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Moist & Tender Turkey Breast Recipe

Moist & Tender Turkey Breast Recipe

This easy turkey recipe is sure to be popular in your home. Everyone will love the taste, and you'll love how quickly it comes together. —Heidi Vawdrey, Riverton, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 4 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1. Place turkey breast, rosemary, garlic and water in a 6-qt. slow cooker. Mix brown sugar, pepper and salt; sprinkle over turkey. Cook, covered, on low 4-6 hours or until turkey is tender and a thermometer inserted in turkey reads at least 170°. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

5 ounces cooked turkey: 318 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 122mg cholesterol, 154mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 47g protein.

Reviews for Moist & Tender Turkey Breast

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shauckogs92 User ID: 8239198 243000
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"This was easy, convenient, and the family loved the flavors of rosemary and garlic ever so slightly flavoring the moist turkey. A keeper."

oreo95 User ID: 2985724 240249
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"I was skeptical cooking a turkey breast in the slow cooker. Was amazed at how delicious and moist it was! Made the recipe almost exact, omitted the brown sugar and used low sodium chicken broth instead of water. Will certainly make again and will experiment with other herbs! Thank you Heidi"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 239503
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"Love using the slow cooker to cook a turkey and this was a great recipe for it. The turkey came out with lots of flavor And very tender. I also tried the same recipe but used my pressure cooker and it turned out great in there too."

Kathyjordan User ID: 6897948 237582
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"Easy way to cook turkey, but the family prefers the oven"

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 233644
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

"Very good! I had a turkey breast that wasn't quite 6 lbs, it was done at 3.5 hours. I didn't have fresh rosemary so I used dried that I mixed in with the salt, pepper, and brown sugar."

hibbsbailey User ID: 1552877 220151
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"Great recipe for a after church dinner. Cooks while away and doesn't dry out."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 214874
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"The first time I made this was for a family supper during our vacation. Put it in the slow cooker while we were gone for the day. Came home to the delicious aroma of turkey. Served it with lettuce salad & rolls, & had an easy, delicious meal. I had to use foil to cover the top of my slow cooker because the turkey was too big for the lid. That has worked just fine. I make this whenever turkey is on sale!"

walkerjo User ID: 7514182 171773
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"I made this recipe for Sunday supper. The only thing I had to do was cook it 1 hour longer to get the proper temperature (the meat was a little over 6 lb). The meat was very moist and tasted just right. I will definitely do this again! Thanks for your crock pot recipe."

germanycook User ID: 6411056 117748
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"The turkey turned out very moist, but it had a kind of 'boiled' smell, I didn't really like how this turned out. Would rather it have a bit of browned taste."

grandmaskitchenrules User ID: 7075931 167670
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"I have been staying away from adding carbs to recipes. I will make this recipe, but will use turkey broth, a little butter, and herbs like fresh garlic, thyme, a little rosemary. Love the idea to put it in a crock pot and it's done at dinner time! Cannot wait to make this!"

wmplpi User ID: 6459478 183309
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"I used chicken broth instead of water....delicious"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 211038
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014

"This was so easy to throw together and was amazing for a fancy dinner. Definitely a keeper. I did add a pat of butter on each side."

memryskr10 User ID: 7211420 106613
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2013

"I am going to make this recipe for the first time for Thanksgiving. but instead of the water, I will add a can of chicken broth to make my gravy. set it on high for an hour, then switch it on low. this seems to be ideal for just 3 of us enjoying a meal away from the crowds of restaurants Thanksgiving day !"

Kandicen829 User ID: 4717554 167660
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"After cooking for 6 hours (and only a 4 lb breast) my meat thermometer only read 140. Is this normal? Should this recipe be cooked on high to insure safety?"

subiwan User ID: 6389027 117746
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"So easy! I was worried that there was no liquid but it turned out perfect! Juicy and very flavorful! A permanent addition to my recipe file!"

Corely User ID: 3313396 167659
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"This recipe is so simple and flavorful, I have made it over and over again at my family's request. We are even having this for Thanksgiving!"

emilykac User ID: 640017 171769
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"So juicy and fall off the bone tender. This was so easy to make that we might just do this for Thanksgiving."

LindaLK User ID: 4911185 117743
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2011

"Since I'm cooking for myself only, I bought a breast without the bone and it turned out okay, but was a little on the dry side...Ooops, maybe because I forgot to turn the crock pot off after the thermometer popped up...but it was very tender and made great turkey with gravy sandwiches...Hot Turkey Sandwiches...Nest time, however, I will leave the brown sugar out...too much of that sweet flavor. I was looking for more of a savory flavor than a sweet flavor."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 186660
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"This definitely did turn out moist, great for a newbie cook because it was fail safe."

