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)
250 Calories
13g Fat
2g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 250
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 290mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 344mg 7%
*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.


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless turkey thighs, skin removed

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, or lemon pepper, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 6 cloves garlic, whole

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

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.

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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.