Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Recipe

Cooking a whole turkey can be fairly daunting and complicated. By making this slow cooker turkey breast recipe you will get a moist, juicy, and extra flavorful turkey breast that is practically perfect every time.

When Thanksgiving rolls around, everyone thinks about cooking a large whole turkey. Well, that’s just not practical if you are a small family and you don’t want leftovers for weeks. 

This easy slow cooker turkey breast recipe will take the daunting task of cooking a large turkey and turn the main course into an easy recipe. 

This crockpot thanksgiving turkey will become a new tradition. It turns out moist and delicious every time! People always leave rave reviews about how this is their favorite way to make Thanksgiving turkey.

If you do want to make a full turkey, be sure to take a look at how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey.

This is also another Thanksgiving recipe that we love to make in our slow cooker to free up space in the oven for other recipes. Thanksgiving is the holiday to let your slow cooker shine, maybe both if you have more than one (like me). 

We also love this recipe for Sunday dinner – pair it with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and our homemade turkey gravy and it’s a delicious and easy meal! You can also pair it with some Easy Sweet Cornbread and finish it all off with Pumpkin Dump Cake.

How much turkey does each person need?

The first thing to think about is how much turkey do you ACTUALLY need to make. 

If you are wondering how many people your turkey will feed – a good rule of thumb is that whatever your turkey weighs, that is approximately how many people it will feed. 

If you know you have a lot of small children, then you may be able to stretch it a little farther than that.

If you want to have leftovers, plan on 1 ½ pounds of turkey per person. This article from the HuffPost is also is a great resource and gives you an idea of how much to cook per person. 

What else should you cook for Thanksgiving to pair with this slow cooker turkey?

A few great ideas on what to serve alongside your turkey would be Grandma’s Easy Thanksgiving Stuffing, Homemade Green Bean Casserole (without condensed soup), and our Honey Roasted Cinnamon Butternut Squash.  

Ingredients needed to make the best Thanksgiving turkey:

  1. Turkey breast
  2. Diced onion
  3. Dry onion soup mix
  4. Water
  5. Garlic powder
  6. Onion powder
  7. Dried parsley
  8. Seasoned salt
  9. Dried oregano
  10. Dried basil

Tips for making a turkey in the slow cooker:

  • Be sure to have the meat thawed before cooking (otherwise the cooking process will take much longer)
  • Save the drippings to make delicious turkey gravy
  • Use a crockpot liner (like THIS one) to make getting the drippings out of the crockpot EASY!
  • To make this recipe, you will want a 6-8 quart slow cooker. This slow cooker will work perfectly! It will not work in the smaller crockpots.

How to make the best slow cooker turkey breast with onion soup mix

Start by spraying the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray (or with the crockpot liner) and place the turkey and diced onions inside the slow cooker on the bottom. 

Then, in a small mixing bowl, pour in the water and the onion soup mix. Mix them together until they are fully combined and then spread the onion soup mixture evenly over the outside of the bone-in turkey breast. 

Next in another small mixing bowl mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, seasoned salt, dried oregano, and dried basil. Then, simply sprinkle the seasoning mix over top of the turkey inside the crockpot. 

Cover the crockpot with the cover and turn it on low for 8-9 hours. You will know it’s done when the turkey is very tender and the seasonings have flavored the meat. 

Use a meat thermometer to double-check. Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey breast and make sure that it reads at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit to know that the turkey is fully cooked. 

When the turkey has finished cooking, remove it from the slow cooker and slice it to your desired thickness. If you’d like, you could let the breast rest for 5 minutes before slicing as well. 

