prep time: 10 mins
cook time: 8 hours
total time: 8 hours 10 mins
serves: 4-6 as a main dish
1 bone-in turkey breast (5-6 pounds), completely thawed
5 stalks celery
2 yellow onions
About a cup (~12-15) baby carrots
1 cup chicken broth
6 tablespoons butter, separated
1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
Optional: 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme*
Make sure the turkey breast is completely thawed — this can take 1-2 days in the fridge so be prepared. It isn’t food safe to thaw a turkey in the crockpot.
Spray a large crockpot (I use a 6 quart crockpot) with nonstick spray.
Place the celery at the bottom. Cut one yellow onion into large chunks and add it to the bottom. Add the baby carrots. Pour the chicken broth on top.
Cut off the skin of the turkey breast (OR leave it on, whatever you prefer — see last paragraph of blog post for more notes on this)
Place the turkey breast, BREAST DOWN on top of the vegetables.
Cut the other onion in half and place inside the turkey with 4 tablespoons butter.
Stir together all of the seasonings and rub all over the turkey. If leaving the skin on, make sure to rub the seasonings under the skin.
Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and, using a pastry brush, brush it all over the turkey.
Cover the crockpot and cook on high for 1 hour and then low for 5-7 hours or until the turkey’s internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F and it is very tender.
Remove the turkey from the crockpot and turn so it is breast up.
Start by removing the wishbone and then remove all the other bones. Take the large pieces of meat and slice them.
TO MAKE GRAVY: Remove the vegetables and strain out the remaining liquid in the slow cooker. Add that liquid to a small pot and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes or until all the fat comes to the surface. Remove the fat and allow the mixture to come to a simmer over medium-low heat. Stir constantly for about 5-10 minutes or until thickened. In a separate bowl, briskly whisk together 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water until completely smooth. Briskly whisk that mixture into the gravy and simmer over low heat until completely thickened. Add salt, pepper, and any other seasonings needed.