed and place inside.
- Mix: In a separate bowl mix the cranberry sauce, onion soup, orange juice together and pour over the top. Rub with salt and seasoned pepper.
- Cook: Cove and cook on low for about 8-9 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F. Remove and cover with foil and let it rest for at least 5-15 minute.
Tips for Tender Turkey Breast
I love the flavor this imparts, it’s perfect, but you can always use a few tips right?!
- Turkey: Can’t stress enough to make sure your turkey fits in the crock pot.
- Bone-In: Having a bone in and skin on turkey imparts more flavor and moisture into your turkey. You can remove the skin before carving.
- Rest: Allowing the turkey to rest before carving gives the juices time to distribute evenly through the meat. It sounds weird but it’s totally true. Let it rest before cutting.
- Veggies: You can add carrots, celery, onion chunked to the bottom of your slow cooker before you add the turkey if you’d like.
- Crisp it: If you want a classic crispy top, place under the broiler for 5-8 minutes, basting as necessary.
- How much to buy: Aim for buying ¾ of a pound of turkey per a person. If you want leftovers, plan on a 1lb per person.
- Thaw: Be sure to thoroughly thaw your turkey breast in the fridge for at least 24 hours. Do not thaw at room temperature.
- Gravy: Make gravy to go with it!
- Fridge: If you have any leftovers store them in the fridge in a tightly sealed container or even a freezer bag for up to 4-5 days.
- Freeze in a freezer safe container or bag for up to 3 months,
- Bone: Save and freeze the bone to throw in soup another time.
More Turkey Loving Recipes
- Leftover Turkey Casserole
- Turkey Stuffed Peppers
- Turkey Taco Stuffed Avocado
- Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
- Turkey Mediterranean Casserole
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
- 1 5 to 6 pound turkey breast make sure it will fit into your slow cooker
- salt and pepper (I used a garlic salt blend)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 14 ounce can whole cranberry sauce
- 1 package Onion Soup Mix
- salt and pepper to taste
- Line your slow cooker with a liner or spray with cooking spray. I like using a liner so that the clean up is easy. Place the thawed turkey into the crockpot and rub with some salt and seasoned pepper on the top.
- Mix together the cranberry sauce, onion soup mix, and orange juice. Pour over the top of the turkey. Sprinkle the top with salt and pepper. I love using the Lawry's coarse seasoned pepper.
- Cover and cook on low for about 8-9 hours or until your thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully remove your turkey and place it on a plate. Let it rest for 5 minutes before carving and enjoy!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
Hi there….Wondering if the juices left on the bottom of the crockpot can be used as a sauce or if it has done its job after cooking.
Thanks very much for posting!
Instead of using cranberry sce could you use a can of mangos or peaches I’m going to try with a can of mangos
This was AMAZING…maybe the best ever! Definitely one of the best turkey breast recipes I’ve ever used. I’m excited to make this year round. It’s so easy and insanely delicious and tender.
I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!!
Can I use this with the creole injection seasoning or would it throw off the taste completely?
It would definitely change the taste but it sounds delicious! Let me know if you try it and how it turns out.
I understand that you mix the soup, juice, and cranberry sauce to pour over the top. You also salt and pepper it. In the pictures of pouring over the top there is some kind of spice or herb already on the turkey? Can you tell me what that is? Thanks:)
I used some salt and seasoned pepper on the turkey before I added the sauce mixture on top!
I will be trying this for Thanksgiving. I have a question. You have two different cooking temps -165 deg and 180 deg. I’m going to cook mine to 165 because that is standard for poultry. But checking to see if I missed something. Thanks.
165 degrees is correct! I have just edited the typo in the recipe card to reflect that. Thank you for letting me know!
Oh, that’s looks so delicious. I’ll prepare it for my pregnant wife to surprise her :). I love the details and the photos on your website Alyssa. Can I use also some lemon juice? Thanks you so much.
Yes, that sounds great! Your wife is going to love this. That is a sweet surprise for her.
Could this recipe be used with a whole chicken?
This is a terrific recipe! The turkey comes out incredibly tasty & moist. I only wish that Lipton would come out with a little ‘lower sodium’ onion mix, for folks who like to eat a bit healthier, since they realize the dangers of ingesting excess sodium, over time. The consequences are cumulative. That being said, it’s clear that a majority of readers don’t bother to read the entire post, then go on to ask questions which were already covered in the narrative.
Do we use a turkey breast, or a whole turkey? Your picture looks whole, but recipe says breast.
I used a whole turkey for this recipe but you can use a turkey breast if you would like.
Came out perfect..thanks so much
I am wondering if I can use something besides the Onion soup mix because of the sodium content?
You can omit it or make your own homemade onion soup mix. It gives it so much flavor and adds to this turkey breast.
Sounds interesting. Did it turn out moist?
One other question – did you put the breast in the crockpot with the meaty side up or down? Does it matter?
Yes it is perfectly moist. The slow cooker kept the moisture inside. AS long as you do not over cook it it will be amazing! I put the meaty side up.
Would a packet of Lipton Recipe Secrets work for onion soup mix? Anyone?
Like another reader, I’m also curious if you used a bone-in or boneless turkey breast.
Mine did have the bone in it. But I am sure that either can be done. 🙂
Sounds excellent. The onion soup mix freaks me out a bit. Does it taste really onion-y?
Bone in turkey breast or bone out?
This turkey looks wonderful Alyssa! I love that it turned out so moist and flavorful.! I love finding new slow cooker recipes and can’t wait to try this 🙂 Thanks for sharing and hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
This looks delicious! Did you use a turkey breast on the bone or boneless?
Mine had the bone it in but I am sure both would be great!