Slow Cooker Turkey and Gravy

Slow Cooker Turkey and Gravy

Cooking the main dish for Thanksgiving dinner just got easier with this recipe. Seasoned boneless turkey breast is slow cooked in turkey gravy, chicken broth, and cream of chicken soup for a delicious turkey dish that is sure to please a crowd.

Add another Thanksgiving dish to your holiday meal plan by whipping up a helping of my Slow Cooker Cheesy Mashed Potatoes. These will pair perfectly with this crockpot turkey breast and gravy recipe.

Spoon of turkey and gravy going over mashed potatoes.

Why this crockpot and turkey breast recipe works

Traditionally, preparing and cooking Thanksgiving turkey and gravy is a long process. There’s cooking the turkey, which sometimes involves purchasing an additional whole turkey. And then there is making the turkey gravy from multiple ingredients.

This slow cooker turkey breast and gravy recipe eliminates the need for many extra ingredients while relieving you of having to use the stove. Instead, this dump-and-go method will provide you with enough cooking time to focus on cooking other dishes for your Thanksgiving dinner. If you want chicken, try my chicken and gravy recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

ingredients for turkey and gravy on a table.
  • Boneless Turkey Breast: This recipe calls for a 3 lb turkey breast. You can always use more and simply double the recipe as needed.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup: One of the main ingredients in creating the gravy mix and juicy turkey breast.
  • Chicken Broth: Used to replace water (or milk typically mixed with this soup) to create a more chicken flavor.
  • Turkey Gravy Packet: Combined for the ultimate gravy mix and thickener. I use a large pioneer brand turkey gravy (1.41 ounces). You can use two .87 packets of another brand, though. The gravy packet, along with the turkey juices, will make an excellent gravy.
  • Seasonings: Pepper and paprika are used to season the boneless turkey breasts.
  • Thyme: The perfect turkey and gravy flavoring.

Step-by-Step Directions

4 images showing how to mix sauce and pour of turkey in crockpot.

StepOne – In a small bowl, for in the cream of chicken, gravy, and chicken stock.

StepTwo – Whisk the turkey gravy mixture together until well combined.

StepThree – Season the turkey breasts and place them in the crock pot.

Step Four – Pour over the gravy mixture and place thyme on top.

4 images showing done cooking turkey and how to shred.

Step Five – Slow cook turkey breast on LOW for 6 hours until the turkey is tender and easily shreddable.

step six – Remove the turkey breast and place in a large bowl. Use two forks to shred.

Step Seven – Return the shredded turkey back into the slow cooker.

Step Eight – Mix with the gravity.

done cooking turkey and gravy in slow cooker.


  • Add vegetables: It’s common to add sauteed vegetables to the gravy for extra flavor. In this case, you could sautee diced carrots, onion, and celery and then put them in the gravy mixture. Then proceed with the recipe as noted.
  • Other compatible herbs: Thyme isn’t the only herb that pairs well with turkey and gravy. Other herbs to add are sage, rosemary, and poultry seasoning.
  • Slice the turkey: If you don’t want to shred the turkey breast, consider slicing it into thin pieces and then adding it back to the gravy.
  • Sides: Mashed potatoes or steamed white rice are classic sides to serve with turkey and gravy; however, many more could pair well too. Macaroni and cheese, green beans, and sweet potato casserole are just a few to consider adding with this dish. And don’t forget the cranberry sauce!
  • Extra seasonings: Either when cooking or serving, use additional seasonings such as black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
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Recipe FAQs

How to store and reheat?

Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container, or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Defrost in the fridge before reheating. Reheat on the stovetop or microwave.

How do I fix too thick gravity?

If the gravy is too thick, add more chicken stock or water, a tablespoon at a time.

Can I use frozen turkey?

It’s best to let the turkey defrost before cooking.

Can I use bone-in breasts?

Safe. When it’s time to shred, make sure to remove the bone and then add it back into the slow cooker.

Do I need to use a meat thermometer?


No. The cooking time is long enough to cook the turkey thoroughly. If you are worried, the internal temperature should be 170° Fahrenheit.

Plate of turkey and gravity.

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done cooking turkey and gravy in slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Turkey and Gravy

The easiest turkey and gravy you will ever make! The turkey and gravy cook at the same time, then the turkey is shredded at the end.

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Race: Hand Race

Kitchen: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Services: 8

calories: 230calories


  • Add the turkey breast to the slow cooker pot. Sprinkle with pepper and paprika.

  • In a bowl, whisk together the cream of chicken, turkey gravy, and chicken stock.

  • For the gravy mixture over the turkey. Add the fresh thyme sprigs.

  • Cook on LOW for 6 hours until the turkey is tender and easily shreddable.

  • Remove the turkey from the slow cooker and shred. Add the shredded turkey back into the slow cooker and mix with the gravy. (Remove the stems from the fresh thyme before serving).

  • Serve hot over mashed potatoes, enjoy!

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Recipe Notes:

  • You can slice the turkey instead of shredding if desired.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container, or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Defrost in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Reheat on the stove top or microwave.
  • If the gravy is too thick, add more chicken stock or water.
  • You can substitute 1 ½ tsp. dried thyme for the fresh thyme.

Nutrition Information:

calories: 230calories | Carbohydrates: 5g | protein: 39g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 720mg | Potassium: four hundred ninety sevenmg | fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 152UI | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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