In a recent pantry clean-out, I unearthed a frozen "emergency" turkey breast I'd bought last November, in case I couldn't find a fresh turkey breast for Thanksgiving dinner. Six months later, I decided to defrost it and give it a go in the slow cooker. The goal: moist, flavorful turkey to slice and use for sandwiches and salads. The result? Spectacular success, and it couldn't be easier. In fact, the hardest thing about this recipe will be finding a boneless turkey breast. The solution: buy a bone-in turkey breast and ask the butcher to break it down for you. Save the bones and wings and make a soup stock (also in the slow cooker), and use the two breast halves in this recipe. I like this Greek seasoning from The Spice House; you can substitute with your favorite brand, or a mix of kosher salt, fresh black pepper, dried lemon peel and dried oregano. Use the cooked turkey in dozens of ways -- stuffed into sandwiches, chopped in salads, or shredded and tossed with pasta and vegetables.
Slow cooker turkey breast for sandwiches, salads and pasta
Serves 8-10, or more.
3-lb boneless, skinless whole turkey breast
1-1/2 Tbsp Greek seasoning (or 1/2 Tbsp each of kosher salt, black pepper, dried lemon peel and oregano)
1/2 lemon, cut into large wedges
1 medium onion, peeled and cut into large wedges
Scant 1/2 cup chicken broth
Pat the turkey dry with a paper towel. Rub the Greek seasoning all over. Place the turkey in a 3- or 4-quart slow cooker, and add the remaining ingredients.
Cook on HIGH for 2 hours. Use an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature, which should be 165°F. If the meat hasn't come up to that temperature, cook for 15 minutes more. (Mine take 2-1/4 hours in a 3-quart cooker.)
Remove the turkey from the slow cooker. Let it rest for 15 minutes, then slice or shred.
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
How to cook a turkey breast in the Crockpot, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Slow cooker turkey breast and gravy, from Andrea Meyers
Asian inspired turkey breast in the slow cooker, from A Year of Slow Cooking
Special zesty turkey breast, from Gluten Free Easily
Slow-roasted herbed turkey breast, from Amateur Gourmet
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