Crock-Pot Turkey Breast and Gravy

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“Not liking the looks of the skin on my turkey breast, I removed it, then brined the turkey. Worried that it would dry out in the oven without the skin to protect it, I decided to use my slow cooker to cook it. I totally winged it so measurements are approximate, but I was so pleased with the ease of preparation and the results yielded that I had to post this. It makes the richest broth from the carrot, celery and onion that makes the tastiest gravy, and I am a huge gravy fan! And with the skin removed there was no need to skim fat from it. The carrots were delicious to eat too! I'm not sure if the brine was necessary, but I wanted a way to preserve it until I could cook it the next day, and it definitely helped to keep it moist and tasty. It wasn't salty, but I may brine skin-on next time and then remove it to see if there is a difference. I hope you enjoy it!”
4hrs 10mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Remove skin if desired, and brine turkey the night before. (I used a mixture of water and apple juice to total 1 gallon, with 1 cup kosher salt, 1 cup of brown sugar, peppercorns, rosemary, dried thyme, cloves, bay leaves, allspice, garlic and sliced onion--but use any brine you like).
  2. Rinse turkey thoroughly and pat dry.
  3. Rub with olive oil, followed by seasonings and spices.
  4. Place carrots, onion and celery in bottom of slow cooker.
  5. Place turkey on top of vegetables.
  6. Add enough stock to cover vegetables.
  7. Cook on high 1 hour, and low until done, 3-6 hours depending on your slow cooker (mine cooks fast and too hot) and size of turkey (mine was 5 lbs). I checked the temperature after 3 1/2 hours and it was done at 165 degrees, but I kept it on warm until dinner since it was done much earlier than I expected.
  8. Remove turkey and let rest while you make gravy.
  9. To make gravy, measure 2 cups of broth from the slow cooker. Even though you only added about a cup or so of stock, the turkey and veg. make more juice. Careful, it's hot! I turned off my cooker about a half hour earlier so it wouldn't be as scalding.
  10. Melt butter over med. heat and whisk in flour for 2-3 minute to make a blonde roux.
  11. Slowly add stock while constantly stirring until desired consistency reached. Season with salt and pepper to taste, but taste it first because mine needed no salt.

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a