Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

5 from 4 votes

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is an easy way to make a turkey dinner for a smaller crowd! Use a boneless or bone in turkey breast and let it cook in the crockpot with this easy baste for the perfectly moist turkey every time.


platter of sliced slow cooker turkey breast

I know, you’re probably thinking: turkey breast? Who makes just a turkey breast in November? But wait – hear me out.

Maybe you have extra people coming for Thanksgiving and you want to be sure and have enough turkey for everyone but don’t want to make two full turkeys.

Or…maybe you bookmark this post for July when it’s your husband’s birthday and you make him his favorite meal: Thanksgiving.

Or maybe you’re just craving turkey and it’s a random Tuesday and you don’t want to make a whole bird.

Whatever your reasoning, having this easy slow cooker turkey breast recipe in your back pocket is a must. The baste and gravy are absolutely delicious and based off of my Mom’s Thanksgiving Turkey. Making this bird in a crockpot will make your house smell like Thanksgiving no matter what time of year it is.

pouring gravy over slow cooker turkey breast

If you’re looking to make a turkey without all the hassle, my Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is the perfect recipe!

Seriously, you can make this for dinner on any random day! Make some mashed potatoes and you’ve got the perfect Sunday dinner too.

Can you cook a turkey breast in a slow cooker? YES, whether it’s boneless or bone-in.

I prefer using a boneless turkey breast in my slow cooker, but you can use whatever you have. Bone-in turkey breasts are often cheaper, so if that’s what you buy, go ahead.

All you have to do to make this easy turkey breast is mix up some baste ingredients and then set it and forget it. The most important thing to remember when cooking a turkey in the slow cooker is to not overcook it.

For a long time when I used my crockpot, I’d set the time for one of the preset amounts (4 hours or 6, etc) and let it cook until the time was up, but that’s the WRONG way to slow cook if you’re making poultry.

Chicken and turkey, especially when boneless, tend to dry out in the slow cooker if you’re not careful. To avoid a dry bird, you have to check it during cooking.

Once it gets to 165°F internal temperature, it’s done. It might take a full 4 hours, but it might only take 3 1/2.  So be sure to watch it!

slow cooker turkey breast on platter

How do you make slow cooker turkey breast:

  • First, do what I do and use a slow cooker bag. You don’t have to do this, but I always do. It’s easy cleanup!
  • My baste recipe is simple and super flavorful, made with soy sauce, brown sugar, pepper, and sherry or white wine. You can omit the alcohol and use chicken stock, but I love using sherry. It’s the way my mom always does it!
  • I rotate my turkey breast halfway through cooking so that the entire thing gets coated with the baste.

How long do you cook a 3 pound boneless turkey breast in a slow cooker?

In a crockpot, a 3-pound boneless turkey breast will take between 3-4 hours on low. Check the temperature after 3 to see where it’s at.

If you’re using a bone-in turkey breast, it’s going to take 4-6 hours on high or up to 7 hours on low, depending on how big it is.

This is the perfect easy turkey recipe to make extra at Thanksgiving too. I always like to make extra turkey breast meat because most people in my family like white meat. I want leftovers…so it’s important to have enough.

If your turkey doesn’t come with a gravy packet, use my 5-minute gravy recipe. Be sure to use the drippings from the slow cooker in the gravy; it gives great flavor. Simply strain it to remove any chunks and then use it in the gravy recipe or with the gravy packet, instead of using turkey or chicken stock.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is an easy way to make a turkey dinner for a smaller crowd! Use a boneless or bone in turkey breast and let it cook in the crockpot with this easy baste for the perfectly moist turkey every time.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Serving Size


  • 3- pound boneless turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce low sodium is okay
  • 1/4 cup sherry or white wine
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Easy 5-minute Gravy for serving


  • If desired, line a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker with a crockpot liner or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place turkey breast in slow cooker.
  • Whisk remaining ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup. Pour over turkey.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, or until turkey reaches 165°F on a meat thermometer. After one hour, turn the turkey breast so that both sides get coated with the baste.
  • Remove from crockpot and let sit 5 minutes before slicing.

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Recipe Notes

Cooking a bone-in turkey breast? It will take about 4-6 hours on high or 7 hours on low.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 253kcal

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot, slow cooker, turkey

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Mom’s Thanksgiving Turkey is made in a bag!

This is my Mom's Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe and it's cooked in an oven bag! It's moist every time with delicious flavor thanks to her secret baste recipe.

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My mom's Thanksgiving Turkey recipe with her special basting sauce is the BEST turkey I've ever had!

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  1. I make this recipe using turkey tenderloin! It is by far the best turkey we have ever had! Highly recommend! I cook it for 2 hours on low in the slow cooker. My slow cooker does seem to run hot, so I always check with a meat thermometer before I take it out. Yummy! Seriously so delicious!

    For gravy, I use my grandmothers tried and true method. 1/4c flour+1 c water (mixed well together) & all pan drippings. Whisk together flour and water. Add to pan drippings over medium heat until bubbling. Perfect every time.

    For leftovers, we put slices of Turkey and cheddar and gravy inside crescent roll dough and brush with butter and Italian seasoning. Bake until dough is done (10-12 minutes).

    Thanks for such a wonderful turkey recipe! We seriously love it!

  2. I made this recipe for our small Thanksgiving gathering and it was fabulous! Great flavor! This one is a keeper for sure!!!

  3. The best recipe. So easy and the gravy is soooooo delicious.I used the white wine option. My son says he could drink it. My family requested this for Thanksgiving today instead of traditional turkey!

    1. You can cook from frozen in the crockpot, but it may take longer. Just make sure it’s cooked through to 165 before eating.

  4. So funny! It IS a random Tuesday in July and I was craving Thanksgiving. That’s why I’m here now! Thanks. It’s cooking in the slow cooker now!