365 Days of Slow Cooking: Slow Cooker Perfect Turkey Breast
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Slow Cooker Perfect Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Perfect Turkey Breast Recipe...don't be scared to make turkey.  It's so easy!
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Makes 6 servings

1 (3 lb) boneless turkey breast (mostly thawed)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chicken bouillon granules
1 Tbsp soy sauce

1.  Cut off the netting or strings around the turkey, if it has them.  Place turkey in bottom of 3 quart slow cooker.
2.  Rub the turkey on all sides with onion powder, garlic powder and bouillon.
3.  Pour the soy sauce on top of turkey.
4.  Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
5.  Use drippings to make gravy, if desired and serve.

This turkey was absolutely perfect.  Tender, moist and flavorful.  I was so excited and pleased with how it turned out.  Greg said that it was a 5 star recipe for sure.  He said that it was just as good as his brother's fried turkey that we had on Christmas.  Take that, Jeff!


  1. Anonymous12/1/12 12:06

    Challenge accepted! My turkey vs. yours in a blind-taste-test-turkey-death-match. Any time, any place :)

  2. Can you use just turkey breast cutlets or must you use a whole breast?? Thank you!!

  3. Tracey, you could probably use cutlets. You would probably need to cut down the cooking time though!

  4. So no other liquid other than the Soy?

  5. I have big crock pot that will fit a bigger turkey how much time should I add per pound? I wanna make this for thanks giving

  6. Hi Britney,
    If the turkey takes up most of the space in the slow cooker it should take the same amount of time. But if the crockpot is so big and it's a smaller turkey breast it will take less time. Give yourself a good 6 hours (especially if it's not totally thawed). Check it at 4 hours with a thermometer and if it's done then switch to warm until you are ready to eat. If you want to make sure to keep it really moist you may want to add a can of chicken broth in the bottom of the crock. Good luck. Please report back and let me know how it turns out! :)

  7. I love the idea of doing the turkey breast in the slow cooker. This would be perfect for any night - not just Thanksgiving!!

  8. Anonymous3/1/13 11:21

    Question,I've Some In My Family Who Are Strict Dark Meat Turkey Eaters Especially The Legs Of Course.Can This Recipe Or Another Be Modified To Accomodate The Legs Along With The Turkey Breast?

  9. Hi Penny,
    You could definitely do a whole turkey in the slow cooker, if you can get it to fit :)
    I guess if you have a small enough turkey it will work.
    Or like you said, just do the breast along with the legs. Should work fine.

  10. I've roasted whole chickens in my 5 quart crockpot, 5lbs average, that's about the largest bird you can get in there. Would like to try a turkey but you can't find one under 12 lbs. On high it takes only about 4 hours to reach well over 165*, I let mine go to 180*, plus I place two small ashtrays upside down in the bottom of the crockpot to keep the bird out of the schmaltz. You can freeze the schmaltz in ice cube trays to add to soups and make gravy and stuffing. Bon Appetite! L.D. Adios n' Hasta La Bye Bye!

  11. LD Meyer, that sounds delish! thanks for the tip!

  12. On a whim one time I bought a smoked turkey leg but, when I open the vacuum package it was pretty tough so I dropped it in my trusty Ol' crockpot and covered it with some instant chicken broth for about 4 hours on high. This let off the aroma of ham and when I sampled it it had a remarkable flavor, so I added some diced onion, minced garlic, shredded carrots and split peas and come up with a dynamite mock "Split pea and Ham". Being the tightwad that I am I tried a smoked turkey breast one time(no bones to buy) but it didn't impart the flavor like legs or wings do, it must the dark meat. I let this simmer for a couple more hours until the split peas and carrots we're tender, you could use Great Northern beans also. Just a little tip if you are trying to keep Kosher. Bon Appetite! L.D.