Mar 29, 2013

Crock Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy



Juicy slow cooked turkey breast with rich turkey gravy, all in your crock pot. This was my first time making a turkey breast in the crock pot, but it won't be my last!

What an easy way to prepare turkey breast that doesn't require too much attention. The vegetables are first browned with a roux on the stove to ensure the gravy has a rich flavor base, then it's all slow cooked in the crock pot. At the end, I simmered the braising liquid on the stove until it reduced and thickened into a delicious, easy gravy.


I modified this recipe from the Slow Cooker Revolution cookbook. It's a great base, and I can see playing around with the ingredients in this recipe.

Madison, my toddler said yummy juicy meat (that meant she liked it) and my husband was thrilled there were mashed potatoes AND gravy on his plate. This was like a mini Thanksgiving feast, I made some skinny mashed potatoes on the side, (you could also make cauliflower mash if you want to go low carb) and I also served this with some sauteed broccolini which is not pictured.

Today, I guess I'll be making some turkey noodle soup with the leftovers!


Slow Cooker Turkey and Gravy
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: about 10 • Size: 4 oz breast, 1/4 cup gravy • Old Points: 4 • Points+:
Calories: 167 • Fat: 3.7 g • Protein: 20.5 g • Carb: 11 g • Fiber: 1 g • Sugar: 4.5 g
Choles: 53 • Sodium: variesy by brand of turkey and chicken broth

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped medium
  • 1 celery rib, chopped medium
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4-5 lb whole bone-in turkey breast, skin on, trimmed of fat
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Melt butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic and cook until onion is soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in flour and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of broth and scrape up any browned bits and smooth out any lumps; transfer to slow cooker.


Stir in remaining broth, water, wine, sage, and bay leaves into the slow cooker. Season turkey with salt and pepper, place skin side up in the slow cooker, cover and cook 5 to 7 hours on low, or until the turkey reaches 165 degrees with an instant-read thermometer.


Transfer turkey to a cutting board tent loosely with with foil and let it rest 20 minutes. Let braising liquid settle for 5 minutes, then remove the fat from the surface using a large spoon or a gravy fat separator. Strain braising liquid into saucepan, discard celery, bay leaves and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Discard the skin and carve the turkey and serve with gravy. Makes 2 1/2 cups of gravy.

87 comments :

  1. This looks amazing! I am writing up a shopping list as we speak and adding a few of these ingredients to it to make this next week.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Amanda
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  2. I agree with Amanda above! This looks great.. Love that you can out it in the crock pot and go...

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  3. Looks Fantastic! I think I might try searing it first, that would be the only thing I would change. Thanks for sharing:)

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    1. I'm with you JoyRox. I sear ALL meats 1st before finishing in slow cooker.

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  4. An awesome dish! Great to make this during the weekend for my family :)

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  5. I just "found" my crockpot when spring cleaning last weekend and thought, "I need to find some new recipes for this".

    This will be my first one!

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  6. So excited to try this! Thanks for the recipe!

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  7. Do you think I could do this in a dutch oven? My crockpot tends to burn things and they come out with a funny flavor.

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    1. That used to happen to me with my old crock pot, I threw it out and bought a new one (Hamilton Beach) and now I never have that strange burnt taste. I'm sure this would be fine in the oven on low, in a Dutch oven.

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  8. I cannot wait to try this. I have yet to make one of your recipes that wasn't absolutely incredible, and I'm sure this will be no exception.
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  9. I just make slow cooker turkey breast this week, but it was no where near as fancy as yours! I'd like to share that I use the stay-or-go crock pot that has a lid that locks down. If you don't have one of these, you may need to weight your crock pot lid down with something. I've made crock pot turkey breast half a dozen times, and I am hard-pressed to find a turkey breast that fits in my large crock pot without the lid popping up a bit, which will release all the heat and moisture.

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    1. I have the same one! But my breast was pretty small.

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  10. I've done Turkey Breast in the crock pot before and it turns out ALWAYS so yummy and juicy!! I'm making your recipe for Easter Dinner this Sunday. Thanks Gina!!

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  11. SO this might seem obvious but is the turkey breast frozen or thawed? It looks thawed but I know a lot of crock recipes say keep the turkey frozen. I think it adds to the cook time if it is frozen so I am all for thawing!

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  12. Can you use a boneless turkey breast?

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    1. Do we need to adjust the cooking time with a boneless turkey breast? Not sure anything bigger would fit in my crockpot. :-/

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    2. Do we need to adjust the cooking time with a boneless turkey breast? Not sure anything bigger would fit in my crockpot. :-/

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    3. The turkey should be 165 degrees, so adjust accordingly.

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    4. Yes, you can use a boneless turkey breast roast. I did and it worked great. I would suggest checking the temp at around 4 hours. Mine was a 4.75 lb. breast and was plenty done by 5 hours, 40 minutes.

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  13. Oh, this just seems too fabulous. A must try! Besides .. I am sooo looking for something different to eat. Kinda getting tired of chicken, ground beef etc.

    Monica
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  14. That turkey looks so moist and juicy!

