Making a fine turkey dinner for just a family of four is a snap with this easy crockpot turkey recipe, complete with gravy. I used a bone-in turkey breast for this crockpot turkey because it was what the grocery store had, but I would have preferred a boneless turkey breast.
However, the turkey turns out so fall-of-the-bone tender that you won’t have to put forth much effort in de-boning the bird. Just make sure you buy a turkey breast that’ll fit in your slow cooker.
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I use corn starch as a thickening agent, but you can also use flour. You can also cut off the skin and fry it with the veggies if someone in your family likes to eat the crispy turkey skin.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 stalk celery, cleaned and chopped
- 2 tsp bottled, minced garlic
- 1 14 oz can chicken broth
- 1/3 cup corn starch
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 2 tsp ground sage
- 2 bay leaves
- 4-5 lb. whole boneless or bone-in turkey breast
- salt and pepper to taste
- Using a medium skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the onions, carrot, celery and garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until onion is soft, roughly 8 to 10 minutes.
- Stir in the corn starch and cook for another two or three minutes. Add 1/2 of the chicken broth and stir well, scraping brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Transfer this mixture to the crockpot or slow cooker.
- Add the remaining broth, water, sage, bay leaves and wine, and stir to combine.
- Season the turkey with some salt and pepper, then place it in the crockpot and cook 6 to 8 hours on low or until the turkey’s interior reaches 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.
- Transfer the turkey to a plate or cutting board and cover loosely with a towel or foil.
- Strain the liquid from the crockpot into a saucepan and simmer on the stove until thickened. You may need to add more milk mixed with corn starch to thicken the gravy to a good consistency.
You’ll probably find that the turkey is so tender that it falls off the bones without much effort. Serve the turkey with the gravy and whatever other fixings you desire , such as Pillsbury crescent rolls, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, white shoepeg corn and roasted Brussels sprouts.
This post was originally published in November 2014 and updated in November 2016.
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