This slow cooker turkey crown is the perfect way to cook turkey breast, keeping it moist, juicy, and most of all, hassle free.
It's a really simple process to prepare and cook, with the added bonus that the cooking liquid becomes a delicious gravy, with very little effort.
This recipe will happily feed 6 as the main event for a festive roast, leaving the oven free for the side dishes and saving you time and money.
Simple, easy and delicious hot or cold.
I've had my crock pot slow cooker for over 30 years and it's still going strong! I still use it at least twice a week and it's probably my favourite gadget because it's just so easy to use. There's just 2 switches for high and low.
Of course, at the time of writing this, global energy costs have soared and I am really conscious of how much energy I use for cooking.
On average, it costs £1 an hour to run an oven, and only 5p for a slow cooker, so it makes perfect sense to use it often, especially for an expensive time of the year like Christmas.
Turkey breast has a tendency to be dry, so the slow cooker is the perfect place to ensure that it keep moist as it cooks, and the mirepoix stock is the basis for a delicious gravy at the end.
This is a great idea for smaller gatherings of up to 6 people, and is stress free too. There's no worrying about whether the legs are cooked or worrying how to fit it all in the oven. The oven can be on for less than an hour to do the roast potatoes, stuffing and pigs in blankets.
❤️ Why you will love this recipe
- No basting or hassle changing temperatures.
- Economical to cook at about 20 pence.
- Gravy cooks at the same time.
- Frees up space for side dishes in the oven.
- Moist and juicy turkey meat.
- Easy to carve.
- Perfect for smaller gatherings.
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- Turkey - turkey crown, which is a turkey joint of the breast meat on the bone only, without the legs or wings. Defrosted if frozen. A 2 kg crown will take approximately 30 hours to defrost in a refrigerator and needs to be cooked within 48 hours.
- Stock - chicken stock from a stock cube or homemade.
- Tarragon - dried tarragon.
- Carrots - any type of carrots.
- Onion - brown onion.
- Celery - 2 sticks of celery.
- Salt - cooking or kosher salt.
- Pepper - freshly ground black pepper.
- Oil - olive or vegetable oil.
- Butter - salted or unsalted.
The recipe card with ingredient quantities and detailed instructions can be found at the bottom of the post.
- low cooker - crock pot with 3.5 litre or 5.3 pint capacity
- frying pan / skillet
- sharp knife
- chopping board
- wooden spoon
- slotted spoon
- kitchen towel
- aluminium foil
Preheat the slow cooker on the HIGH setting, while you prepare the ingredients.
Peel the carrot and onion, wash the celery, and trim the ends.
Chop the vegetables into small pieces.
The vegetables will form part of the mirepoix stock.
💭 Top Tip
- Mirepoix is a French term for the combination of onions, carrots and celery cooked slowly, without caramelising or colouring. The aim is to bring out the natural sweetness and flavour of the vegetables as the basis for a sauce.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the vegetables over a low to medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Transfer the vegetables to the slow cooker with a slotted spoon.
Bring the turkey to room temperature about an hour before cooking.
Pat the turkey dry with kitchen paper and season the breast.
Add the butter to the remaining oil in the frying pan over a medium heat.
Brown the turkey breast for a few minutes, as it won't get any browner in the slow cooker.
Put the turkey on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker or crock pot.
Add the stock and tarragon to the pan and bring to the boil.
Use a wooden spoon to loosen any bits stuck to the pan.
Pour the hot stock around the turkey.
⏲️ Slow Cooking Time
Cook the turkey for 4 hours, or until the juices run clear.
Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes on a plate, covered loosely in foil.
Skim off any fat from the surface of the mirepoix stock, then transfer the liquid to a blender and process until smooth.
- Take care when blending hot liquid as it can quickly increase in volume and spill over. If in any doubt, blend in batches.
Transfer the gravy to a saucepan and season to taste.
Warm the gravy over a medium heat to serve.
- If you have the oven on you can put the slow roast turkey crown in the oven for 20 minutes to brown.
- It's easier to carve if you remove each breast and then cut thick slices across the breast. This way, each portion gets some turkey skin.
🥗 Serve with
- Pork Stuffing
- Cranberry Sauce
- Honey Roast Carrots and Parsnips
- Roast Chantenay Carrots
- Roast Green Beans and Carrots
- Long Stem Broccoli
- Roasted Swede
- Baked Cauliflower Cheese
- Cabbage with Onion and Bacon
- Leeks in White Sauce
- Easy Roast Potatoes
- Turkey crown - use a turkey breast joint instead but reduce the cooking time. As a guide allow an hour for each 500 grams or pound of meat.
