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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Recipe

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Recipe

Try this wonderfully flavored, easy-to-fix preparation when you're craving turkey. Makes a great holiday dish for smaller families, too. —Maria Juco, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours YIELD:14 servings


  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (6 to 7 pounds), skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 1. Brush turkey with oil. Combine the garlic, seasoned salt, paprika, Italian seasoning and pepper; rub over turkey. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker; add water. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until tender.
    Lemon-Garlic Turkey Breast: Combine 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley, 8 minced garlic cloves, 4 teaspoons grated lemon peel, 2 teaspoons salt-free lemon-pepper seasoning and 1-1/2 teaspoons salt; rub over turkey breast. Add water and cook as directed. Yield: 14 servings.

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked turkey: 174 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 172mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 37g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat.

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Phyllis User ID: 9145206 264766
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2017

"I got a "free" bone-in turkey breast from my grocery store and decided to use this recipe for Easter dinner. I'm so glad I did! It was delicious! The turkey was so moist and tasty. I trimmed the skin off of most of the turkey, but left the skin covering the breast. I rubbed the seasonings under the skin so it was directly on the skin, but thought the skin would help to keep the meat from drying out. The turkey thermometer popped exactly after 6 hours on low. I let it rest before slicing. The 6 pound breast fed a family of 8 adults with a little left over. My mother in law and aunt want to make two of these for Thanksgiving dinner! So much easier then using the oven and the oven will be free for the sides!"

[email protected] User ID: 6993142 254407
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

"I also added chicken broth instead of just water and the lemon pepper suggested below the main recipe and then made gravy from all the drippings, which was so good! Poultry in general these days has less flavor than when I was growing up (I'm 61) because most birds are processed differently. A mixture of herbs helps to add flavor back in as does the broth. It's not necessarily the recipe's fault if your turkey "has no flavor"--it could be the poultry itself! And to be frank, I've felt the same way about some of the steaks I've consumed in the last 5-10 years! Thanks Maria, I'll be using this one again!"

Gayle.Ann User ID: 7196009 252073
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2016

"I have no idea what I did wrong. I had high hopes from all the positive reviews. I was VERY disappointed. My plan had been to make hot turkey sandwiches. I did use a mix of butter and olive oil, and chicken broth, but those changes should have enhanced flavor. And, I used a slow cooker bag. My husband and I prepared it together, and we agreed it was totally bland. Absolutely no flavor. If I were to do it over, and I sincerely doubt it, I'd add some poultry seasoning, and, possibly triple the seasoning. It cooked perfectly, and was moist. It just had no taste. I would have been very embarrassed if I had cooked it for Thanksgiving. A waste of a turkey breast, slow cooker bag, and an afternoon."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 246141
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"So good & perfect for our Easter dinner! Very flavorful & gosh, so easy!

- Theresa"

mauilisa User ID: 8693387 243011
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"Delicious and so moist the only way I cook my turkey breast since finding this recipe!"

spratlin User ID: 8700632 241872
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"Used a 6 lb turkey breast and followed the recipe to a T. DELICIOUS and so moist. This will be my go-to turkey recipe from now on."

Bjhodg56 User ID: 7022940 240850
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"Is the cooking time the same for boneless..."

sallyharris User ID: 8671121 239929
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"I made this yesterday and headed off to see the new Star Wars movie. It was wonderful to come home to this delicious turkey! I was surprised at how flavorful and juicy it is, even as leftovers today. The only changes I made were to put some thick slices of onion in the bottom, so the meat wasn't cooking in it's fat and to create my own italian spice mix. My boyfriend made off with the carcass and juice/onion mix, promising I will get turkey soup in return. A true test. Oh, and the movie was almost as good as the turkey."

Robby1 User ID: 1478802 239556
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"This was excellent. I used two 3lb turkey breasts to serve dinner to 7 people thinking we would have leftovers for sandwiches. There was barely enough left for a sandwich! I am always happy when my guests love what I serve, and this was a winner. Very moist and full of flavor. I also used the chicken broth instead of the water. Will definitely make again soon, ( but only for the two of us, just so we have the leftovers! haha)"

cynandtom User ID: 2224843 231942
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015

"My husband and I loved this recipe. I made it for us to pack healthy turkey sandwiches for lunch. Delicious! The only change I made was using chicken stock instead of water. We will definitely be making this again for sandwiches and for dinner!"

krucook User ID: 517980 224805
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"I used the frozen turkey breast from Target. This was super moist and yummy and beyond simplistic. We used the leftover turkey to make the turkey pot pie recipe featured here in the Taste of Home website, which was also a hit with my family. I didn't read the part of the recipe where it instructs you to remove the skin. I didn't do that this time. Next time I will try that. Still scrumptious."

bobbieliz User ID: 8295139 222933
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"Don't forget to check the internal temperature before taking it out of the crockpot. America's Test Kitchen says 160 F. for turkey breast."

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 221152
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2015

"Turned out really moist and yummy, but I used a boneless roast - not the bone-in turkey breast this recipe called for... Will definitely make again."