What else to make for Thanksgiving

Our awesome YouTube channel is filled with many of our tried and true recipes where we walk you through step by step. A great recipe to pair with the slow cooker turkey breast would be our super creamy instant mashed potatoes

Other sides great at Thanksgiving

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Serves: 8

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Recipe

10 minPrep Time

9 hrCook Time

9 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 1 (6-9 pound) boneless turkey breast
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet dry onion soup mix
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon dried basil


  1. Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and place turkey breast and diced onions inside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the water and onion soup mix and spread evenly over turkey.
  3. In another small bowl, mix together remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the turkey breast.
  4. Cook on low for 8-9 hours (or until turkey is very tender and the seasonings have flavored the meat).
  5. 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.
  6. Remove turkey from slow cooker, cut into slices and serve.



35 cal


2 g


3 g


2 g
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  1. Deon |
    I have had fabulous luck doing a turkey breast in my slow cooker! We don't really go for the dark meat anyway, so this is a totally easy way to get moist, wonderful turkey meat, even if for nothing else than to have your own leftovers when you don't really get leftovers cuz you're not hosting and have no leftovers to call your own! :D
    • It would depend on how big the servings are. We would estimate around 8 servings. Just click on the MAGIC button under the picture and that gives you all of the information on our recipe. This is our new sister site - Great place to look when you are searching for recipes!
  2. May daughter just had open heart surgery on the 7th so we will not be visiting family this year for the holidays, but I'd still like to have a nice dinner. It will mainly just be me and my hubby eating. My son is staying at my mothers until we get the okay that it is safe to have others around my daughter and she will just be turning 1 on the 29th so she is still being introduced to table foods and probably wont eat much. I am totally new to most of this. I cook and bake here and there, but I try to stick to simple and easy things. My questions are... we have a West Bend 5 Quart Oblong-Shaped Slow Cooker, would that still work for your recipe? And if so, what size boneless turkey breast do I buy? I am so lost. Lol. Thank you in advance!
    • Hi Helen! Your 5 quart oblong shaped slow cooker will be perfect. You could buy a 6 to 9 pound one as directed in the recipe. Or you could go a little smaller if you wanted to. Just before to check it now and then if it is smaller. It may not take as long to cook. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I'm sure you are feeling so blessed that your daughter is doing so well. Sending prayers your way! :) Cyd (mom of the six sisters)
    I have made something very similar to this recipe in the past. It is amazing, however, the downfall for us is our dogs can not enjoy some turkey since it has onion soup mix in it. Last year I changed it up a bit, I omitted the onions, and replacing the onion soup mix with 3-Ramon Noodle Chicken season powder packs( the little silver packets of seasoning the Ramon Noodles have in the them, not the noodles). I first put a light glaze of corn syrup then sprinkled on the powder. Doing this again this year. Love this website, thanks ladies.
  4. I made this for Thanksgiving yesterday... Oh My... it was something else. Since it's just the hubs and I, it's more suitable quantity for us and a few days of leftovers vs a full size turkey. It was good and very tasty. Honestly- if I was to do it again- I would totally make it the day before, because seriously it tastes even better today. White meat is kinda bland and dry and while it was not dry... it was meh... We did let it rest about 5-10 mins before carving, I removed from crock and covered in foil. After dinner and after it had cooled a great deal- I pulled it off the bones (didn't take much coaxing) and HOLY MOLY! Today it's so FLAVORful!!! and not sure how- but even more moist and tender. Oh and the gravy... Oh my.. okay... enough rambling.
  5. I have a 5.5 lb turkey. How long should I cook it on low? Also I have only cooked turkey breasts in a rotisserie it comes out crisp and golden brown which is why I use the rotisserie I just struggle with over cooking. If i use the slow cooker will it brown at all? And can u over cook it in a slow cooker?
  6. This recipe is so good.. What I love most about this recipe is that it is a healthy recipe.. No butter mostly spices and herbs.. I used boneless skinless turkey breasts. I have a large family 9 of I bought 2 of them..and they fit perfectly in the slow cooker.. Everybody loved it.. and I have a hard crowd to please.. Six Sisters.. I have made several of your recipes and you have never let me down. They have all came out so good. Thank you!
