Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

You may never make another huge turkey again after making this Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast! So little prep and cleanup, just a deliciously easy meal.

May sound a bit looney, but I haven’t been so excited about something since Arrested Development released new episodes on Netflix! Maybe I’ve led a sheltered life but how did I not know that you could slow cook a turkey breast! The doors have now opened and we can now have a mini-Thanksgiving feast anytime of the year!  Better yet, with minimal mess!

You’ve got to admit, sometimes turkey sounds good & its the middle of the summer. Even during the hot months, so far away from Thanksgiving. But seriously, who wants to prepare a giant beast in the heat…not this lady!  Utilizing your slow cooker is the way to go!  This is also a perfect recipe for someone who many not have to feed a group, great for a couple. Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is also great for those living the tiny house or RV lifestyle as you may not have a full-size oven.

Pick up a turkey breast on sale at the supermarket, let it thaw & you’ll be having a feast with only a tiny bit of effort.  Flavor your bird up anyway you choose, you could go Cajun or with fresh herbs, or simple like I did with just softened butter & some dried herbs.

Now that you’ve saved your energy by slow cooking your turkey, whip up some amazing side dishes such as Mashed Potatoes with Wilted Spinach, Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes or Corn and Bacon Casserole! Doesn’t get any easier than this, I may never battle cooking a giant bird ever again!!!

Updated Aug 2016…PS I still haven’t cooked a large bird since this post went live, no need to!

Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Cook Time: 8 hours

Yield: 6 servings

Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast


  • Bone-in turkey breast, thawed (I used a 6.5 lb breast & it fit nicely in my 5 qt slow cooker)
  • 3 T butter, softened
  • 2 T seasoning (I used sage & thyme, use whatever your preference is)


  1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place turkey breast in slow cooker with breast side up.
  3. In small bowl combine softened butter & seasonings of choice. Rub seasoned butter on exposed turkey.
  4. Place lid on and cook on low 8 hours, depending on the size of your turkey breast.
  5. Remove turkey breast carefully, there will be liquid in slow cooker which you can transfer to a sauce pan to use for gravy.

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  1. This gets me all excited for Thanksgiving!

  2. This looks so good and easy to make! Pinning!

  3. Jodi Trisler says:

    Could you use a small whole turkey- say about 9-10 lb. one if it fits in a slow cooker?

  4. Not only did I just pin this, but I will likely make this on Thanksgiving!
    Its our first year without visitors and this will be perfect since we’ll be out volunteering most of the morning.

  5. Could you use a smaller portion? I have a 2.2 lb turkey breast & would like to try this but not sure if I’d need to adjust the cooking time?

    • I’m sure you can, and like you said just adjust time accordingly. I’d recommend using a meat thermometer, just to be sure you’ve cooked it all the way through.

  6. I saw you linked up this recipe at Your Gonna Love It Tuesday linky party last week. It would be perfect for my new link party posted today which features turkey recipes. I hope you’ll stop by and post it along with any other turkey recipes you have. You can find the party here:


  7. How do you make your gravy? I always have trouble with that part!

    • Lisa, I make a very basic no-frills gravy from the juices of the turkey. I take a couple teaspoons of flour and whisk it into a tiny amount of water, may 1/2 a cup, then stir into the juices, bring to a simmer & let it thicken up adding just a bit of pepper.

  8. I am making this now. I started it a little late so It will not be done for a few more minutes. It smells wonderful and I’m excited to see hoe its gonna taste. The only problem I had was that I could not get the butter mixture to stay on the turkey breast. I have never made a turkey before so I’m not sure if its just a beginners error or not. So I just ended up sprinkling the butter mixture over the bird and hoping for the best. Thanks for this recipe. I’m a Crockpot junkie and any food I can make in mine I will give it a try. I love the freedom a crockpot gives.

  9. Mmm, I’m about to make ham for Easter, but this turkey looks so delicious, I almost want to change my meal plan!

  10. Yay, yay, yay! I’m making turkey thighs today so I needed a recipe. Thanks for sharing this one. I might be using it next time.

  11. Just my kind of recipe. I love the idea and the simplicity of it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  12. This looks great & how easy is that! So you don’t have to add any other liquid just butter in the crockpot? Pinned & Printed!

  13. Is it okay if I put in some vegetables with it? would i need to do any prep for those or can I just throw them in? I also can’t have butter, would olive oil be okay? I want to try this with a small half turkey breast (about 2.5 lbs) but I only have a 5 QT slow cooker so I thought I’d need to add some veggies to fill it half way. Thanks!

    • Evie, I’m sure subbing olive oil for butter would be just fine. As for adding veggies, I can say as I have not tried. Let us know how it turns out.

  14. I’m reorganizing my Pinterest boards…deleting an old board with tons of recipes that I pinned their from when I was running a link party. I’m finding that almost none of the recipes are ones that I would actually want to try. This one is an exception and is getting moved to my new Recipe Box – Meat and Crockpot boards. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Theres a good chance I’ll be making this for Thanksgiving! Its just the 4 of us this year so it will be perfect!

  16. This sounds like a great idea especially since we are having a small gathering this year but hubby all wants ham and turkey! Doing them both in slow cookers will make things so much easier (especially since I’ll have a 1 week old baby :)) and your slow cooker ham sounds amazing too! Only thing is I would miss the stuffing 🙁 Any suggestions, because when I make dressing it just doesn’t hit the same spot?

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