Simple Crockpot Turkey Breast and Dressing

Simple crockpot turkey breast and dressing

The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 7 hrs
Total: 7 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
208 Calories
14g Fat
13g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 208
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 674mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 125mg 3%
*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.)

This crockpot turkey and dressing recipe is made with only four ingredients. It's a simple combination of boneless turkey breast and prepared bread or cornbread stuffing mix that's super easy in the slow cooker. You'll find that it's an excellent alternative to roasting a whole turkey and a delicious option when you want the taste of a traditional Thanksgiving meal but on a smaller scale.

The recipe requires a single turkey breast, chicken broth, stuffing mix, and butter. Serve it with prepared gravy if you like. Use your favorite store-bought stuffing, or try a homemade stuffing mix. Whichever you choose, you'll need to prepare it first, which typically involves mixing the dry seasoned bread or cornbread with water or broth and butter. Once that's ready, it's a simple matter of adding everything to the slow cooker, turning it on, and waiting for it to cook. The meal can be ready in about four hours on the high setting, or you can stretch it out to seven hours by setting it on low.

Every stuffing mix is slightly different, so check on it to make sure it doesn't get too soggy. If it does, you can quickly transfer it to the oven and let it cook independently. Alternatively, prepare the stuffing separately on the stovetop as directed by the box or recipe you're using.

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-pound) boneless turkey breast, thawed

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

  • 1 (6-ounce) package stuffing mix, prepared

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 or 2 (12-ounce) jars prepared gravy, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for crockpot turkey with prepared stuffing
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  2. Place the turkey breast in the crockpot or slow cooker with the chicken broth.

    Place turkey in crockpot
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  3. Prepare the stuffing mix following the package directions. Pack it on or around the turkey, patting down, but not packing it too tight.

    Prepare stuffing mix
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  4. Drizzle the melted butter over the stuffing.

    Drizzle with butter
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  5. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce the setting to low and cook for about 4 to 6 hours longer, or until the turkey is very tender. Or, continue cooking on high for about 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

    Cover and cook
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  6. If the dressing gets too soggy, remove it and spread in a shallow greased pan. Bake in a 400 F oven for about 30 minutes, or until brown and crusty. 

    Spread in pan
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  7. Serve with gravy, if desired.

    Serve
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Tip

  • According to the USDA, turkey and other poultry must be cooked to a minimum safe temperature of 165 F. If in doubt, use a reliable instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the turkey breast.