Since I live close to both my parents and my in-laws, I have never had to cook my own turkey.
To be honest, I am a little bit intimidated of trying to cook a huge turkey.
Remember that scene on Christmas Vacation when the entire family is sitting down to a beautiful turkey dinner with all the fixings and the grand moment of cutting open the turkey happens . . .
Only to have the turkey split open, completely dry, burned, and disgusting! The family basically gets to eat turkey jerky for dinner (ha ha!).
(Oh, how I love this movie!!!)
Anyway, whenever I make turkey dinner for my family, I always just make it in my slow cooker. It turns out moist and juicy every time . . . you can’t go wrong with this recipe!
Of course, you can’t fit a huge ol’ bird in a 6-quart slow cooker, so keep that in mind. 🙂 I ended up purchasing an 8 lb turkey breast which fit perfectly in my slow cooker. Plus, you don’t have to deal with all the turkey guts when you buy a turkey breast of that size.
Happy turkey dinner!
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Recipe
1 (6-9 lb) boneless turkey breast
1 (1 oz) packet dry onion soup mix
¾ cup water
1 onion, diced
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and place turkey and diced onions inside. In a small bowl, mix together the water and onion soup mix and spread evenly over turkey.
In another small bowl, mix together remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the turkey breast.
Cook on low for 8-9 hours (or until turkey is very tender and the seasonings have flavored the meat). Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast and make sure it reads at least 165 degrees F (75 degrees C) to ensure that your turkey is fully-cooked.
To eat, remove turkey from slow cooker and slice.
To make this recipe, I used this Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Slow Cooker. My favorite feature about this slow cooker is that it’s programmable, so if the food finishes cooking before you get home, it automatically switches to a “warm” temperature, which keeps it from overcooking and also keeps it at a safe temperature. I purchased it because it’s a best seller on Amazon and I haven’t been disappointed!
(I am not being paid to say this- we just get asked all the time what slow cookers we use and this one is one of my favorites!)
Check out this cute edible project that your kids could make while they wait for the turkey to cook!