Crockpot Turkey Breast (Slow Cooker Turkey) A Holiday Recipe with SISI LOLA

Crockpot Turkey Breast (Slow Cooker Turkey) A Holiday Recipe with SISI LOLA

Crockpot Turkey Breast is one of the easiest ways to make a Thanksgiving turkey! This slow cooker turkey recipe guarantees succulent and juicy turkey every-time, as well as freeing up space in your oven. This year, cook your turkey in a crockpot with vegetables, chicken broth, and plenty of herbs for great flavor and a stress-free holiday!

crockpot turkey breast

Crockpot Turkey Breast Recipe

This crockpot turkey breast recipe is an easy way to make tasty, juicy turkey for your Thanksgiving meal. Making turkey in a slow cooker is just genius!

If you’re planning your Thanksgiving menu and wondering if your oven is big enough for a whole turkey, then I have the perfect solution for you! Grab your Crockpot and get ready for the best turkey breast you’ll ever make!

This turkey breast is one of the EASIEST ways to make Thanksgiving turkey. It’s a mostly hands-off, set it and forget it kind of recipe, which leaves plenty of time to focus on making those Thanksgiving side dishes

Why You’ll Love this Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Recipe:

  • EASY: Using a crock pot is one of the EASIEST ways to make a turkey for Thanksgiving.
  • FLAVORFUL: Between the brine, the seasonings, the veggies, and broth, there is SO much flavor going into this delicious turkey breast.
  • HOLIDAY READY: This is the perfect thing to serve at the center of any holiday feast. Make it on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter

Everyone will love this slow cooker turkey breast with vegetables. It will fit right in on your holiday table

Close up of the cooked turkey breast
Sliced turkey breast with fresh herbs

Do I need to brine before cooking turkey breast in a slow cooker?

It’s really important not to skip the brining process in this recipe! By brining the turkey tenderloin, it absorbs extra moisture, which results in juicy and succulent meat. It also helps to season the turkey all the way through, so it’s super flavorful.

Brining the turkey breast is so key to juicy and flavorful meat, so this is a very important step of the crockpot turkey recipe. This brine recipe is full of aromatics that will help to flavor your turkey and add moisture so it doesn’t dry out while slow cooking.

When using a brine, the turkey gets seasoned from the inside, so every bite is truly delicious. The extra step is worth it, especially when cooking on a big day like Thanksgiving!

Crockpot Turkey Brine Ingredients

  • Apple juice or apple cider
  • Cold water
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic Pepper
  • Salt
  • Brown sugar
  • Peppercorns
  • Bay leaves
  • Orange peel

Can you cook a frozen turkey breast in a crockpot?

You should not put frozen meat directly into a crockpot to cook. This puts it at risk of bacterial contamination before it reaches a safe temperature. So you should not cook it directly from frozen.

However, you can absolutely use a frozen turkey breast for this recipe. Just be sure to fully thaw it before brining and cooking it.

How do you make turkey moist and juicy?

Turkey breast is a very lean cut of meat, which means it tends to dry out, leaving you with a bland Thanksgiving meal. But we can fight that!

The brining process locks in moisture and it cooks in its own juices without the need to constantly baste it. This easy slow cooker turkey breast recipe is a great hands off way of cooking your turkey while you get on with the rest of the feast. And you won’t be left with dry turkey!
Top shot of sliced turkey breast on a serving plate
slow cooker turkey breast

How to Cook a Turkey Breast in a Crock Pot

I can’t get over how simple this slow cooker turkey recipe is! Set it, spend your time focused on cooking the sides or spending time with your family, and then it’s ready to serve!

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!
  1. If you’re using frozen turkey breast, start by thawing it.
  2. Combine ingredients to make the brine, then submerge the turkey, cover, and refrigerate AT LEAST 8 hours.
  3. When ready to cook, set your slow cooker to HIGH and spray the interior with nonstick spray.
  4. Remove the turkey from the brine and rinse it thoroughly with cold water, then pat it dry with paper towels.
  5. Place the celery, onions, and carrots in the bottom of the crockpot, and pour the chicken broth over the vegetables.
  6. Set the turkey breast on top of the vegetables and pour melted butter over the turkey.
  7. Sprinkle turkey with salt, black pepper, sage, rosemary and orange zest.
  8. Cover the slow cooker and cook on HIGH 2 hours, then reduce the temperature to LOW and cook an additional 1-2 hours or until the internal temperature of the middle of the turkey breast registers 165°F.
  9. Remove the turkey breast from the crockpot, cover with foil and let it rest 15 minutes.
  10. Cut into ½-inch slices and serve!


  • Use boneless turkey breast for this recipe. Fresh or frozen is fine.
  • If using a frozen turkey, be sure to fully thaw it first!
  • Brine the turkey for at least 8 hours before adding it to the crockpot.
  • Spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray before adding the turkey breast.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check when your turkey is done (it should read 165°F).
  • Let the turkey rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing it.
Turkey slices with fresh herb garnish