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Slow Cooker Maple Herb Butter Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Glaze

Making turkey has never been easier with this Slow Cooker Maple Herb Butter Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Glaze! With lots of flavor and very little prep work, this is one Thanksgiving turkey that you’ll want to make all year!

Slow Cooker Maple Herb Butter Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Glaze Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

*This post is sponsored by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. All opinions are still my own. This post contains affiliate links.

My husband and I have a tradition where we always have a Thanksgiving meal together, just the two of us, either on the actual day when we couldn’t make it to family or close to it.

We make a turkey and all the sides and dessert that go with it!

Yes, we usually end up with a lot of leftovers, but it’s fun and we love the leftovers! One thing we’ve cut back on the last few years is going from making a whole turkey to just preparing a turkey breast.

Slow Cooker Maple Herb Butter Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Glaze Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

This slow cooker maple herb butter turkey breast with apple cider glaze is our new favorite addition to the menu.

It’s pretty obvious that two people don’t need an entire turkey, and making just a turkey breast is so much faster!

It’s also super easy when you can throw it in the slow cooker with minimal prep and then let the slow cooker do the work for you until you’re ready to pull it out and serve.

Sometimes I think the poor turkey gets a bad rap because I’m sure most of us have had a dried out, bland turkey experience. But that’s not the turkey’s fault.

There are so many easy, good ways to prepare turkey!

Maple Herb Butter Turkey Breast in Slow Cooker

I’ve teamed up with the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association this year to help you make sure your Thanksgiving turkey preparation goes as smoothly as possible and to give your some facts about the turkey industry in my home state of Minnesota. Did you know Minnesota ranks #1 nationally in turkey farming?

Minnesota turkey growers provide the best care possible for their flocks to ensure that the turkeys are healthy and safe. Turkeys live in free-roaming (never in cages) barns to protect them from the weather and predators and where they always have access to fresh food and water.

In fact, all turkeys in the U.S. are raised without any added growth hormones and steroids. (There are no growth hormones or steroids approved by the FDA for use in poultry.)

You can meet the Minnesota turkey farmers who may produce your Thanksgiving turkey by checking out these videos.

Tips for Picking out your Thanksgiving Turkey:

  • allow 1 pound of turkey per person for a fresh or frozen bird
  • allow approximately 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds of bird weight for thawing in the refrigerator
  • let a turkey stand for 20 minutes after removing from oven before carving to allow juices to set
  • make this slow cooker maple herb butter turkey breast with apple cider glaze 😉

Slow Cooker Maple Herb Butter Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Glaze Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

I’ve made herb butter turkey breast before but never with the addition of maple syrup. I won’t be leaving out the maple syrup again!

As the turkey cooks, the maple herb butter melts and not only imparts it’s rich buttery flavor into the skin but also helps the maple herb flavor sink in as well.

While this makes the meat tender all by itself, it certainly doesn’t hurt to baste the turkey a few times while cooking! So I did. With an apple cider reduction.

Just three-four simple brushes of apple cider glaze (I like to use this basting brush) at the end of the cooking time and this turkey breast was not only super juicy, but also full of flavor.

No dried out, flavorless turkey here!

In fact, after trying this turkey, my husband looked at me and asked why we only eat turkey at Thanksgiving. This turkey is good enough to have all year round!

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Slow Cooker Maple Herb Butter Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Glaze Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Slow Cooker Maple Herb Butter Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Glaze

Yield: 5-7

Ingredients

For the Turkey

  • 1 (5-7 lb) bone-in turkey breast, thawed and patted dry with paper towels
  • ¼ C butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp sage
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 C chicken broth
  • ½ C onion, sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 3 ribs celery, rinsed and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

For the Glaze

  • 2 C apple cider
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

In a small saucepan, combine apple cider and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce to medium-low and allow to simmer until reduced to about 3/4 cup or a little less than half. Remove from heat, stir in salt and pepper, and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together garlic powder, thyme, basil, sage, salt, and pepper.

In a separate small bowl, stir together softened butter, maple syrup, maple extract, and half of herb mixture.

Spread herb butter underneath the skin of turkey breast. (You can use a spoon to get to the edges and spread it around with your hand on the top of the skin.) Sprinkle remaining herb mixture over the top.

Pour chicken broth into a 6 quart slow cooker. Add onion, carrots, celery, and garlic cloves. Place turkey breast on top.

Cook for 6-8 hours on low or until internal temperature at the thickest part of the breast reaches 165 degrees F. Two hours before the turkey is done, brush the apple glaze over the top and sides of the turkey breast every 30 minutes with a basting brush. You can check the temperature of the meat at 4 hours to see if the turkey breast will be done at 6 hours or closer to 8 hours. (If you find that your glaze has gotten too sticky, just put the glaze back on over low heat and stir in some more apple cider until it becomes runny enough to brush over the turkey again.)

Allow to rest for 20 minutes before slicing into pieces and serving.

Notes

Optional: Place the turkey breast in a broiler-safe dish and broil for 5-7 minutes to brown the skin.

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Slow Cooker Maple Herb Butter Turkey Breast Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

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Anneke Rutgers

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

I am thinking of making this turkey recipe for our annual New Year's Eve dinner. I shall have 20 people for a sit down dinner. Can I make this turkey recipe ahead and reheat it in the oven on New Year's Eve?

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Sorry for the delayed response. This comment somehow ended up in my spam folder! You could make the turkey ahead of time, but I wouldn't recommend it. The turkey will lose a lot of its moisture when it is reheated.

Nancy Potter

Monday 8th of October 2018

Could you include the size of the slow cooker that you used. That would be helpful...

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Monday 8th of October 2018

It's already there in step 5. I used a 6 quart slow cooker. :)

Sandy Szarka

Friday 24th of November 2017

I made this for Thanksgiving, and Oh My Gosh! This was the best turkey breast we've ever had for the holiday! I prepared it the night before and let it cook while we slept. Thanksgiving morning, when I got up, I spooned the glaze over the turkey. I only did it twice. It cooked for a total of about ten hours. I did put it under the broiler to brown it. This was the juiciest, most flavorful, fall off the bone turkey breast! I've never had an easier time removing the leftovers for storing. I will probably never make a turkey breast any other way. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Friday 15th of December 2017

I'm so glad you liked it! :)

Lori Bolt

Thursday 23rd of November 2017

My 4at round cooker wouldn't fit a 5.5 lb breast, but I think an oval might work. Unless the oval is quite a bit more shallow. Making the glaze though. Will put it over salmon too

K

Sunday 19th of November 2017

I have a question. Could this be cooked in a 4 qt slow cooker instead of a 6 qt.? If so would I need to get a smaller turkey breast and reduce the recipe for the glaze? The recipe sounds so delicious I really want to try it! Thank you

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Sorry for the delayed response! Your comment somehow ended up in different folder. It depends on whether or not your slow cooker is a circle or an oval. You may be able to get a 5 lb in an oval 4 quart. I'm afraid I can't tell you for sure. As far as the glaze, you can use the same amount. You wouldn't have that much extra. And the extras taste good on the turkey! :) Hope that helps!

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