Juicy Slow Cooker Boneless Roast Turkey Breast Recipe

A simple recipe for juicy and delicious slow cooker turkey roast breast and stuffing! Easy to make with a wonderful blend of flavors. A great way to destress holiday cooking.

This Turkey Roast in a Slow Cooker is so easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious! 

This easy slow cooker turkey breast recipe is a delicious and easy way to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for a smaller crowd or to serve any time of year. 

close up of sliced turkey roast breast that has been made in a slow cooker.

With a little bit of preparation and the right ingredients, you can create a juicy Thanksgiving Turkey Roast with a great flavor that will have everyone asking for seconds.

To make this crockpot turkey breast you'll only need a few ingredients that can be easily found at the grocery store, including a boneless breast rather than a whole bird. 

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You'll also need a slow cooker, which will allow you to cook the turkey roast slowly and evenly, ensuring that it stays moist and tender. The slow cooking process helps to enhance the flavors of the ingredients. 

Moist and Delicious Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with an Apricot and Date Herb Stuffing. Get the recipe at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

This turkey breast specifically said "Slow Cooker Friendly" so it was exactly what I was looking for!

I also like that it had no hormones or steroids added - I don't think I ever noticed this before on a turkey label but that's probably because I rarely make a turkey but with this easy recipe, now I will...that makes my family happy!

Overhead view of turkey roast made in the slow cooker partially sliced surrounded by fresh rosemary sprigs on a white serving platter.

Key Takeaways

  • This juicy turkey breast slow cooker recipe is perfect for small gatherings and is also an easy way to free up oven space for all your favorite side dishes during the busy holiday season. 
  • With the right ingredients and preparation, you can create a juicy and flavorful turkey roast that will impress your guests.
  • Using a slow cooker to prepare turkey roast is a convenient and healthy option that enhances the flavors of the ingredients.

Choosing the Right Ingredients

Turkey Selection

When selecting a turkey for your slow cooker roast, it's important to choose a boneless turkey breast. This will ensure that the turkey cooks evenly and stays moist throughout the cooking process. Look for a turkey breast that's around 3-4 pounds in weight.

Spice Rub Ingredients

To give your turkey roast a delicious flavor, you'll need to create a spice rub. Some essential ingredients for your spice rub include garlic or garlic powder, dried thyme, kosher salt, and black pepper. You can also add other spices like onion powder, sage, or cumin to give your turkey roast a unique flavor.

Additional Ingredients

In addition to your spice rub, you'll need some other ingredients. These include butter and chicken broth.

Preparation Steps

Preparing a turkey roast in a slow cooker is a convenient and easy way to cook a delicious meal. Here are the steps you need to follow to prepare your turkey roast in a slow cooker.

Prep Time

The prep time for a slow cooker turkey roast is minimal. It should only take you about 10 to 15 minutes to prepare the turkey for the slow cooker. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Remove the turkey from the packaging and discard any netting or ties.
  2. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
  3. Rub the turkey with your preferred seasoning or rub. Make sure to cover the entire turkey.
  4. Place the turkey in the slow cooker with the breast facing up.
  5. Cover the slow cooker with a lid or foil.

Cook Time

The cook time for a slow cooker turkey roast depends on the size of the turkey. Here is a general guideline for cook times:

  • For a 3 to 4-pound turkey roast, cook on high for 2.5 to 3 hours or on low for 5 to 6 hours.
  • For a 5 to 6-pound turkey roast, cook on high for 3.5 to 4 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.
  • For a 7 to 8-pound turkey roast, cook on high for 4.5 to 5 hours or on low for 9 to 10 hours.

Make sure to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the turkey. The temperature should reach 165 degrees F (74°C) for safe consumption.

Turkey Roast carved and on a serving platter with a homey holiday background.

Rest Time

After the turkey is done cooking, let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the turkey, making it juicier and more flavorful.

To summarize, preparing a turkey roast in a slow cooker is a simple process. Just rub the turkey with your preferred seasoning, place it in the slow cooker, and let it cook for the recommended time. Don't forget to let it rest before carving.

Using the Slow Cooker

Setting the Temperature

Most slow cookers have two temperature settings, low and high. When cooking a turkey roast, it is best to use the low setting. This will ensure that the meat cooks evenly and stays moist. Using the high setting can cause the meat to dry out and become tough.

Cooking Duration

The cooking duration for a turkey roast in a slow cooker will depend on the size of the roast and the internal temperature that you want to achieve. As a general rule, you should cook a turkey roast for 6-8 hours on the low setting. To ensure that the meat is fully cooked, you should use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. The internal temperature of the turkey should reach 165°F (74°C).

It is important to note that cooking times may vary depending on the size of the turkey roast and the type of slow cooker you are using. It is always best to follow the manufacturer's instructions for your specific slow cooker.