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  15. So smart to do this in the CrockPot! I'd love to try this sometime. Thanks, Gina!

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  17. I bought my turkey breast today. Can't wait to try this! Looks like the turkey stayed intact and sliceable -- sometimes I end up shredding poultry cooked in the crock pot -- still tasty, but slicing would be great!

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  18. Just pinned this recipe on Pinterest. Its a must try!

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  19. Would it kill the recipe if i'd omit the wine?

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  20. To make this gluten free for hubby, could I substitute corn starch for flour or use a gluten free flour (brown rice, garfava, etc.)? Would it thicken and taste ok?

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    1. I don't know how the gravy would taste with a different flour, I might leave out the flour, then when you simmer the liquid down, add the cornstarch at the end.

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    2. Art4vr - I have to eat gluten-free, and for sauces and gravies, I usually just do a half/half mix of a starch (like cornstarch or arrowroot) to a half of gluten-free rice flour, in the same amount as the original recipe calls for. Works the same as regular flour, and no odd taste (although if something uses a LOT of flour, it may taste a little gritty from the rice flour, unless it is superfine rice flour).

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    3. Perhaps leave out the flour, then in the very end when you simmer the sauce add a bit of cornstarch.

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  21. Oh my gosh - I want to make this recipe!!

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  22. I have a 7lb turkey breast...can i still do this?

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    1. If it fits in your crock pot? I would double the recipe.

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  23. If using a 4-5 pound boneless turkey breast, how is the cooking time adjuted?

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    1. Using a thermometer will give you an accurate cook time.

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  24. YUM! this looks delicious, can't wait to try it out, thanks for sharing!

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  25. I was just eyeing a turkey breast yesterday at the store, thinking about buying it. But I didn't. What perfect timing for this recipe. Think I'll go back and get one tomorrow, because this looks great and so easy!

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  26. I just have to say I made this yesterday in my dutch oven and it was FABULOUS! The turkey was moist and tender, the gravy was super flavorful, and it was just fantastic! I now have a new go to recipe for special occasions! Your blog is awesome!!!

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  27. I will say that I love most of your recipes, but this was ridiculously good. Made it exactly as written, cooked on low for 7 hours. Served with some separately roasted carrots and a green salad. SO delicious.

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  28. This looks delish and so great for a weeknight meal! I was just saying how I should make turkey breast more often because I love it and get so sick of chicken all time!

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  29. Making this right now and can't wait to see how it turns out. I had to substitute Mrs.Dash for the sage b/c silly me forgot to pick some up at the grocery store. Also, my husband bought a preseasoned turkey breast roaster instead of what I asked for, so we'll see how it turns out - hopefully just as yummy as yours! Can't wait for dinner tonight :)

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  30. I've got this in the crock pot right now. Can't wait to get home tonight and try it. I totally stunk up the house with sautéed onions at 6:45 am before I left for work! :) I've never done a turkey in the crock pot before.

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  31. Did you take the carrots out when you took out the celery or did you simmer them with the gravy?

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  32. Wow, this was absolutely awesome, will definitely do again! I did remove the bay leaves at the gravy making stage but all the rest I pureed and it was an excellent gravy. Even meant those that don't like veges got some without even knowing!

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  33. I'm making this for dinner tonight. Just got everything into the crockpot. I'm using a boneless turkey breast. It already smells heavenly in here.

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  34. I, too, forgot to pick up sage so I used poultry seasoning. It smells so good in here! Can't wait to try it later. This is perfect for us southerners - turkey breast without having to heat up the whole house!

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  35. Can this be made without the wine?

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  36. I'm also wondering if there's a good substitution for wine. I saw above that adding more broth may do the trick, but I am very open to other suggestions. I don't drink wine, so I'd end up buying the bottle just for the small amount used in the recipe. Thanks in advance!

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    1. Just buy the small bottle of cooking wine in the condiment aisle near the vinegar. Its cheap and small enough to easily store.

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  37. How important is the sage to the flavor of the recipe? I have a bunch of thyme leftover from another recipe and I'm wondering if I could use that instead.

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  38. I made this last night and it was amazing. I completely left out the wine and the gravy was so good. I think the sage is needed or I guess any herb but my gravy was so tasty.

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  39. I made this last night and it was a HUGE hit. Didn't have any wine on hand so I used cooking sherry and it was still amazing. Will definitely be adding this to the regular recipe rotation. Thanks, Gina!!

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  40. Could I make the gravy/veggies the night before (I'm not sure how the gravy would work in the fridge)? I'd ideally like to put it in the crock pot in the morning before work, but won't have time in the morning to make the gravy.

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  41. Do you think I could do this turkey breast without the gravy? I LOVE turkey breast but would like to make it for other things throughout the week (ie: sandwiches for lunch). Do you think I could just put it in the crockpot with some chicken broth?

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  42. This looks delicious especially now that we are coming into the holiday season...my mouth is watering! Both my hubby and I prefer dark meat, would you have any recommendations for using that instead of a breast? My husband works nights, so i'm thinking of making some crockpot dishes for him to eat when he wakes up and also has the option of taking with him to work. Thanks!! :D

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  43. Look yummy! Do you have a flour substitute suggestion that would work for gluten free? Corn starch?

