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4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Whole Turkey

4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Whole Turkey

How did we already get mid-way through November? Seems like it was just Halloween. I actually made this recipe to share last week, but I've been so busy that I didn't have time to actually get to it. I'll admit that I was probably a little distracted while planning my trip to NYC, but I've finally caught up on sleep. Mostly. I'm so happy that it's Sunday, going to do a little cleaning, football watching and luckily I can record The Walking Dead to watch later because the game is playing at the same time. Phew. Loving modern conveniences right about now.

sliced moist slow cooker turkey

Now on to the turkey! I wanted to make something that was really easy to do. I mean cooking a turkey is no easy feat, or is it? First of all, you need to make sure it's going to fit in your slow cooker. This is really, really, truly very important. You're not going to be able to cram in 2o pounds of any kind of meat in a tiny Crock Pot.  So, let's keep the turkey on the small side.

I got this recipe idea from this Turkey Breast of Wonder post over at Jamie Cooks It Up.  She recommending using a 5-6 pound turkey and that totally worked for perfectly in my 5 quart slow cooker.

small turkey inside of a slow cooker

There are only few ingredients to this and the result is a oven-free sumptuous moist whole turkey ready to be served on the big day, or since it's so easy... any day really.

Now, I'm going to happily admit that I've been spoiled year after year. I've only had to make about one turkey on my own. 

slices of turkey stacked on a plate

I remember practically crying when I held that giant thing in the sink to give it a rinse.

turkey slices with gravy being poured over it

Not my cup of tea or gravy as the case may be. So this smaller and easy option is definitely more my style. Plus, it keeps the oven free for sides and pies. gorgeous sliced turkey layered on a dish

What a dream! Keep in mind it wont serve a giant crowd. Probably more for 4-6 people if you're sticking with the 5-6 lb turkey. sliced turkey with gravy on top

4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Whole Turkey

This recipe comes from the Turkey Breast of Wonder recipe at Jamie Cooks It Up. I didn't change any of the ingredients. I did accidentally omit the salt and pepper. She says that you can swap out the orange juice for broth if needed. I had OJ, so I went for it.  

This truly is Turkey Breast of Wonder and beyond! I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did.

I'm not one for following directions, so I'm going to explain how I put this recipe together below. Easy and delish!

fork full of moist thanksgiving turkey

Make sure to use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature. The minimum internal temperature  for safely cooked turkey should be 165 °F.

Other things to note about cooking a turkey in the slow cooker, adding stuffing will add extra cook time and consideration. This recipe does not include stuffing, but keep in mind these two things. 1) The turkey's form will not be like the Griswold's Christmas Turkey (on the outside anyway).  If you're serving company, plan on slicing and serving on a platter. 2) If you venture to cook it with a stuffing, make sure that the internal temperature of that stuffing is also a minimum of 165 °F.  If you want to add a little form to your turkey, you could easily add lemon halves or stocky vegetables to keep it simple.

sliced turkey on a plate served with cranberry sauce

It's all gravy! Okay, a note about the gravy. The original recipe tells you how to make a gravy from the juices and some other ingredients. My family didn't like it that much, so you might want to keep a backup pouch of turkey gravy mix on hand. Just in case.

And, that's it!

sliced turkey with gravy on top

4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Whole Turkey

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Slow Cooker Turkey with only 4 ingredients. Perfect for smaller gatherings.

Ingredients

  • 1 (5-6 pound) bone-in turkey breast
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 ( 14 ounce) can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 (1 ounce ) package Lipton Onion Soup Mix

Instructions

    1. Add orange juice and can of whole cranberry sauce to your slow cooker
    2. Rub the package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix all over your turkey.
    3. Place the turkey in the slow cooker
    4. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top on the turkey
    5. Cook on low for about 8 hours.
    6. Take out, let it rest for 5-7 minutes 
    7. Slice and Serve 

Notes

THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT COOKING A TURKEY IN A SLOW COOKER:

Make sure to use a food thermometer to check internal temperature.  The minimum internal temperature for safely cooked turkey should be 165 degree F. 

Adding stuffing will add extra cook time and consideration.  This recipe does not include stuffing, but keep in mind these two things: 

  1. The turkey's form will not be like the Griswold's Christmas Turkey (on the outside anyway). If you are serving company, plan on slicing and serving on a platter
  2. If you venture to cook with a stuffing, make sure that the internal temperature of that stuffing is also a minimum of 165 degrees F.  
  3. Once turkey is fully cooked, you can add it to your broiler to get make the skin crisp. Keep a close eye on it as to not burn.

If you want to add a little form to your turkey, you could easily add lemon halves or stocky vegetables to keep it simple. 

Ooh and by the way, I did get some cleaning done and tossed a spiced holiday chicken in my slow cooker. Look for that recipe over the next couple of days. This should be epic! So, what are your plans for turkey day?  Are you cooking or bumming a delicious meal off someone else?  (Tee hee)

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Ginger Moser

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Cooking in a slow cooker will not give you that golden skin.

Dawn Lopez

Thursday 5th of November 2020

It's the soup mix that gives it the color....

Janice Fisher

Monday 18th of November 2019

If I use my roaster can I use the same ingredients? I'm sure I will have to use more of all ingredients.

Kimberly

Saturday 29th of November 2014

Yummy! Pinned and tweeted. Lou Lou Girls

Tiffany (A Mom's Take)

Tuesday 18th of November 2014

Seriously, only 4 ingredients, that's impressive. I've got to try to make this with our turkey leftovers this year.

Lisa

Tuesday 18th of November 2014

Why am I not surprised that you put a turkey into a crock pot. This looks really tasty. If I do this, it frees up the oven. Yay!

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