When cooking a turkey roast in a slow cooker, it is important to use a recipe that is specifically designed for a slow cooker. This will ensure that the meat is cooked properly and that it stays moist and tender. There are many slow cooker turkey breast recipes available online that you can use as a guide.

In summary, using a slow cooker to cook a turkey roast is a great option. By setting the temperature to low and cooking for 6-8 hours, you can ensure that the meat stays juicy and tender. Just be sure to use a recipe that is specifically designed for a slow cooker and to check the internal temperature of the turkey to ensure that it is fully cooked.

Turkey Breast with The MeatStick Probe in it

Serving the Turkey Roast

Once your turkey roast is fully cooked in the slow cooker, it's time to serve it up! Here are a few tips for making the most of your meal.

Making the Gravy

If you're making the stuffing in the slow cooker as well, you won't have the 'juice' to make gravy. In that case, I recommend using store bought gravy, but, if you aren't making the stuffing at the same time, follow the steps below for a delicious gravy!

One of the best things about cooking a turkey roast in the slow cooker is that it creates its own delicious juice. To make the gravy, simply remove the turkey from the slow cooker and set it aside to rest. Then, pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan and bring it to a boil.

To thicken the gravy, mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water until smooth. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the boiling liquid, whisking constantly, until the gravy thickens to your desired consistency.

Serving Suggestions

When it comes to serving your turkey roast, there are plenty of options for sides and accompaniments. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Overhead view of a serving bowl filled with creamy homemade mashed potatoes.
  • Mashed Potatoes: This Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe is my favorite and it's the perfect complement to a juicy turkey roast. Try adding a little garlic or Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
  • Vegetables: Brussels sprouts, or green beans are a healthy and colorful addition to any meal and this Baked Sweet Potatoes Casserole Recipe was passed down to me by my mother and our holiday table wouldn't be complete without it.
  • Cranberry Sauce: Tart and slightly sweet, cranberry sauce is a classic Thanksgiving side dish that pairs perfectly with turkey. If you have a smaller slow cooker, this Crockpot Cranberry Sauce recipe is so easy to make and is absolutely delicious!
  • Stuffing: Whether you prefer traditional bread stuffing or a more modern twist, this savory side dish is a must-have for any holiday meal.

As for serving size, a boneless turkey breast roast typically serves 4 to 6 people, depending on the size of the roast and the appetites of your guests. Plan on serving about ½ to ¾ pound of turkey per person, and adjust accordingly based on the size of your roast.

With these tips and suggestions, you're sure to impress your guests with a delicious and easy-to-make turkey roast slow cooker meal. Enjoy!

Storing and Reusing Leftovers

Piece of sliced Thanksgiving Leftovers Pie on plate
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Storing Leftovers

After enjoying your slow cooker turkey roast, you might have some leftovers. Don't let them go to waste! Proper storage is key to keeping your turkey fresh for future meals. Here are some tips for storing your leftover turkey:

  • Refrigerate your leftover turkey within two hours of cooking it.
  • Store your turkey in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap.
  • Label your container with the date you stored it and use it within four days.
  • Freeze your leftover turkey for longer storage. It can last up to four months in the freezer. Make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container or freezer bag.

Reusing Leftovers

Leftover turkey can be used in a variety of ways to create delicious weeknight meals. Here are some ideas:

  • Turkey sandwiches: Use your leftover turkey to make sandwiches for lunch or dinner. Add some lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments to create a tasty meal.
  • Turkey soup: Use your leftover turkey to make a hearty soup. Add some vegetables, noodles, and broth to create a delicious meal.
  • Turkey pot pie: Use your leftover turkey to make a delicious pot pie. Add some vegetables and gravy to create a savory meal.
  • Turkey salad: Use your leftover turkey to make a healthy salad. Add some lettuce, vegetables, and your favorite dressing to create a tasty meal.

By following these tips for storing and reusing your leftover turkey, you can save time and money while creating delicious meals for your family.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a frozen turkey be cooked in a slow cooker?

It is not recommended to cook a frozen turkey in a slow cooker. Slow cookers are designed to cook thawed meats, and cooking a frozen turkey in a slow cooker can lead to uneven cooking and potential food safety issues. It is important to thaw the turkey completely before cooking it in a slow cooker.

How long does it take to cook a boneless turkey breast in a slow cooker?

The cooking time for a boneless turkey breast in a slow cooker can vary depending on the size of the turkey breast and the temperature of the slow cooker. On average, it can take between 4 to 6 hours on high heat or 8 to 10 hours on low heat. It is important to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 165°F (74°C) before consuming.

What are some easy slow cooker turkey breast recipes?

