Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Recipe

Since I live close to both my parents and my in-laws, I have never had to cook my own turkey for Thanksgiving.
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 . . .

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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 pound turkey breast which fit perfectly in my slow cooker.

Serves: 6-8

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 (1 ounce) 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


  1. Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and place turkey 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. To eat, remove turkey from slow cooker and slice.

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103 Responses to “Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Recipe”

  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!

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