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Slow cooker turkey breast - amazing alternative to roasting the whole bird. It is simple., delicious and takes only 5 minutes of prep time - Innocent Delight

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 559kcal
Author: Edyta
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with simple spice rub, onions, garlic, and fresh herbs is quick and easy. You only need 5 minutes of prep time to set it and forget it. Your dinner will get cooked on its own. 
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For the Turkey:

  • 3 lbs Split turkey breast on the bone
  • 1 Head of garlic
  • 1 Onion large, yellow or white
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dry garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil

For the gravy:

  • 2 cups Turkey drippings from slow cooker if you have less, add turkey or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons Corn starch
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


For the Turkey:

  • Cut your garlic head in a half;
  • Cut onion into large pieces;
  • Add all of the above to the bottom of the slow cooker (6QT);
  • Place the turkey breast on top of the garlic, onion;
  • Sprinkle the top with the spices: salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika;
  • Spoon over Extra Virgin Olive oil on top of the turkey;
  • Bundle up the herbs and add to the slow cooker;
  • Cover and cook on high for 1 hour and 3 hours on low until internal temperature reaches 165F;
  • For extra crispy skin, broil for 3-4 minutes.

For the Gravy:

  • Once the turkey is done, you can take it out along with all the veggies and herbs.
  • The sauce will contain fat on the top - remove it so the gravy is not too heavy;
  • Pour the sauce in a small saucepan;
  • Bring it to boil;
  • In a cup mix together milk with corn starch;
  • Add to sauce and cook until thickened up (See note 1 below);
  • Check for seasoning, add salt and pepper if needed;
  • Now you can also add lemon juice for some extra flavor (See note 2 below).



1. Depending on how much sauce you have, you may need to add more milk/cornstarch mixture. Just add 1/2 milk with 1 tablespoon first and see how it thickens up. If needed, repeat the process.
2. Originally I posted this recipe with the lemons added to the crockpot. It happens that the sauce can get a little bitter from the lemons. I guess it depends on the lemons. I suggest to skip the lemon and adjust the tanginess of the gravy at the end with some lemon juice.


Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 100g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 248mg | Sodium: 2692mg | Potassium: 1347mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 538IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 3mg