How to Cook a Turkey Breast in a Crock Pot

Tastessence Staff Sep 23, 2018
Turkey breast can be tender and juicy if it is cooked the right way. Read more to learn how to cook a turkey breast in a Crock Pot.
If you want to throw a perfect dinner with Thanksgiving around the corner, knowing how to cook turkey would be crucial. Although most popular Thanksgiving dinner consists of a roasted turkey, there are some other dishes that you can try as well. Crock Pot turkey breast is one such dish that is sure to be an instant hit.

Recipe for Cooking Turkey Breast in a Crock Pot

Turkey meat has the tendency to turn dry and leathery, if it is not cooked in the right way. Hence, you need to employ the right cooking method to keep the meat juicy. This is possible by using a Crock Pot.
Slow cooking turkey breast is also quite easy and unlike other meat dishes, you don't need to slave away in the kitchen for hours. Here are some recipes of cooking turkey breast in a Crock Pot to get you started.

Turkey Breast with Garlic and Thyme

Ingredients
  • 1 boneless turkey breast, cut in half
  • 2 onions (finely chopped)
  • 6-7 baby carrots (trimmed and cleaned)
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 can chicken stock
  • 3 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Method
Lightly coat the bottom of a Crock Pot with olive oil. Place the onions, garlic, baby carrots, and celery at the bottom of it in a single layer. Place the turkey breast over the vegetables.
In a bowl, combine the chicken stock with the white wine, dried thyme, allspice, salt and pepper. Pour this mixture over the turkey and vegetables, and cover the Crock Pot with a tight lid. Cook the mixture for around 6 to 7 hours, and check if the turkey breast is tender before serving.

Provencal Turkey Breast

Ingredients
  • 1 whole turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 sprig basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried fennel
  • ¾ cup dry white wine
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups turkey stock
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 12 garlic cloves (unpeeled) 
Method
Make a small incision with a sharp knife at the bottom of the turkey breast, and then push a finger inside the skin to loosen it from the meat. Do this gently, otherwise you might tear the turkey skin. Combine the dried thyme, basil, fennel, minced garlic, pepper and ½ a tsp. of salt in a small bowl, and rub this mixture under and over the turkey skin.
Add a bit of olive oil over the meat, and place it in a Crock Pot along with the unpeeled garlic cloves. Cook the turkey for about 4 to 5 hours, and then remove it from the Crock Pot. Let the cooked meat rest for about 15 minutes; then gently remove the skin and discard it, place the turkey breast in a plate and keep it warm.
In the meantime, squeeze the garlic pulp into the Crock Pot. Add the turkey stock and white wine, and cook for about 20 minutes until the sauce thickens in consistency. Pour the sauce over the turkey breast before serving.

Simple Crock Pot Turkey

Ingredients
  • 1 whole turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 2 cups water
Method
Add butter to the Crock Pot, and place the turkey breast over it. Add pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and dry onion soup mix over it. Pour water into the Crock Pot, and close it with the lid. Cook the turkey until the meat turns tender. 6 to 7 hours is sufficient to cook a turkey breast in a Crock Pot as anything more than that will dry it out.
Cooking a frozen turkey breast in a Crock Pot can be done in the same way as cooking fresh turkey breast. Just remember to thaw the meat completely before cooking it.