Learn how to cook a tender and juicy turkey breast in the slow cooker. Flavoured with sage and lemon and served with a delicious homemade white wine gravy. This is the perfect way to make turkey for a small gathering that saves space in your oven for stuffing or Brussels sprouts.
Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday because it’s all about the food! And whether it’s your first time or fifteenth time hosting, the most important thing you can do is to start planning your menu, step one is always to lock down your holiday recipes.
While you’re planning your menu, you’ll inevitably run into the challenge of oven space. Enter the crockpot and your new go-to turkey recipe. If you don’t have a slow cooker, you could also make a turkey breast in the air fryer.
Now I’ll be upfront, if you’re having a large group over, you’ll likely still want to roast a whole bird, but if you’ve got a small crew coming, doing a breast in the slow cooker might be the best decision you make.
Why this recipe works
There are a few simple techniques that take this turkey breast to the next level. A slow cooker is generally more of a moist-cooking vessel and with this recipe, as the turkey cooks it will let off steam.
The steam is essentially locked inside the pot, making this an almost a self-basting turkey which means that it will be extra juicy.
Ingredients you’ll need
- 4-6 lb bone-in, skin-on turkey breast is the hero of this recipe. I always recommend skin-on because the skin is where the flavour lives! Especially when you’re working with a lean meat like turkey.
- Sage gets placed under the skin which is what adds tons of fall flavour the meat while it cooks! If you’re not a fan of sage, you could also use rosemary.
- Salt is a must for all recipes, especially with lean meats.
- White wine is added to the slow cooker insert, it helps to flavour the meat as it cooks and also provides a base for the homemade gravy.
- Chicken broth is combined with the wine to help add moisture to the dish and also create a base for the gravy.
- Butter adds fat and moisture to the recipe.
- Don’t skip the step of searing the meat before adding it to the slow cooker. Not only does this add flavour, but it also leads to a beautiful turkey breast that will impress at the table. If you’re cooking a recipe that doesn’t require you to sear the meat first, it’s not going to look great, so I’d skip those recipes.
- It’s kind of old school, but I love using an electric knife (15,000 4.5 star reviews!) and find it to be the easiest and best way to thinly slice turkey breast. It’s literally worth having for the few times a year that I make turkey.
What to serve this with
There are a few classic side dishes to serve at Thanksgiving, Brussels sprouts with bacon, small batch stuffing recipe perfect for a small crowd and a Thanksgiving chopped salad make for a pretty well rounded dinner.
I always like to add something that’s a bit of surprise, so these mashed sweet potatoes with buttermilk and blue cheese are a fun twist on a classic side.