Slow-Cooked Herbed Turkey Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Herbed Turkey Recipe

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When herbs are plentiful in my garden, I prepare this turkey recipe. The turkey stays moist in the slow cooker and is bursting with herb flavors. When I served this to our Bible study potluck group, everyone wanted the recipe! —Sue Jurack, Mequon, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 4 hours + standing
MAKES:14-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 4 hours + standing
MAKES: 14-16 servings


  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh sage
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 envelopes onion soup mix
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh marjoram
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 boneless skinless turkey breast halves (3 pounds each)


  1. In a blender, combine the first 15 ingredients; cover and process until blended. Place turkey breasts in a gallon-size resealable plastic bag; add half of marinade. Seal bag and turn to coat; seal and refrigerate overnight. Pour remaining marinade into a bowl; cover and refrigerate.
  2. Drain and discard marinade from turkey. Transfer turkey breasts to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add reserved marinade; cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until a thermometer reads 170°. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 14-16 servings.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Herbed Turkey in Test Kitchen Favorites 2004 2005, p136

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hchambers User ID: 7140928 245867
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"This I a tasty marinade and I used it too cook a bone in turkey breast. My family really enjoyed it."

resa1979 User ID: 4400066 160764
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2012

"I made this for Thanksgiving last year, it was a big hit. I loved it because I made it the day before in the crock pot and just heated it up for dinner. Great recipe and I will be making it again :)"

ABRFosterMom User ID: 2321265 160763
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"The marinade, when just made and cold, was wonderful and left me anxious to enjoy this entree. But after it was cooked--whoa. Not so good. Maybe it was the oddness of Dijon mustard and lemon and onion soup mix on turkey; I don't know. Seems like too many competing flavors. I've made this boneless breast dozens of times, and I so prefer it plain over this version. My husband thought it was ok, but he eats just about anything. I unfortunately made this today for T'giving. Wasted an expensive roast. :("

vmfein User ID: 2150105 207586
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"This turned out great and I cut the recipe in half."

amybellis User ID: 4610659 77605
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"I have a regular, full sized blender and this amount of marinade only filled it 1/2 full. This is the best tasting turkey ever!"

GWof 3 User ID: 2618102 153752
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"Although the turkey was delicious, I found the marinade proportions too large for my blender. Little confused why the marinade portions are listed doubled here compared to what I found in the Taste of Home slow cooker recipe book for 2009. Will try again for Thanksgiving."

leslie6479 User ID: 3256557 160759
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2009

"I made this recipe for an Easter lunch and it was a HUGE hit! Everyone wanted the recipe. The marinade was simple to assemble and being able to throw it in the crock pot left me time to prepare the other dishes."

breanne2117 User ID: 1482558 137991
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2008

"This is well worth the expense of fresh herbs. I cook new recipes every week and very few get used more than once. This recipe has been cooked several times for my family. It should win an award for its zing of flavor when you bite into it. It is a great new twist on turkey, soft, juicy and flavorful. Yum."

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