DeKay81 User ID: 7512755 219820
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"My family enjoyed this very much. I used leftovers of it to make turkey primavera."

besee_2000 User ID: 7060580 218782
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"The fact that it is so simple and easy would give it enough stars but the taste is out of this world! I've tried other spice mixes but always return to this one. Next time I make this I think I will make a big shaker of this mix so I don't stray again. My husband and I rave about it to anyone that will listen. It sounds too good to be true. I would take this over standard Thanksgiving turkey any day.

Used on both turkey with the bone and straight turkey breast. I may use this on all poultry slow cookers."

BabyBon97 User ID: 8203270 217330
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"Loved this recipe! My kids said it was better than the turkey I make at Thanksgiving. I made a few changes, but nothing too extreme. Our grocery store didn't have a bone in turkey bigger than 3 1/2 lbs., so I used two 3 lb. boneless turkey breasts. I used the same seasoning, but added a dusting of poultry seasoning. And instead of putting water in the bottom of the slow cooker, I used chicken broth. This was the most delicious and moist turkey breast I have ever eaten. We will definitely make this on a regular basis."

CYNTN37043 User ID: 4982896 149536
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"This was tasty and moist. I substituted garlic salt for the dried garlic/seasoned salt and added some poultry seasoning to the other ingredients. I had a 6 pound turkey breast which I cooked for 5 hours. I think it was probably done a little before that, but I wanted to make sure it was thoroughly cooked. This is perfect if you are serving a small number of guests."

Jogeng09 User ID: 7370803 114839
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

"Everybody enjoyed this at Thanksgiving dinner today. My 7-1/2 lb. turkey breast was done to perfection in 6 hours, moist and flavorful but not falling apart. Taking the skin off before cooking was a bit of a project, but I'm glad I did it because we don't eat the skin anyway, and this way the meat was able to absorb all the flavor of the spice rub. I'm not a fan of Italian seasoning so I subbed rosemary for that, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. And using the slow cooker freed up oven space I needed for other things, so that was a bonus."

rhayer2 User ID: 8126705 131691
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"This came out perfect.

Can the same recipe be used for a a 6 pound boneless turkey breast?"

EmmasMomma User ID: 4434313 182810
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2014

"Perhaps I shouldn't review this, as I chose my own spices, but stuck to the recipe otherwise. :) This was way too easy, and a great way to make turkey in the summer months, as to not heat up the house. It was delicious - the whole family loved it, and the leftovers are scrumptious!"

cwinde User ID: 4053949 191856
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"I was making a ham for Christmas dinner and decided at the last moment to try a turkey breast in the crock pot as well. This was so simple - and delicious. Very moist! I'm making another one today because there were not enough leftovers for sandwiches!"

pamfuhr User ID: 4099826 177373
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"This was very delicious and easy! Will make this again."

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 177790
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"This was really good! easy to put together and yummy. I made it for Christmas and didn't have room in my oven for another dish. Love the slow cooker!!! Will definitely make again. I did leave the skin on too. I didn't see the need to put it in the oven to brown the skin it was great just the way it was."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 116130
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Very moist, super easy!! Made for Christmas party this weekend. Be aware there will be no leftovers!"

Boxermom8 User ID: 7512392 149535
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"This was the best turkey I've ever eaten! So simple there is no reason to need a holiday to eat turkey. If you don't have a slow cooker it's time to get one!"

Snoopy2663 User ID: 7500813 124244
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"The Best Idea I Will Be Trying"

kdaydreamer User ID: 7427655 194322
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"easy, Tasty, Moist, Delicious...and best of all my hubby LOVED it!"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 177372
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"This turkey was so moist and delicious. I will definitely be making this again! Very easy to put together."

Lori2954 User ID: 388434 193236
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"This slow cooker turkey breast was the best turkey I have ever made in a crock pot. I will definitely make it again and again. Instead of water I used chicken broth and it was so tasty and very moist."

cc7613 User ID: 7183656 191855
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"Simple and easy...great taste...adjust the seasonings to your liking!"

alzingone User ID: 5785132 194320
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2012

"This will definitely be a make-again recipe for our next Thanksgiving! The turkey is so moist, and the best part is that you can work on all the side dishes while the slow-cooker is doing all the work."

Rshipman User ID: 6641747 177371
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"Moist and yummy. I kept the skins on. Rubbed the oil, seasonings (used extra seasoned salt), and fresh minced garlic underneath and on top of the skin. Then I transferred to the oven at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes to brown. The drippings makes great gravy as well."

karins1114 User ID: 6336206 114796
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"Absolutely delicious!"

upnorth5 User ID: 6430797 123205
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"The whole family loved this moist and flavorful turkey. So easy too!"

CookingWithDianne User ID: 6420337 131690
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"This was so good! I mixed the garlic and spices with the olive oil and rubbed it on and under the skin. Since the skin doesn't get brown in the slow cooker, I put it in a 450 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until the skin was browned."

jollyjenny User ID: 1661951 182809
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"This turkey breast turned out so moist that it fell off the bone when I took it out of the slow cooker. Was very easy to prepare and the leftovers made great turkey sandwiches!"

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