There are many easy slow cooker turkey breast recipes available online. Some popular recipes include slow cooker turkey breast with garlic and herbs, slow cooker honey mustard turkey breast, and slow cooker cranberry turkey breast. These recipes typically involve seasoning the turkey breast and cooking it in the slow cooker with other ingredients such as broth, vegetables, and herbs.

Is it safe to cook turkey in a slow cooker?

Yes, it is safe to cook turkey in a slow cooker as long as the turkey is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) before consuming. It is important to follow food safety guidelines and ensure that the slow cooker is set to the appropriate temperature setting and that the turkey is fully cooked before serving.

Can a Butterball turkey roast be cooked in a slow cooker?

Yes, a Butterball turkey roast can be cooked in a slow cooker. It is important to follow the cooking instructions provided on the packaging and to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 165°F (74°C) before consuming.

Can a turkey be slow cooked overnight?

It is not recommended to slow cook a turkey overnight. Slow cookers are designed to be used during the day when someone is present to monitor the cooking process. Cooking a turkey overnight can lead to overcooking and potential food safety issues. It is important to follow the recommended cooking times and temperatures for slow cooker turkey recipes.

📖 Recipe

Slow Cooker Turkey Roast and Stuffing

A simple recipe for juicy and delicious slow cooker turkey roast breast and stuffing! Easy to make with a wonderful blend of flavors. A great way to destress holiday cooking.
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Sliced turkey roast made in a slow cooker on a china dinner plate with cranberries and stuffing on a table set for the holidays.
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:6 hours
Total Time:6 hours 15 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 pound turkey breast frozen skin-on
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Stuffing

  • 8 ounce package herb-seasoned stuffing mix
  • ½ cup celery chopped
  • ½ cup onion chopped
  • ½ cup dried dates chopped
  • ½ cup dried apricots chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • ¾ cup chicken broth

Instructions

Stuffing/Dressing

  • Place stuffing mix in lightly greased slow cooker.
    8 ounce package herb-seasoned stuffing mix
  • Add chopped celery, onion, dates, and apricots to slow cooker.
    ½ cup celery, ½ cup onion, ½ cup dried dates, ½ cup dried apricots
  • Combine broth and melted butter.
    3 tablespoons butter, ¾ cup chicken broth
  • Pour over stuffing and stir gently.

Turkey Roast in the Slow Cooker

  • Thaw turkey breast in refrigerator and prepare according to directions on package. Remove from refrigerator and allow to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Pat dry turkey thoroughly with paper towels.
    3 pound turkey breast
  • Place turkey, breast side up, on top of the dressing.
  • In a small bowl combine softened butter, garlic, thyme, sage, and rosemary.
  • Using your fingers, gently loosen the skin from the breast meat, spreading half of the butter mixture under the skin. Rub softened butter over turkey breast and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    6 tablespoons butter, 3 cloves garlic
  • Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook 5 hours until meat thermometer inserted into breast registers 165 degrees.
  • Remove turkey breast from slow cooker and cover with aluminum foil.
    1 teaspoon thyme
  • Let stand 20 minutes before carving. Carve turkey and serve with stuffing and gravy.

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 10servings | Calories: 598kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 1639mg | Potassium: 914mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1020IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3mg
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 598kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $22.00

You can see all of my other Thanksgiving Recipes and Ideas HERE.

Moist and Delicious Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with an Apricot and Date Herb Stuffing. Get the recipe at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com
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13 Comments

  1. What interesting additions to the stuffing. I think apricots would be good to try next time. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I've never thought to make a turkey in a slow cooker. Shocking because I try everything else. This sounds really great and like a great way to make Thanksgiving dinner a snap! K

  3. Amber Harrop says:

    I wonder if my turkey would fit in my slowcooker ? This recipe looks fabulous though 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I put mine in first before trying this just to be sure. Thanks so much and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Christine says:

    I am going to try this after Thanksgiving, I have to know if this works because it seems so easy and looks almost effortless! Thanks for sharing this at the DI & DI Link Party.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Christine. Have a wonderful week.

    2. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Christine!

  5. I can't wait to try this Mary Beth! I'm searching for turkey breast next time I head to the store... I'm not waiting for Thanksgiving!

  6. This sounds delicious and I love that it is made in a slow cooker. I'm definitely trying this very soon!

  7. Oh my gosh! I have never thought to use the slow cooker to cook a turkey! But then again, I haven't cooked a turkey in ages. I bet this would keep the breast from drying out and I love your additions to the stuffing (except we call it dressing here in the South!)

  8. We're going to spend Thanksgiving with relatives this year, so I won't have to do any cooking. This will be perfect for us to have a mini Thanksgiving dinner before or after for the fall season. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Lida Zams says:

    I will have to try this way of cooking a turkey breast. It sounds so easy & I'm sure it will be tender.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      It is really easy! I hope you'll give it a try for the holidays and that you enjoy it. xo