When Thanksgiving rolls around, everyone thinks about cooking a large whole turkey. Well, that’s just not practical if you are a small family and you don’t want leftovers for weeks.
This easy slow cooker turkey breast recipe will take the daunting task of cooking a large turkey and turn the main course into an easy recipe.
This crockpot thanksgiving turkey will become a new tradition. It turns out moist and delicious every time! People always leave rave reviews about how this is their favorite way to make Thanksgiving turkey.
If you do want to make a full turkey, be sure to take a look at how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey.
This is also another Thanksgiving recipe that we love to make in our slow cooker to free up space in the oven for other recipes. Thanksgiving is the holiday to let your slow cooker shine, maybe both if you have more than one (like me).
We also love this recipe for Sunday dinner – pair it with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and our homemade turkey gravy and it’s a delicious and easy meal! You can also pair it with some Easy Sweet Cornbread and finish it all off with Pumpkin Dump Cake.
How much turkey does each person need?
The first thing to think about is how much turkey do you ACTUALLY need to make.
If you are wondering how many people your turkey will feed – a good rule of thumb is that whatever your turkey weighs, that is approximately how many people it will feed.
If you know you have a lot of small children, then you may be able to stretch it a little farther than that.
If you want to have leftovers, plan on 1 ½ pounds of turkey per person. This article from the HuffPost is also is a great resource and gives you an idea of how much to cook per person.
What else should you cook for Thanksgiving to pair with this slow cooker turkey?
A few great ideas on what to serve alongside your turkey would be Grandma’s Easy Thanksgiving Stuffing, Homemade Green Bean Casserole (without condensed soup), and our Honey Roasted Cinnamon Butternut Squash.
Ingredients needed to make the best Thanksgiving turkey:
- Turkey breast
- Diced onion
- Dry onion soup mix
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Dried parsley
- Seasoned salt
- Dried oregano
- Dried basil
Tips for making a turkey in the slow cooker:
- Be sure to have the meat thawed before cooking (otherwise the cooking process will take much longer)
- Save the drippings to make delicious turkey gravy
- Use a crockpot liner (like THIS one) to make getting the drippings out of the crockpot EASY!
- To make this recipe, you will want a 6-8 quart slow cooker. This slow cooker will work perfectly! It will not work in the smaller crockpots.
How to make the best slow cooker turkey breast with onion soup mix
Start by spraying the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray (or with the crockpot liner) and place the turkey and diced onions inside the slow cooker on the bottom.
Then, in a small mixing bowl, pour in the water and the onion soup mix. Mix them together until they are fully combined and then spread the onion soup mixture evenly over the outside of the bone-in turkey breast.
Next in another small mixing bowl mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, seasoned salt, dried oregano, and dried basil. Then, simply sprinkle the seasoning mix over top of the turkey inside the crockpot.
Cover the crockpot with the cover and turn it on low for 8-9 hours. You will know it’s done when the turkey is very tender and the seasonings have flavored the meat.
Use a meat thermometer to double-check. Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey breast and make sure that it reads at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit to know that the turkey is fully cooked.
When the turkey has finished cooking, remove it from the slow cooker and slice it to your desired thickness. If you’d like, you could let the breast rest for 5 minutes before slicing as well.
What else to make for Thanksgiving
Our awesome YouTube channel is filled with many of our tried and true recipes where we walk you through step by step. A great recipe to pair with the slow cooker turkey breast would be our super creamy instant mashed potatoes.
Other sides great at Thanksgiving
Desserts recipes to finish the perfect Thanksgiving meal
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