With the holidays approaching here is a great alternative to making your turkey in the oven you can cook it in your crockpot! Here are some simple tips and directions on How to cook a Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker. Yes you can make your turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas in your slow cooker which means you save time and room in your oven. There are many different recipes for spices to use, but you can use what ever you want. I typically season my turkey breast as I would roasting a large turkey in the oven.
How to cook a Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker
The first step is picking out a turkey breast that is 5-7 lbs, but you must keep in mind how big your slow cooker is. I used a 6 QT Oblong Crockpot and usually get around a 6 lb bone-in turkey breast.
I place my turkey breast on a plate and let it thaw in the fridge for a few days. I like to make sure the turkey breast is completely thawed (or use fresh) before I cook it.
When I am ready to cook the turkey, I clean it well and remove any gravy packets or turkey parts that may be placed in it. I leave the skin on my turkey breast, but you can remove yours if you like.
Place the turkey breast in the slow cooker, add 1/2 cup water and then season with 1 TBSP thyme, rosemary, sage and parsley. I prefer to rub real butter both on top of the skin and under the skin and then rub my spices all over.
You may also enjoy Turkey Breast of Wonder which is prepared in the Crockpot too!
Next place the lid on and let your turkey breast cook 8 hours on low. Then remove and let is sit for 10 minutes to allow Turkey to rest. At this point some people like to place the turkey breast in the oven under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp or brown the skin. I do not do this but some of my friends have and say it’s wonderful.
Carve and serve with your favorite trimmings!
I love making my Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker because I do not have to do any work and it helps take the stress away when cooking on the holidays. Be sure to try making your turkey this way for Thanksgiving and Christmas – you will not be disappointed!
Check out this slow cooker conversion chart as it helps to figure out if you are adjusting the time.
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