Crock Pot Turkey Thighs With White Wine and Garlic

Crockpot turkey with garlic

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
317 Calories
14g Fat
8g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 317
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 137mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 35g
Calcium 62mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Add this simple yet tasty turkey recipe to your list of slow-cooker favorites. Rich turkey thighs, white wine, garlic, and fresh parsley make for a fresh-tasting dish that is bursting with flavor, even though there are only a handful of ingredients. The skin is removed from the thighs before cooking and the meat is browned in a skillet before going into the slow cooker, adding a seared exterior and another layer of flavor to the turkey.

Serve this dish with mashed potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes and beets and a vegetable such as Brussels sprouts or broccoli.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless turkey thighs (skin removed)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste (or lemon pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic (whole)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Crockpot turkey
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  2. Season the turkey with salt and pepper or lemon pepper.

    Turkey
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  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the turkey thighs and brown for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

    Turkey in pan
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  4. Place the turkey in the slow cooker and add the remaining ingredients. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or until the turkey thighs are cooked through.

    Turkey in slowcooker
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  5. Remove the garlic cloves from the pot. If desired, mash a few and return to the slow cooker. Gently mix to combine.

    Remove garlic
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  6. Serve the turkey with the juices. Enjoy.

Recipe Variations

  • You can use turkey legs, if you prefer, just increase the cooking time to 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Either remove the skin and brown the meat as directed. Or cook with the skin on and, before serving, place the legs under the broiler to crisp up the skin. The slow cooking time and moist heat in the crock pot will turn the skin rubbery and unpleasant to eat.
  • Add cut carrots and chopped onion to the slow cooker along with a bit of dried thyme or sage. Place the seared turkey thighs on top of the vegetables.
  • Toss in some baby potatoes or quartered Yukon Gold potatoes before adding the turkey and remaining ingredients.
  • Stir in a tablespoon or so of Dijon mustard for a bit of tang.
  • Add in some capers at the end, just long enough to heat through.