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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Louisa Clements
Use the crockpot this Thanksgiving with this recipe for slow cooker turkey breast made with sage, lemon and white wine for a perfectly moist turkey breast.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time6 hours 10 minutes
Total Time6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 6 lb bone-in turkey breast, anywhere between 4-6lbs will work.
  • 6-8 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 tsp salt, Use 1 1/2 tsp if doing a 4lb turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup no-salt chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • 2 tbsp butter, cubed


  • Loosen skin of turkey breast: slide fingers underneath, careful not to tear the skin and arrange sage leaves. Season all over with salt and pepper.
  • Heat canola oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Sear turkey, skin side down for 2-3 minutes per side, until skin is a light golden colour. Transfer to slow cooker insert.
  • Reduce heat to low, add chicken broth and white wine, scraping brown bits off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Cook for 2 minutes. Pour broth mixture over turkey. Arrange cubed butter over turkey. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until an instant read thermometer reaches 165F. 5 hours for a smaller, 4lb turkey breast, 6 hours for a larger breast.
  • Remove and let rest for 10 minutes, then thinly slice. (Reserve the bones and reserve for homemade turkey broth).

To make a simple pan sauce/gravy:

  • Strain liquid form the slow cooker, boil in a small saucepan until reaching desired thickness, about 12-15 minutes.


  1. This recipe can be scaled down, I've made this recipe with a 2lb turkey breast for 4-5 hours on low, alter amounts of sage (3-4 leaves) and salt (3/4 tsp to 1 tsp).
  2. If you want to make a more traditional (i.e. thicker) gravy instead of a thinner pan sauce, you can thicken with a cornstarch slurry (use equal parts cornstarch and chicken broth--start with 1 tbsp of each--and whisk into the boiling liquid when making the sauce). Add more chicken broth and white wine as needed, depending on the amount of gravy you are looking for. 
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Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 642 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 252mg84%
Sodium 1635mg71%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 90g180%
Vitamin A 118IU2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. If you have any specific dietary concerns, please consult with your healthcare practitioner.