Does anyone else feel like they can only have turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas?! I’m not sure why I am 40 years old and have always relied on my mama for turkey. Well, I have news for all us turkey cooking ‘fraid-y cats. It’s easy! As a matter of fact, you can cook a turkey breast right in your crock pot!
After getting a great deal on a turkey breast the other day, I started thinking about how I wanted to
attempt to cook it. I knew you could cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker so I didn’t see why you couldn’t do turkey as well. Sure enough, I found a recipe at A Year of Slow Cooking. I changed it up a little, and the end result was fantastic!
- 4-6 lb turkey breast
- 2 cups white wine*
- 1 onion, peeled and quartered
- 1/4 cup butter
- handful of parsley (optional)
- 1-2 celery stalks, halved
- salt and pepper, to taste
- *apple juice or chicken broth can be used in place of wine.
- Wash and pat dry turkey breast.
- Sprinkle well with salt and pepper.
- Place breast side down in cooker.
- Add onion, parsley, celery, and butter into cavity.
- Pour wine over top of breast.
- Cook 4-6 hours on high or 7-9 on low (internal temp should read 170 on meat thermometer)
The turkey was moist and flavorful! I think if you leave the skin on, you could probably omit the butter altogether. I reduced the amount by half from the original recipe and it was fine. Also, you can add any seasonings to your turkey that you like. For serving, I removed the skin, and the meat came off the bones so easily! I loved the flavor that the wine gave, but as noted in the recipe, you could easily substitute another liquid. (The alcohol cooks out of the wine, and my kids did not notice any unusual flavor, but I did notice the wine a little.) I’m so excited that I have discovered such an easy way to prepare turkey!
Kim is the author of Makin’ it Mo’Betta and blogs about life with 3 kids, 2 crazy dogs, and adventures in the kitchen!