Crockpot Turkey Breast

One of my favorite things to do during the winter is to roast a turkey once a month, and after serving some of it for supper, shredding the leftovers to freeze for future meals. Since we started living in our RV and traveling to warmer states during the winter though, I've had to give that practice up since my RV oven is to tiny to roast a turkey. To the rescue? My trusty crockpot.

Crockpot Turkey Breast

Unfortunately my crockpot is to small to cook a whole turkey, so I compromise by cooking a whole turkey breast instead. Now before you frown and say, "But turkey breast meat tends to be dry". Let me assure you that a turkey breast cooked in a crockpot is anything but dry. It comes out incredibly moist, juicy, and practically melts in your mouth.

Crockpot Turkey

Now that I've learned how delicious turkey is cooked in a crockpot, I'll be cooking it this way from now on and skipping the oven all together. My family and I like the skin just the way it is after it's done cooking in the crockpot, but If you prefer a crisp skin on your turkey, you can always slid it under the broiler for a few minutes till it starts to brown.

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Crockpot Turkey Breast


1 (5 to 7 pound) thawed, bone-in, whole turkey breast with skin
1 cup turkey or chicken broth
1 large onion, quartered
1 stalk celery, quartered
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon seasoned salt, or to taste


Add the onion and celery to the bottom of a 6 quart crockpot.
Pour in the turkey broth, then place the turkey breast (breast side up) on top of the onion and celery.
Rub olive oil over turkey breast, then sprinkle with seasoned salt.
Cover with the lid and cook on low for 8 - 9 hours, or high for 4 - 5 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
Carefully transfer turkey breast to a plate (it will be fall apart tender) and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
Serve with Homestyle Mashed Potatoes and Gravy.

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  1. Hi Angel! Oh what a timely post! We bake a ham every Christmas, but there are family members who for religious purposes, won't eat it. So, we have to do a turkey also. Now, we won't have to do a whole turkey! Brilliant! Crockpot turkey breast to the rescue! It sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

    1. I'm glad you found the recipe helpful Felecia, I'd love to hear an update on how it turns out for you. :)

  2. I've never thought of doing a turkey in a crockpot - admittedly I don't do a lot of large joint cooking (we are a family of three :) ) but this seems quite easy! #WAYWOW

    1. I raised a large family of 7 Charlotte, and am down to just 3 now, so it's been hard for me to downsize. I'm getting there though. This recipe is perfect for a family of 3, with enough leftovers to stash in the freezer for a future meal.

  3. I love this. Pinning it! We've done a turkey several times, and I've always enjoyed the process, but my daughter is a vegetarian now and my son doesn't like turkey, no matter how small we get the bird it's still too much, and how many turkey left overs can you really enjoy! This is perfect, I can make just enough and it will be moist and full of flavor! Pinning!

    1. Thanks so much for PINing it Nikki. :) I was really surprised at how moist the turkey came out, especially when the breast is so dry when you roast it. I think you'll be really pleased with how it turns out.


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