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!
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.
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.
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 :)
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 :)
- 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
- Rinse the turkey breast and pat dry.
- Place quartered oranges and sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary into the bottom of a large slow cooker.
- Drizzle olive oil over turkey breast and sprinkle with chopped thyme, rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste. Rub into the skin.
- Place turkey breast into slow cooker and pour chicken broth around the turkey.
- Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 5-7 hours or until turkey reaches 165 degrees with an instant-read thermometer.
- Remove turkey from slow cooker and tent with foil for 20 minutes.
- To brown skin, place under broiler for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown and then tent with foil.
- Slice and serve.
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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.