This recipe is designed to be as economical as possible, however, you can add a few tweeks to make it more luxurious.
- Use a tablespoon of fresh tarragon instead of dried.
- Deglaze the frying pan with 100 ml of dry white wine and allow to reduce for a few minutes before adding the stock.
- Add a tablespoon of quince jelly or redcurrant jelly to enrich the gravy.
- Refrigerator - cool, cover and keep for up to 5 days.
- Freezer - wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator
- To reheat - wrap in foil and reheat in the oven at 180 C / 350 F / 160 FAN / Gas 4 or use in stir fries, pasta or curry dishes.
🍱 Prepare in Advance
- Make the slow cooker turkey crown and gravy a few days in advance if you prefer.
It would be difficult to cook a whole turkey throughly in a slow cooker, but a breast or crown can be cooked safely if you keep the following in mind.
Make sure that the turkey crown fits into the slow cooker with the lid fitting properly.
The turkey must be fully defrosted before cooking and brought to room temperature.
The stock must be boiling when it is added to the pot.
Avoid lifting the lid too often as this will reduce the temperature.
At the end of cooking time the juices should run clear. If you have a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should be between 65 and 70 Celsius, (149 -158 Fahrenheit).
More slow cooker recipes
- Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole
- Slow Cooker Christmas Pudding
- Slow Cooker Brisket and Gravy
- Slow Cooker Beef Cheeks
Slow Cooker Turkey Crown
- low cooker - crock pot with 3.5 litre or 5.3 pint capacity
- Frying pan / skillet
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Wooden spoon
- Slotted spoon
- kitchen towel
- Aluminium foil
- 2.2 kg turkey crown
- 400 ml chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon tarragon dried
- 1 carrot large
- 1 onion
- 2 sticks celery
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoon butter
- Preheat the slow cooker on the HIGH setting.
- Peel the carrot and onion, wash the celery, and trim the ends.
- Chop the vegetables into small pieces.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the vegetables over a low to medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Transfer the vegetables to the slow cooker with a slotted spoon.
- Pat the turkey dry with kitchen paper and season the breast.
- Add the butter to the pan over a medium heat and brown the turkey breast for a few minutes,
- Put the turkey on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker.
- Add the stock and tarragon to the pan and bring to the boil. Use a wooden spoon to loosen any bits stuck to the pan.
- Pour the hot stock around the turkey.
- Cook the turkey for 4 hours, or until the juices run clear.
- Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes on a plate, covered loosely in foil.
- Skim off any fat from the surface of the mirepoix stock, then transfer the liquid to a blender and process until smooth.
- Transfer the gravy to a saucepan and season to taste.
- Warm the gravy over a medium heat to serve.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
Detailed instructions for this recipe, including step by step photographs, hints and tips, can be found in the main article
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- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat.
- Wash hands after touching raw meat.
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds.
- Always have good ventilation when using gas.
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I've never cooked turkey in the slow cooker! Looks like a great method for an easy meal. All the photos and tips are very helpful. Thanks!
I love that this is a space saver and made in the slow cooker and not the oven. Can't wait to give it a try for Thanksgiving!
I appreciate a good slow cooker meal! This looks delicious.
This platter looks like a Meat Feast platter. Simple quick and easy recipe. Yummy bites with a burst of flavors.
This looks so good. I love the way I can get all the flavor of classic roast turkey without having to cook it for so long.
This was so incredibly tender and made the house smell amazing! A great option, especially when you need the oven for other sides and such!
Oh wow, this is exactly what I have been looking for to make over this holiday season. Can't wait now!
Tender, moist, and juicy. This is also a great way to free up my oven on Thanksgiving day.
Oh yum! Such a great turkey recipe for the upcoming holidays. I love those flavors and how easily it all comes together in the slow cooker.
This would be perfect to make for a smaller Thanksgiving dinner! Looks so delicious too. 🙂
This is how we make our Christmas dinner. So much easier than using the oven.
This turkey crown recipe is perfect for small holiday get-togethers. The fact that it makes its own gravy is a bonus too.
What a great idea to make the turkey in the slow cooker for the holidays! This will free up my oven and make things so much easier in the kitchen!
So happy I found this recipe. We don't eat turkey at Christmas here in Italy but I have family from the UK coming and wanted to cook a small turkey for them. Of course, small turkey's don't exist so a turkey crown is the answer!
This turned out really good!! Everyone at my house loved it!
I love it!! Turned out so juicy and delicious!!
Found the perfect thanksgiving dinner. This is so easy and delicious to make.