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17 Best Slow Cooker Turkey Recipes

If you’re looking for something savory, filling, and relatively healthy for dinner tonight, you’ve come to the right place. These slow cooker turkey recipes are incredible.

Turkey is one of those foods that’s always good to eat. It may be a staple of Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations, but it’s also perfect for lazy afternoons any time of the year. 

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And when you can cook that turkey in a slow cooker where – let’s be honest – it pretty much cooks itself, that makes it even better. 

If you’re in the mood for something lighter than a whole turkey don’t worry, I have you covered there, as well. 

Now, let’s jump right in and check out 17 of the best slow cooker turkey recipes around.

1. Juicy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

It’s hard to beat tender, succulent turkey with a perfectly crispy, golden-brown skin. 

But what if I told you that this turkey takes less than 15 minutes (less than 5 without the gravy) to prepare and that the slow cooker would do all the rest? Yep. That beats it!

It’s herb-flavored, buttery, and features a ton of flavor in every bite. You won’t even need the gravy to make it taste good, but you should add it anyway because gravy makes everything better.

2. Crispy Skin Slow Cooker Turkey

This dish is similar to the one directly above, except for this one, you’ll cook a whole turkey, not just the breast. Otherwise, the two have a lot in common. 

They’re both delightfully herby and juicy, and they both have insanely crispy skins. Of course, you can top them both off with thick, flavorful homemade gravy.

3. Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

If you’re looking for something a bit spicier to fill your belly on the coldest nights of the year, check out this slow cooker turkey chili. 

It contains everything that makes up a good chili – well-seasoned ground turkey, bits of onions, red and yellow peppers, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, two kinds of beans, corn, and more.

You’ll only need 10 minutes to prepare it, though it’ll take another 4 hours to cook correctly in the slow cooker. 

Top it with cheese, sour cream, green onions, chives, and all your other favorite chili toppings for an extra special dinner that the whole family will love.

4. Crockpot Turkey Thighs With White Wine and Garlic

These moist, flavorful turkey thighs are so tender that you’ll have a hard time getting them to your mouth; the meat practically falls apart the moment you get it on your fork. 

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To taste so phenomenal, it’s a surprisingly simple recipe. All you’ll need are turkey thighs, salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic, dry white wine, chicken broth, and chopped parsley.

Whether you appreciate the pan-seared skin or the robust garlic flavor, these thighs have a little something for everyone.

5. Slow Cooker Turkey Legs

Turkey legs look so cool. I can’t see them without thinking of Renaissance fairs (or maybe Game of Thrones). They just look like something a medieval king would enjoy.

These are no exception, and they’ll taste even better than they look. The homemade rotisserie seasoning mix gives them an unmatched depth of flavor that’ll have you wanting thirds.

6. Leftover Turkey Barley Soup

Turkey barley soup is chicken noodle soup, only with turkey instead of chicken and barley instead of noodles. So you might be wondering why I even compare the two.

The simple answer is because they’re actually a lot alike. They’ll both have a thin, salty, flavor-packed broth, and they’ll feature plenty of tender veggies and garlic.

Additionally, they’re both comforting and filling, and you just can’t get that level of flavor from a can.

7. Ground Turkey Taco Soup

With tomato sauce, kidney beans, corn, taco seasoning, cilantro, avocado, and tortilla chips, ground turkey soup is ideal if you’re looking for something with a south-of-the-border flair.

It takes only half an hour to make and is packed with protein. The calorie count isn’t too bad, either, though you may want to avoid it if you’re counting carbs.

8. Crockpot Turkey Breast and Stuffing

Turn your kitchen into Thanksgiving any time of year by whipping up this 10-ingredient Crockpot turkey breast and stuffing. 

The stuffing is just like Thanksgiving stuffing – with celery, apples, onions, sage, etc. – and the turkey is yummy, too. 

Pro Tip: If your turkey isn’t juicy enough, add a bit more chicken broth. Whenever I use the recipe as written, I find it leaves the turkey a little on the dry side.

9. Garlic Herb Butter Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

If the words “garlic butter” are like a magical spell that will have you drooling at the mention of them, then this is the recipe for you. 

It’s a gorgeous, golden-brown bird full of the wonderful flavors of garlic, butter, and other herbs. What are you waiting for? Go try it!

10. Slow Cooker Whole Turkey

This slow cooker turkey is the epitome of Thanksgiving turkey. It looks perfect, smells perfect, and tastes perfect, too.

It takes hours to make, but the process is painless, and there’s very little work for you to do yourself. Plus, you know what they say: You can’t rush perfection. 

11. Slow Cooker Turkey & Gravy

Use this recipe if you want to make a super juicy, insanely flavorful turkey without bothering with all the herbs, seasonings, rubs, and marinades. 

You’ll only need four ingredients to make it: turkey tenderloins, cream of chicken soup, turkey gravy mix, and chicken broth (or water). 

The result is impressive, especially for such a simple recipe. It’ll practically melt in your mouth.

12. Hot Turkey Sandwiches

Hot turkey sandwiches are outstanding for anyone who wants a meal with a rich, multi-level flavor. Between the beer, onion soup mix, and other ingredients, this turkey tastes superb.

It also requires only 5 minutes of prep time (but another 8 hours to cook, so be sure to plan ahead). Once the turkey is ready, slap it between two buns and enjoy! 

13. Crockpot Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey tetrazzini is an excellent option if you need a way to use up lots of leftover turkey

It combines the turkey with mushrooms, onions, tons of seasonings, spaghetti noodles, cream cheese, peas, chicken broth, and heavy whipping cream. 

The finished product features tender noodles, tasty turkey, and a thick and creamy sauce perfect for sopping with bread. 

It’s a delicious, easy-to-make meal that gives you meat, veggies, and carbs all in one delightful dish.

14. Slow Cooker Lemon-Dill Turkey Breast (Half Turkey Breast)

This turkey and potato dinner may be stick-to-your-ribs hearty, but it has the lightest, zestiest flavor that you can imagine. 

You’ll season the turkey with garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper, and for the sauce, you’ll use butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and dill. It’s simply delicious.

15. Orange Bourbon Crock Pot Turkey Breast

Orange bourbon turkey breast takes your traditional turkey and adds a sweet and savory glaze that no one can resist. 

It’s wholesome and filling enough to enjoy for dinner, but it’s so tasty and easy to eat, you’ll also enjoy using it as an appetizer before the big game.

16. Leftover Slow Cooker Turkey Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup may be the ultimate comfort food when you’re sick, but turkey noodle soup is right on its heels. (If you prefer turkey to chicken, it might be at the front of the race!)

It’s brothy but features plenty of chunky ingredients – turkey, potatoes, onions, carrots, and noodles – along with a vast array of herbs and spices. 

Every bite tastes better than the last, and you can eat it by itself, with a leafy green side salad, or with thick slices of warm bread. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. 

17. Slow Cooker Ground Turkey Stroganoff

You’ve probably had beef stroganoff once or twice (or several dozen times) in your life, but turkey stroganoff is not as popular. 

Once you try it, though, you’ll want to make it a regular part of your dinner rotation. You’ll use the same tender egg noodles as in beef stroganoff, and the sauce is just as thick and creamy. 

The dish has a fantastic taste, and because you’ll use turkey instead of beef, it’s less greasy and has fewer calories. 

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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