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  44. My mom has always made turkey breasts in the crock pot. It is one of my favorite meals. I prefer it to the traditional, cooked in the oven, turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. In fact, when I was pregnant (both times), I was crazy sick with hyperemesis. Turkey in the crock pot was one of the few things that ever sounded good to me. My mom made it for me every few weeks. Makes the best leftovers. I love eating it paired up with cheese. Yum! I am glad to see your take on it!

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  45. It looks so tempting that i am going to try cooking it during the week . Thank you for sharing it . If i will to use chicken instead of turkey is that ok?

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  46. My family raved about this turkey! I was in a rush this morning so I skipped cooking the vegetables in a skillet first. I put it all in the crock and rested the turkey on top. It could not have be better!!!! And the gravy was wonderful.

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  47. The turkey breast I got from my butcher didn't have a bone. Do you think it will still work here, or get too dry in the slow cooker? How would you adjust the cooking time?

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  48. What size & shape slow cooker?? Do you use for this recipe

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  49. Amanda How many LBS is the turkey that is boneless?

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  50. Can this be cooked on high for less time? if so, how long for a 5 lb bone in breast?
    thx!

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  51. I have never used garlic in cooking turkey. I am hesitant about using the garlic.

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  52. Will this turn out good with a boneless, skinless turkey breast? I need to feed 5 so do you think I can cook two turkey breasts together, one on top of the other?

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    1. I used a boneless turkey breast (with skin). Mine was 4.75 lb. and was enough to feed 5 people. Remember there are no bones, so it is almost 5 lbs. of solid meat. Personally I would not stack two birds.

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  53. Question: My boyfriend hunts wild turkeys... They're a bit tougher than a store-bought turkey breast. Do you think your as-is recipe will work for this wild turkey breast? We've got three left, and I've used one with the enchilada recipe from your site.

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  54. Help please! Decided to do an after Thanksgiving dinner and found your recipe. Looked delish, decided to use it. Cooked roux and put it in the pot. Turns out, my turkey breast (bone in) is 6+ pounds and doesn't fit, breast side up, in the crock pot! It fits on it's side, so should I cook each side evenly, turning half-way through cooking?

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  55. What if I use a whole turkey? Is that possible?

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  56. can you make this ahead and reheat on day you want to have it? how many days in advance and how would you store it in fridge? can u reheat in crock?

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  57. This is a favorite recipe of ours- but I actually sub the turkey for frozen chicken breasts. Also, I use a submersion blender when complete to pulverize the veggies. It thickens the sauce and the kids never know! Deeelicous!

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  58. made this last night and it was literally the best turkey i've ever eaten in my life!

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  59. I cooked a half turkey breast in crock pot...and it was delish!! In fact my daughter who still lives at home took the some of the leftovers for her lunch today. I know I have a keeper when she takes the leftovers for lunch. :)

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  60. THIS IS FABULOUS!! BEST TURKEY I HAVE EVER HAD. I followed recipe exactly as indicated, but could not find a turkey breast that big, so ended up using 4 smaller ones from Whole Foods. FABULOUS! My entire family loved it. Made it with the Skinny mashed potatoes too, which were also awesome!

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  61. For those asking about making this with a BONELESS turkey breast.

    I made this with a 4.75 lb. Butterball boneless turkey breast roast (the kind with the twine netting around it). I thawed it in the fridge for a few days and then made the recipe as directed.

    I checked the temperature at 5 hours and 40 minutes and it was already measuring well into the 170s temperature range (both Gina and Butterball say you should aim for 165). I was worried that it would be too dry and overcooked, but it was not. It was very moist and tasty.

    I wanted to take another reviewer's advice and puree the carrots and onions in the Vitamix to add to the gravy, but the turkey fat just clung to the veggies and I had a hard time separating it. Instead, I just used a fine mesh sieve to filter out all the solids and boiled just the gravy/cooking liquid (discarding all solids). It was good, but a little bland so I had to add a lot of black pepper to it. The pureed veggies would have added more flavor, but I didn't see a good way to remove the fat from them.

    Leftovers were enjoyed for lunch today, and it was still pretty moist coming out of the microwave.

    We served it with mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, and steamed broccoli.

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  62. My turkey breast is only 2 pounds with bone in and skin on. Can't seem to buy any here over 3 pounds-skinless, boneless or with skin on. Can I use this recipe for it? How long would it take to do it. My crockpot is only a 3.5 quart oval one

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  63. I made this exactly to the recipe, and it was NOT good. I don't know if it was the bay leaves, or something in the mix of seasonings or vegetables, but I threw away the gravy because of the flavor. I could get better gravy from a box! And, of course the flavor of the turkey was not good either - it had the same bad taste, but at least it wasn't as strong.

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  64. Mouth-watering and looks yummy to the tummy so I decided to make one last night. It was a hit! Yay! It was tender and juicy and so full of taste. Thank you for sharing!

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