I love a good holiday meal and when it comes to the big dinners, I’m pretty traditional. I like turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, a dinner roll, and a slice of pumpkin pie! Oh, and don’t forget the cranberry! But no matter what, the turkey is the star of the show and if you’re looking for an easy way to get it on the table this year, you’ve got to try making Slow Cooker turkey breast!
There’s no easier way!
This post is sponsored by McCormick® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
SLOW COOKER TURKEY BREAST
If you’re wondering if I mean you can cook a whole turkey breast in a Crock Pot, I do! I’m not talking a few turkey slices. I’m talking about making a flavorful turkey breast that you can basically prep and then let cook while you do other things this holiday season.
Now, if you’re cooking for 15 people, this may not be the best approach for you. But if you’re feeding just your crew this holiday season or you find yourself craving a good turkey dinner, making a Crockpot turkey breast is a perfect solution.
When it comes to turkey dinners, it’s all about coming out with turkey that is moist and flavorful. The slow cooker definitely helps make sure you have tender meat to enjoy. This holiday season, I’m working with McCormick® to make sure our meals are packed with flavor.
For this recipe, you’ll want to get my secret ingredient – McCormick® Poultry Seasoning. I fell in love with this not too long ago and it’s perfect for both chicken and turkey. The seasoning is a mix of:
- McCormick® Thyme
- McCormick® Sage
- McCormick® Marjoram
- McCormick® Rosemary
- McCormick® Black Pepper
- McCormick® Nutmeg
I tried it on chicken first and loved it so I knew it would be perfect for turkey. You can also use it in stuffing too! It’s just made for the holidays!
If you cannot find the McCormick® Poultry Seasoning, you can also use a combination of McCormick® Paprika, McCormick® Thyme, and McCormick® Black Pepper to get the punch of flavor you want in your turkey breast.
I was able to get everything we needed at my local H-E-B store. The McCormick® display makes it so easy to prepare for holiday cooking and baking!
HOW TO COOK A TURKEY BREAST IN A CROCK POT
I remember the first time I made a turkey. It stressed me out. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
This recipe lets you throw everything into your slow cooker and go enjoy time with your family and friends.
I prefer to make this with a boneless turkey breast, but you can use a bone-in or a boneless.You can also use a boneless turkey roast (one of my easy dinner staples) with this recipe like I did this time. If you use a bone-in turkey breast, you’ll need more time to let it cook.
Either way, this is a recipe with simple prep that will allow you to work on other parts of your holiday meal.
The most important thing is to periodically check the internal temperature of your meat. When it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, the turkey is done!
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
- Slow cooker
- 1 large onion
- 1 boneless turkey breast or turkey roast (approximately 3 lbs)
- 1-2 tsp McCormick® Poultry Seasoning ((see notes for alternatives))
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp McCormick® black pepper (if desired)
- 4 Tbsp butter (cubed)
- Cut the onion into thick slices and place the slices in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Rinse the turkey and set on top of onion slices.
- Mix poultry seasoning with extra black pepper, if desired. Then rub the turkey breast with seasonings. If possible, rub some under the skin of the turkey.
- Dot the turkey with the cubes of butter. If possible, put some butter underneath the skin.
- Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours. Check the temperature periodically. When it reaches the internal temperature of 165°F, it's done cooking.
- Let the turkey breast rest in the slow cooker on warm for 30 minutes. Then remove skin, slice, and serve!
- 1 tsp McCormick® Thyme
- 1 tsp McCormick® Paprika
- 1 tsp McCormick® Black Pepper
You’ll have a delicious turkey to pair with your favorite side dishes. If you need some easy slow cooker side dish recipes, try some of our favorites:
- Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes
- Crock Pot Corn Casserole
- Crock Pot Mac and Cheese
Yes, my slow cookers have become a staple in my holiday meal prep. They just make parts of the meal planning so much easier!
WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER TURKEY
If you’re like me, leftovers from the big holiday meal are almost as good as the first time you enjoy them with the important people in your life. I love a good turkey sandwich on a leftover dinner roll topped with some cranberry sauce. It’s so good.
But there are other great ways to use leftovers, especially the turkey. You can turn that leftover turkey into another meal for the family! This one is easy to make too!
ONE DISH LEFTOVER TURKEY CASSEROLE
You only need a few ingredients for this recipe which makes it perfect for those holiday leftovers. When you’re tired but still want to get a meal on the table, give the leftovers a twist with this one!
(It also works great for an easy weeknight dinner! You can always substitute chicken for the turkey.)
- 2 cups cooked turkey, shredded or diced
- 3-4 cups of stuffing (You can also use a box of stuffing mix if you need to prepare some stuffing.)
- 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup (you can also use Cream of Chicken)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 Tbsp McCormick® Minced Onion
- 1 tsp McCormick® Parsley Flakes
- 1 12-14oz bag of frozen peas or green beans
HOW TO MAKE TURKEY AND STUFFING CASSEROLE
This isn’t a slow cooker recipe, but it’s easily made with one pan in the oven and it’s delicious with leftovers from Slow Cooker Turkey Breast!
- Heat the oven to 350°F.
- Mix all ingredients, except for the stuffing, together in an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish.
- Spread the stuffing over the top of the mixture.
- Cover the dish loosely with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes. Then uncover and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until the top is browned.
If you have leftover gravy, it works in place of the soup and milk and adds great flavor! I love to serve this with jellied cranberry on the side. That pop of sweet just makes me think of the holidays.
Not everyone in my family loves the cranberry though so I resist the temptation to top the whole casserole with it!
Having my kitchen stocked with McCormick® Herbs & Spices is essential this time of year. I use them in all of my holiday cooking and baking. Just because I love easy recipes doesn’t mean I want to miss out on flavor!
Whatever the occasion or tradition, McCormick® products can “make it home” this holiday season, by spicing up your festivities and helping bring you closer to your loved ones. Visit your local H-E-B store or your nearest grocery store and get stocked up just in time for the holidays!
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