  7. This is the best turkey I've ever had, and I've had a lot of turkey in my life. My dad used to work for Norbest turkeys, so we'd have turkey all the time growing up. I loved how tender the meat in your recipe is, and the great flavor that it had. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!
  8. I LOVE this turkey! Made two of them last year for the first time (praying the whole time that they turned out as good as they sounded) for about 12 people. Everyone raved about it, so I'm making it again this year for Thanksgiving. Delicious. And most Target stores have the turkey breasts on sale this week for $1.19/pound. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! Happy Thanksgiving!
  9. I made the Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Recipe this last weekend and when I measured out all the spices I thought it was incorrect . I used about 1/2 to 3/4 of it on the meat and there was just so much of it! Other similar recipes list 1 tsp each of these seasonings and I wonder if yours is incorrect. On the good side, the breast was very tender and although a bit overwhelming in flavors, I will make it again with reduced amounts, perhaps half. I look forward to receiving your recipe emails!
  10. Amanda West
    What if my turkey is slightly higher in one spot than my actual crockpot? The whole rest of the turkey fits fine except for one spot. Now the lid won't close down on it! ugh! do I cut the breast in half? wont that mess with the cooking time? I'm not sure how to do it because it's a bone-in so I'm facing cutting bone along with meat. Any tips from anybody would be helpful. I'm trying this recipe out in a few hours. Thanks!
    • There are a couple of options to reheat your turkey. You will want to slice it before putting it in the fridge. FLASH REHEATING at a high temperature is a method often used by restaurants chefs. The concept is simple. Put room temperature food in shallow, covered pans, and put it in a 450 degree oven for approx. 7-15 minutes. It heats the food fast (in a FLASH) without cooking it further. This is the method I recommend if you don't need the oven set to a lower temperature for cooking other dishes at the same time. STANDARD REHEATING in a 350 degree oven is another option that normally will take 25-30 minutes for room temperature turkey to be heated through. This method is the best option if you have other dishes that need to cook in the oven at the same time at that temperature. SLOW COOKER you can also put it back in the slow cooker on warm and may want to add a little chicken broth so it doesn't dry out. That frees up some oven space. Watch it closely to prevent drying out.
  11. I made this last thanksgiving for my son's preschool pot luck. It was so, so, so good. I used a 3 lb turkey breast and made the gravy using the gravy packet that came with the turkey plus the drippings from the crock pot. I got many compliments and requests for the recipe! Everyone was raving about it. Side note: first time that i made this i was out of dry onion soup mix. I ended up blending some spices from my pantry based on a recipe for dry onion soup mix I found online. It worked beautifully! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!
  12. I made turkey for the first time in my crock-pot using your recipe and I really must say that this was the moistest and most flavorful turkey breast I have ever made not to mention the easiest! I have one of your books Six Sisters Stuff and you guys have the best recipe, craft and cleaning ideas. I'm a busy grandma now and only wish I'd had this as a mom, keep up the good work!
  13. Brandi Henderson
    So I teach 7-8 graders and our students cooked a Thanksgiving dinner for our small community here in Sayler Park, OH as a fundraiser for a trip to Washington D.C in the spring. My teaching partner was the teacher in charge but I did volunteer to help, so she asked me to cook 30 pounds - 6 full turkey breasts. My partner and I borrowed crock pots from the teaching staff and I found your recipe for slow cooker turkey breast on Pinterest. On the day before we left for break, the crock pots cooked all day at school smelling up our classrooms with Thanksgiving goodness and the students did a magnificent job of serving up a wonderful dinner with all the fixin's and raised a lot of money in the process that same evening. The students were obviously the stars that night, but the one thing no one could stop talking about was the turkey, everyone raved about how delicious it was in flavor and tenderness. Even on the Monday back after our break, the first person I saw said they wanted this recipe because the turkey was just that good. Thank you!
    • Hi Brandi. You made our day!!!! I'll be sure to pass this sweet comment to my girls. Best of luck on your fundraising for a wonderful trip in the spring. And you sound like an amazing teacher. The kids are lucky to have great role models like you! Have a wonderful Christmas.

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