Crock Pot Turkey Breast with Cranberry Sauce is the BEST turkey recipe you will every try! This turkey breast is brined for 24 hours and slow cooked for another 4-8 hours for a wonderfully flavorful and crazy juicy piece of meat, all cooked on top of a cranberry sauce that makes itself in the slow cooker. The cranberry sauce gets it richness and flavor from the turkey drippings as well as Chambord and orange juice for a unique sauce that pairs perfectly with the turkey. Not only is this turkey delicious, but it is low-calorie, low-fat and low-carb for something you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying this Thanksgiving and Christmas. I promise you, if you give this recipe a try, you will never look at turkey the same way again!
I have long dreaded the dried out and bland turkey that is too often served at Thanksgiving, but not any more! This brine and the slow cooking process allows the meat to retain it’s juices in addition to absorbing some of the great flavors of the brine and cranberry sauce. Even after reheating the meat the next day, my husband was in awe at how great the turkey tasted. Please, I beg you, give this recipe a shot. While it may take a few extra steps, it is completely and totally worth it.
Be sure to keep a close eye on the turkey while it is cooking to ensure it doesn’t overcook, as that is the surest way to ruin any meat. Whether you use a pop-up timer or check the bird every 20-30 minutes with a traditional thermometer, turn off the Crock Pot and remove the turkey as soon as it reaches an internal temperature of 165°.
Another crucial step in maintaining a juicy turkey, is allowing it to rest after the cooking process. Give it a good 15-20 minutes to let the juices settle and your patience will reward you with a surprising moist bird.
After you remove the turkey from the Crock Pot to allow the meat to rest, you can process the cranberry sauce. If you prefer your cranberries whole, feel free to enjoy the sauce as it is and just give it a good stir to incorporate all the bits and pieces from the turkey. If you are like myself, however, and like a smooth sauce to dunk your turkey in, you can blend it up.
I simply took my immersion blender to the cranberry and turkey juices in the Crock Pot and blended it until smooth for a wonderfully rich and flavorful sauce. My immersion blender is one of my all-time favorite kitchen tools. Instead of having to transfer hot liquids to a blender and make yet another dish (and usually a mess in my case!), you can do it all in whatever pot you are already working with. So, if you don’t have an immersion blender yet (because you really should get one), you can add the sauce to a blender or food processor to blend it up.
Crock Pot Turkey Breast with Cranberry Sauce
- 6 c. water
- 1 cups white wine
- 3 cups orange juice
- 2/3 c. table salt
- 2/3 c. brown sugar
- 1/4 cup ginger paste
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme
- 5-8 lb Turkey Breast
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground mustard
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- CRANBERRY SAUCE
- 12-ounce bag frozen cranberries
- 1/4 c. ginger paste
- 1 Tbsp. orange zest
- 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 c. water
- 3 Tbsp flour
- 1/4 c. Chambord black raspberry liqueur
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Combine all of the brine ingredients in a 2 gallon bag or large non-reactive container. Stir well so all of the salt and sugar is dissolved. Add the turkey to the brine and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.
- Drain and rinse the turkey breast and pat dry with paper towels. Rub the turkey with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and spices.
- Whisk the water and flour together until smooth and add to the remaining cranberry sauce ingredients in a 5-8 quart Crock Pot. Set your turkey on top of the cranberries and cook for 4-8 hours on low until the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165°. Your cooking time will depend on the size of your turkey and temperature of your Crock Pot.
- NOTE: I cooked a 5lb turkey breast in a 5 quart Crock Pot, that tends to cook a little faster than other slow cookers, for 4 hours on low. An 8lb turkey in a cooler Crock Pot will taker closer to 7-8 hours.
- TIP: If you are stressed about getting your turkey done in time for the meal, feel free to start it an hour or two before you think you should. To reheat the meat for the meal, put the turkey, along with some chicken broth back in the Crock Pot 30-45 minutes before the meal to reheat it.