Slow Cooker Citrus and Herb Turkey Breast

This Slow Cooker Citrus and Herb Turkey Breast is, hands down, the most amazing turkey you will ever eat! Juicy, tender, succulent and bursting with flavor, this recipe is a necessary addition to your holiday feast!

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This Slow Cooker Citrus and Herb Turkey Breast is, hands down, the most amazing turkey you will ever eat! Juicy, tender, succulent and bursting with flavor, this recipe is a necessary addition to your holiday feast! | MomOnTimeout.com | #Thanksgiving #Chistmas

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I’m just going to come right out and say this…this recipe will produce THE BEST turkey you’ve ever eaten in your life. Like EVER. I wish I could hand each of you a slice of this turkey right now so you could experience how moist and delicious it is for yourself.

So here’s the deal with turkey, most families make it once a year. We’re not most families :) I love turkey, like really really love it.

This recipe is one I adapted from my favorite roast turkey recipe. I love a good brine and the one I use every Thanksgiving is incredible: oranges and lemons, brown sugar, and fresh herbs – divine!  I wanted the results of a brine without the fuss and this slow cooker version was born.

This Slow Cooker Citrus and Herb Turkey Breast is, hands down, the most amazing turkey you will ever eat! Juicy, tender, succulent and bursting with flavor, this recipe is a necessary addition to your holiday feast! | MomOnTimeout.com | #Thanksgiving #Chistmas

There is no brine in this recipe – thank goodness! The slow cooker does all the work that the brine normally would, keeping this turkey breast incredibly moist and flavorful.

The oranges and herbs hold the turkey in place while providing incredible aromatics to the meat.  It takes all of three minutes to get the turkey into the slow cooker, turn it on, and walk away. Not that is definitely cause for celebration.

This turkey breast is great for small gatherings or family dinners. It also is the perfect way to add extra turkey to your big family gatherings on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I’ve never had luck roasting those giant turkeys – NEVER.

This Slow Cooker Citrus and Herb Turkey Breast is, hands down, the most amazing turkey you will ever eat! Juicy, tender, succulent and bursting with flavor, this recipe is a necessary addition to your holiday feast! | MomOnTimeout.com | #Thanksgiving #Chistmas

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit a family turkey farm to see the operation at work.  I traveled all the way across the country to Charlottesville, Virginia and let me tell you, the scenery alone was worth the trip – so beautiful!  I was invited by Honeysuckle White and Shadybrook Farms (depending on what part of the country you’re in) and I jumped at the opportunity.

I am a total nerd and love to see what’s happening “behind the scenes”.  The farm we visited was one of 700 family farms.  I got to see the baby turkeys – so cute! – and spend time with the farmer and his family. It was so neat to see the faces behind the turkey, so to speak :)

This Slow Cooker Citrus and Herb Turkey Breast is, hands down, the most amazing turkey you will ever eat! Juicy, tender, succulent and bursting with flavor, this recipe is a necessary addition to your holiday feast! | MomOnTimeout.com | #Thanksgiving #Chistmas

Shadybrook Farms and Honeysuckle White had a big announcement for the upcoming holiday season…they are no longer using growth-promoting antibiotics on their turkeys!  Subsequently, all fresh turkeys at stores now are antibiotic free.  The other fantastic news was that we, the consumers, will not see a price increase as a result of this change. Hooray! More turkey for us :)

This Slow Cooker Citrus and Herb Turkey Breast is, hands down, the most amazing turkey you will ever eat! Juicy, tender, succulent and bursting with flavor, this recipe is a necessary addition to your holiday feast! | MomOnTimeout.com | #Thanksgiving #Chistmas

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Slow Cooker Citrus and Herb Turkey Breast
 
Ingredients
  • 1 6-7 pound bone-in turkey breast, skin intact
  • 2 oranges, quartered
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbls olive oil
  • 1 tbls chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tbls chopped fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth or chicken stock
Instructions
  1. Rinse the turkey breast and pat dry.
  2. Place quartered oranges and sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary into the bottom of a large slow cooker.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over turkey breast and sprinkle with chopped thyme, rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste. Rub into the skin.
  4. Place turkey breast into slow cooker and pour chicken broth around the turkey.
  5. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 5-7 hours or until turkey reaches 165 degrees with an instant-read thermometer.
  6. Remove turkey from slow cooker and tent with foil for 20 minutes.
  7. To brown skin, place under broiler for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown and then tent with foil.
  8. Slice and serve.

This Slow Cooker Citrus and Herb Turkey Breast is, hands down, the most amazing turkey you will ever eat! Juicy, tender, succulent and bursting with flavor, this recipe is a necessary addition to your holiday feast! | MomOnTimeout.com | #Thanksgiving #Chistmas

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Disclaimer: I was not paid to share this information about Shadybrook Farms and Honeysuckle White.  I think healthy eating is important to all of us and wanted to share their big announcement with you.  All opinions are, as always 100% my own.

