My cranky old 1934 oven is very small and slow, so I devised this method of cooking holiday meals. The slow cooker keeps the turkey breast moist, and cooking the dressing in the same cooker gives it a wonderful flavor.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
4 hrs 10 mins
total:
4 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 whole turkey breast
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onions and celery in the hot butter until onions are translucent, about 8 minutes; remove from heat.

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  • Place a plastic slow cooker liner into a 6-quart slow cooker. Place dry bread stuffing into the liner bag and sprinkle contents of seasoning packet over the bread. Stir cooked onions and celery, cranberry sauce, 1/2 cup melted butter, chicken broth, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into the dressing mix, taking care not to pierce the bag.

  • Rinse turkey breast and pat dry with paper towels; season turkey breast with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Push the dressing mixture to the edge of the cooker and lay the turkey breast into the slow cooker with the pop-up timer facing upward.

  • Cook on High until the pop-up timer in the turkey breast pops, 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Transfer turkey breast to a cutting board and let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Transfer dressing to a serving bowl and serve alongside turkey.

Cook's Notes:

If you plan to make gravy, use 1 1/2 cups instead of 1/2 cup of broth to cook the turkey; when the turkey is done, remove it to a cutting board and dip 2 cups of pot liquor from the slow cooker and bring to a boil in a skillet. Mix another half-cup of pot liquor with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch; add to the skillet, stirring until it incorporates and thickens. Taste gravy for seasoning. Meanwhile, using a slotted spoon, place the dressing in an ovenproof pan and bake it uncovered for 15 or 20 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) to dry it out.

If you are not ready to serve when it is done, turn the cooker to warm and leave the lid on.

Nutrition Facts

512 calories; protein 53.6g; carbohydrates 30.5g; fat 18.3g; cholesterol 122.5mg; sodium 1538.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2012
This was great! I was worried about the dressing, it did turn out really wet, but the taste was very good. The way I fixed the problem with the wet dressing was to put into a dish and put it the oven at 350. It took about 20 minutes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/04/2013
This recipe sure did not work out for me. My turkey breast was just a little over 6 pounds, I have a 7-qt crockpot so I should have had plenty of room. The turkey breast was still raw on top after 4.5 hours, and the stuffing was dreadful, burned on the bottom. I ended up getting out my roasting pan so I could get the turkey cooked. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2012
This was great! I was worried about the dressing, it did turn out really wet, but the taste was very good. The way I fixed the problem with the wet dressing was to put into a dish and put it the oven at 350. It took about 20 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/04/2013
This recipe sure did not work out for me. My turkey breast was just a little over 6 pounds, I have a 7-qt crockpot so I should have had plenty of room. The turkey breast was still raw on top after 4.5 hours, and the stuffing was dreadful, burned on the bottom. I ended up getting out my roasting pan so I could get the turkey cooked. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2013
Great way to cook the turkey breast. Turned out nice and moist. You do not get the pretty brown skin on the turkey but I just didn't let anyone see it before I carved it. The stuffing is too moist when you take out the turkey but I added about 1/4 of a bag of more stuffing bread cubes and put it in the oven with my other casseroles for 30 minutes and it was perfect - VERY tasty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2016
I made a few changes after reading the reviews. 1st off I left out the whole cranberries. I like to have mine cold on the side. 2nd I used turkey tenderloins about 1.5 lbs. next time I intend to season more turkey was a bit bland. I used enough chicken stock to moisten stuffing bread cubes not just 1/2 cup. Plus I used 3/4 stick butter instead of whole just because that is what I had on hand. Only needed to cook on low for 3 hours then 1/2 hour on high. Put gravy over it and it was wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2016
I used box of stove top and eliminated the cranberry sauce (yuk.) This recipe was so easy and delish. It was done on high at 3 hours and 50 minutes. I was impressed. The next time I think I'll cook it on low. I also let the dressing sit in a strainer for awhile before putting it in the oven. It was so tasty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2018
I ve now made this twice. Second time used two boxes of Turkey Stovetop Stuffing and that resolved runny dressing issue. Only used 1 large onion (instead of 1.5) and did not add salt since I thought dressing mix would cover that. Used 2.5 lbs of boneless turkey tenderloin. Put a base of 3 celery sticks then added turkey then combined dressing and all extras and spooned around edge of turkey. Covered and Cooked on low for 5 hours. Feeds 4 fully with some leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2018
This was pretty good. I hardly ever use my slow cooker but decided to give this a try. I didn't care much for the stuffing mix because it got pretty mushy but the turkey itself was pretty good. I think it's a great way for a busy cook to get dinner ready since it is easy to put together in a hurry. Thanks for this idea! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2016
Delicious slow cooker recipe! I couldn't find a bone-in turkey breast so I had to use a Butterball turkey "roast." Those come with a gravy pouch so I poured the gravy over the meat before cooking. Very flavorful and satisfying meal for my family. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2017
This was certainly a unique meal. My husband made this for us on Christmas Day. We weren't for sure how it would turn out because of the cranberry sauce but we were pleasantly surprised with the flavor. We had to cut some of the breast to get it to fit into the slow cooker. Also the dressing turned out to be gravy because of how moist it was but it was delicious gravy. We will definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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