LinKidd User ID: 4909805 182972
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"This is great. I used the garlic powder(2tsp), the brown sugar, the pepper and salt to make a rub. I doubled the recipe and rubbed the turkey good. I let it sit in the refrig. over nite then started it in the crock pot in the a.m.. I couldn't believe that turkey had that much moisture in it. It actually fell off the bone. Sooooo delicious. Yes, definately I would make this again and again."

scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 211037
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"Thought this was pretty good. Would double the brown sugar next time. Also, one time I made this with a can of turkey gravy dumped in. Was very good either way. I do miss the browned skin you get from an oven but this is a great no-fuss way to prepare turkey."

hunterann User ID: 3543906 211036
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"I have one of the newer slow cookers that cooks faster than I'd really prefer.  I frequently cook meat from frozen with excellent results (chicken breasts, pork tenderloin, turkey).  I often cook a frozen turkey breast with just putting it in the cooker with some cajun spices and cooking on low for 8 - 9  hours, or until it's done.  Not sure what the other reviewer was concerned about with starting from frozen; some of the "turkey experts" advocate cooking a whole turkey from frozen in your regular oven because you don't risk the contamination from the poultry juices.

kitzer User ID: 4188178 171766
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"Opps ~ I forgot to add ~ I slice additional garlic cloves lengthwise and tuck it in under the skin! As many as I feel necessary!! YUM ~ GARLIC GOOD ~~ Thanks"

kitzer User ID: 4188178 106611
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"I've made this several times and we love it! I do not miss the browned skin at all! If you want the skin browned, maybe you should throw it under the broiler and brown the skin and dry it out! But there goes the 'moist' part of this recipe! Also, as with ANY turkey, if there is not enough 'juice' for the gravy, simply ADD some broth! I do not think any meat should be put in a slow cooker when it is still frozen!"

seahorse35 User ID: 2242910 101365
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"I first saw a recipe for turkey in the slow cooker about 2 years ago and have been cooking it just like this every since. The spices here are wonderful. I do add water or broth about 1/3 of the way up the side of the turkey. I prefer turkey to be moist and this really does the trick. Sometimes, i just add liquid then sprinkle with Lipton powdered onion soup. I love making it and keeping leftovers in the freezer for sandwiches and casseroles. I keep telling friends about this and everyone loves it. Excellent."

kohge1963 User ID: 2188980 126092
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"What if you use a frozen breast? How long do you think it would take? I'm generally away from home for 9-10 hours so I don't know if this would work for me."

Maxine Miller User ID: 2800706 184945
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup water to the crockpot and you will get plenty of broth for turkey or beef rump roast. Make sure you season the turkey."

nurseheidi User ID: 1513286 101115
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"I'm sorry it didn't turn out the way you hoped.  I have noticed that some brands of breasts come out with more juice than others.  On average, with a Jenni-o or Honeysuckle White brand breast I get 1 1/2-2 cups of juice to base my gravy off of.  If you find that you don't have enough juice, you can always add chicken broth (I'd use reduced sodium) to get the desired volume.

You'll never get brown skin out of a slow cooker.  Just ain't gonna happen.  For that you'll definitely have to roast it in the oven!"

chelsea_tolley User ID: 5045402 167658
Reviewed May. 9, 2010

"Turkey is soooo moist! Love, love, love!"

Classicrock User ID: 656532 184944
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"My 6-lb. turkey was done in 6 hours, next time I'll start checking it after 5 hours. I used my 7-Qt. slow cooker, and used 2 tsps dried rosemary in place of the fresh. -Lori in WI"

cwbuff User ID: 441425 211035
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009

"Yes, it was moist, but I miss that appetizing browning of the skin and it doesn't make much gravy. I won't make it again."

Rebecca_WV_40 User ID: 408051 126079
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"Can someone post the recipe so the regular folks can view it. It says view this recipe now, but then it goes to trying to sell a magazine first."

Laura.Farnell User ID: 3364390 184943
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"This was moist, delicious, and simple to make! I used a smaller turkey because I have a smaller crockpot and cooked it on high for the first hour and it still took about four hours for the button to pop. YUMMY!"

TheFamilyCook User ID: 4329267 184941
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2009

"I made Moist and Tender Turkey Breast yesterday. It was delicious! I am definitely going to put this recipe into my rotation of family favorites! My turkey was a little larger and took 7 hours on low for the pop-up timer to pop."

rauten46 User ID: 3348121 101089
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

"Oh My Gosh!! I will never cook Turkey Breast in the crockpot anyother way. This was amazing & so moist!!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer