• Crockpot Turkey Breast

    Crock Pot Turkey Breast Stupid Easy Paleo

    Recently on my Facebook page, I asked what sorts of recipes you all were interested in, and more than one of you mentioned crock pot meals. This recipe is as easy as it gets, and the crock pot (being one of my top 3 favorite kitchen gadgets) is in heavy rotation in my kitchen. These flavors blend nicely for fall and turkey should be increasingly easier to find in the market, but feel free to get creative and mix up different combinations of spices and vegetables (or even use chicken instead). I’ll post some suggestions underneath the recipe.

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    Crockpot Turkey Breast
    • 2-3 lb. (1-1.5 kg) bone-in turkey breast
    • 1 large onion
    • 4-5 carrots
    • 1 cup fresh cranberries
    • 1 lemon or orange
    • 2-3 Tablespoons Herbs de Provence
    • Sea salt and pepper
    1. Prepare the veggies: rough chop the onion and slice the carrots (fairly chunky since you don't want them to disintegrate in the crock pot).
    2. Put the onion and carrot into the crock pot.
    3. Place the turkey breast on top of the veggies.
    4. Sprinkle the turkey breast generously with Herbs de Provence, sea salt and pepper.
    5. Slice the lemon or orange, and arrange the pieces on top of the turkey.
    6. Pour the cranberries over the top.
    7. Pour about ½ cup of water into the bottom of the crock pot.
    8. Set the crock pot on LOW for approximately 5-6 hours (you may want to increase the time if the turkey breast is very large).
    9. Other vegetable / spices combinations:
    10. add cubed raw butternut squash or sweet potato
    11. cumin + chili powder + garlic + smoked paprika with sliced bell peppers and onions
    12. rosemary + garlic
    13. Ras el Hanout spice blend
    "For more details about using a slow cooker instead of a Dutch oven, click here."

    Equipment needed:
    Cutting board
    Crock pot


    Steph Gaudreau is a certified holistic nutrition practitioner, weightlifting and mindset coach, and the author of the best-selling Performance Paleo Cookbook. Her recipes and expert advice have been featured in SELF, Outside Magazine, Elle, and Greatist. Steph loves barbells, cats, and anything Lord of the Rings. She lives in San Diego, CA.

    32 thoughts on “Crockpot Turkey Breast

      1. That’s one of my favorite parts about the crockpot…make a meal that virtually cooks itself and have leftovers for a few days. It’s a win-win!

    1. Do you think a boneless turkey breast “roast” would work? The ones I’ve seen have a netting around them? I’m having a holiday party am looking for “low maintenance” recipes that wont take a lot of my attention. Was the end product juicy?

      1. Hi Rachael…as long as the “roast” is raw and not one of those precooked/reheat-and-eat versions. It came out juicy, yes. One thing I would do to guarantee the turkey be juicy is to brine it first. Have you ever tried that?

        1. I have not tried brining but that’s a good idea! I went ahead and bout a bone in breast. I hope it wont be too difficult to slice up. I have a brine recipe from Melissa Joulwan, I’ll brine it overnight and then throw it in the day of the party!

        2. Hey, I brined the turkey before hand it turned out awesome! More than awesome! I don’t know if you saw, but I blogged it. Thanks for the great recipe. I’ll have to actually eat the veggies next time.

    2. Making this again today with an orange, the herbs de provence, carrots and onions. I have a 5 lb turkey this time though so hopefully that works out with a bit more cooking time. Made it last time with sweet potatoes, onion, carrots, and the cumin spice combo. Amazing!

    3. @ Courtnie, Do you peel the sweet potatoes or just cut ’em up and throw them in? I’ve never cooked them in a crock pot before.

    4. Can I cook a whole turkey using this recipe? What do you think the cook time would be? Its a small-medium size turkey, I don’t know the lb amount off hand. It can fit in my slow cooker though!

    5. Has anyone tried this with a different cut of meat? Would chicken breasts work (maybe skin on bone in breasts?), or maybe a pork tenderloin? Thanks!

      1. Whole chickens work great! Be careful with a cut of meat like pork tenderloin though…because it’s so lean it tends to get dry so you’d have to adjust the cooking time down.

    6. I’ve made this twice with your original recipe using a boneless turkey breast and cooked 5 hours, very juicy! I bought custom oil and vinegar that I’m trying it with today. Rosemary oil and Italian lemon vinegar, used sea salt, carrots, onions and topped woth sliced lemon. I’m sure it will be great. Thank you for this awesome recipe!

    7. This looks delicious! I. Going to buy a boneless turkey breast and try it tomorrow. What would you substitute for the cranberries in the original recipe? Are they essential to keeping the meat from drying out?

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