Comments

  1. I love making turkey breast year round, but I was running out of ideas for it. This is perfect. Pinning!
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  2. That is gorgeous! My MIL passes on the whole turkey and makes a few turkey breasts every Thanksgiving!
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  3. Yum! I bet your house smelled amazing with all that citrus in the slow cooker! Send me a slice of turkey? I’m sure it’ll keep.
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  4. That sounded like such an awesome experience to get a behind the scenes! I love that you made this in the slow cooker too! It looks so juicy and flavorful and the citrus herb combination sounds so incredible!

  5. We eat turkey way more than once a year — we love it! You’re so smart to make a turkey breast in the slow cooker — I’ve never done that. And brilliant putting it under the broiler because we have to have that crispy skin! This recipe sounds fabulous and I can’t wait to try it! Pinned. :)
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  6. woman is there anything you can’t do in your slow cooker :) this looks delicious
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  7. Trish this looks amazing and is absolutely brilliant! My way to do a turkey!
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  8. This looks so amazing! I’m adding this to our dinner menu very soon!

  9. Dumb question, but I must confess my ignorance and ask: Do you have to thaw the turkey breast before starting it in the slow cooker, and if so, what method of thawing do you recommend?
    Thanks for any guidance you may give!

  10. Thanks for the thawing instructions. One more question: If browning the cooked turkey breast under the broiler, do you first tent the cooked breast for 20 minutes before broiling? And if yes, do you tent the broiled/browned turkey breast a second time for 20 minutes after it has been under the broiler and before slicing and serving?

  11. this looks amazing and I want to try it for Christmas, but I don’t have a whole turkey breast, I have 2 breast halves with the rib intact. Will this still work and should I alter the directions at all?
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  12. hi! Could you use a roaster instead? Also, what does tenting a turkey mean?

  13. I have a boneless turkey breast half with skin. Any recommendations on adapting the recipe would be appreciated!

  14. Hi, there! Just wondering if you have a guess on how many this serves? I’m hosting about 20 people next week and was wondering if I should double this.

    Thanks! It looks DELISH!

  15. I was wondering how much this would change if I used a whole turkey? I plan to make this for our Thanksgiving dinner!

    • Geez, I don’t really know. I can’t even fit a whole turkey in my slow cooker :) The cooking time would be longer for sure but I’m not sure by how much. Let me know how it turns out if you do give it a try with the whole turkey!

  16. Hi, I would really like to try your recipe. Unfortunately, the turkey breast I bought is too big for my large crock pot. You mentioned you had adapted this recipe from another version, so I was wondering how you would have done it using the oven instead. Thank you!!

    • Yikes! That is a VERY COMPLICATED recipe which is why I haven’t shared it on my blog…yet :) Okay, in the original recipe, the turkey is brined for 24 hours in the following mixture: 1 cup salt, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 oranges (quartered), 2 lemons (quartered), 6 sprigs thyme, 6 sprigs rosemary.
      For the brine: dissolve salt and sugar in 2 gallons of cold water. Add remaining ingredients. Rinse turkey and soak for 4 – 24 hours.
      Rinse the brine off the turkey and pat dry inside and out.
      For roasting: 1 orange (cut into 1/8ths), 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened, salt and pepper, 2 bay leaves, 1 lg yellow onion (cut into 1/8ths), 1 stalk celery and 1 carrot (cut into 1″ pieces), 2 sprigs of thyme and rosemary, 2 cups chicken or turkey stock for basting.
      Rub turkey breasts with orange and rub on all sides with softened butter, stuffing some under the skin. Season with salt and pepper. Stuff turkey with remaining ingredients – in and around the breast cavity.
      Roast at 425F, breast side down, uncovered for 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to 325 and roast for another 30 minutes.
      Remove the turkey from the oven, turn over, and baste with 1/2 cup of stock.
      Continue roasting, breast side up, until a meat thermometer registers it’s done. For a 12 lb turkey we’re talking about 2 1/2 to 3 hours total cooking time. So for a breast, I’d guess an hour less?
      Makes sure to baste the turkey once every hour with the turkey stock.
      Oh my gosh! I sure hope this helps!

      Remove from the oven and place on a platter. Tent with aluminum foil and let rest for 20 minutes before carving.

  17. This was so delicious and easy! Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Wondering if there is a way to keep the turkey warm for an hour or so if it cooks before we’re ready to eat, and not get dry? Would love your input! I am cooking 3, approximately 3 lb turkey breasts per your recipe – two in one crock pot and another in another one so not sure when they will be done but will start checking in 5 hours or maybe even less? Thanks!

  19. Robin Finley says:

    Probably a silly question, but do I put the slow cooker on low or high for this turkey breast?

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