Slow Cooker & Oven Cajun Turkey Breast Oven W/video

This Cajun turkey breast can be slow cooker or roasted. It’s an easy to prep delicious flavorful turkey breast recipe. This Thanksgiving, reserve your oven for your other oven only foods and let your Cajun turkey slow cook to juicy perfection! Instructions on how to roast it in the oven below too!

This juicy slow cooker Cajun turkey breast with maple glaze is so simple to make (not a lot of ingredients or steps) and it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. This Thanksgiving, reserve your oven for your other oven only foods and let your Cajun maple turkey slow cooker to juicy perfection!

Slow cooker/crock-pot turkey breast is amazingly succulent. This Cajun seasoning maple turkey breast recipe is so simple plus it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. This Thanksgiving, reserve your oven for your other oven only foods and let your turkey slow cooker to juicy perfection! This recipe can easily be adapted for a whole turkey.

This cajun turkey breast is perfect and small enough to make for Thanksgiving or throughout the year too.

Sometimes I crave something other than chicken or beef, so when I do feel that way, I usually go for turkey breast and green beans with potatoes and bacon. I can’t forget my cornbread stuffing too. It’s so darn good and simple! Pair this turkey with my easy cranberry sauce or a non traditional maple cranberry sauce.

NEVER MISS A RECIPE

Join our newsletter and stay up to date on all the newest recipes guaranteed to add a burst of flavor to your inbox.

Whatever cranberry sauce you use, make sure you save some to make my grab and go cranberry sauce crumble bars or this cranberry cream cheese french toast.

I was never really a fan of turkey until I made it in the slow cooker.  So darn juicy! When I first made it, I thought the turkey wasn’t done. Like, how can this turkey be so juicy plus done? Hmm, I was skeptical. But the meat thermometer proved me wrong!

The slow cooker did its darn thing! But to make it even better, once the turkey is done, pop it into the oven, on broil and let the skin crisp all up.

Mmmmmh! So good I’ll tell ya. My kid loves turkey only because of the crisp skin, so I usually give him the first slice of turkey, since that part has the most crispy skin.

You ever make turkey and it comes out so dry that you have to drown it in gravy? Well, you won’t have to drown your slow cooker turkey in gravy, unless that’s how you like it. It’s funny, I hate drowning my food in any type of sauce but I can drown the heck out of foods that needs some gravy.

Gravy is just so good. Am I right? This crockpot/slow cooker turkey will come out so moist (I hate that word) but that’s all I got.

WHY THIS CAJUN TURKEY BREAST WORKS?

  • Well, the slow cooker allows the delicious flavors to simmer and meld, creating an irresistible juicier moist (ugh hate that word) cajun turkey.
  • It’s low maintenance.  Roasted turkey is great and all but sometimes it can be dry out the turkey and during Thanksgiving the oven can get pretty crowded with a huge turkey and other foods. Slow cooking your turkey will save some oven space. Cook your other foods in the oven while your turkey cooks in the slow cooker.
  • Crock-pot turkey breast is a great option for small Thanksgiving gatherings, plus it’s cheaper than buying a whole turkey.
  • The thought of cooking a whole turkey can be intimidating, so a turkey breast is great for a beginner cook looking to get their feet wet.
  • And like I said initially, cajun turkey breast is a great all year round when you want a change from beef, chicken or pork.

If  you are on a budget, need more oven space, a beginner cook, or cooking for a small group of people, or need a change of meat, then slow cooker turkey breast is a great choice for ya!

Slow cooker/crock-pot turkey breast is amazingly succulent. This Cajun seasoning maple turkey breast recipe is so simple plus it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. This Thanksgiving, reserve your oven for your other oven only foods and let your turkey slow cooker to juicy perfection! This recipe can easily be adapted for a whole turkey.

Tips: Turkey breasts or whole turkeys varies in sizes obviously so before you decide to purchase your turkey, make sure it will fit in your slow cooker.

I have two slow cookers an 8 quart and a 6 quart. The day I made this turkey breast, my 8 qt was already in use, but luckily this 6 lb turkey breast was able to fit into my six quart slow cooker.

Slow cooker/crock-pot turkey breast is amazingly succulent. This Cajun seasoning maple turkey breast recipe is so simple plus it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. This Thanksgiving, reserve your oven for your other oven only foods and let your turkey slow cooker to juicy perfection! This recipe can easily be adapted for a whole turkey.

Most turkeys come frozen, so make sure you are thawing your turkey safely. Per the USDA, turkey is only thawed safely if it’s thawed in the microwave, the refrigerator or in cold water. Any other way is not recommended.

I used to think it was okay to leave a frozen turkey or chicken etc out overnight in the kitchen and then cook the thawed out chicken the next day.

Well, that’s not considered safe. How do you thaw your turkey or any meat for that matter?

*Tips for thawing turkey in the fridge: Cook within three days after thawing.
4-12 lbs 1-3 days
12-16 lbs 3-4 days
13-16 lbs 4-5 days
20-24 lbs 5-6 days

*Tips for thawing turkey in cold water: Cook right away.
4-12 lbs 2-6 hours
12-16 lbs 6-8 hours
13-20 lbs 8-10 hours
20-24 lbs 10-12 hours

*Tips for thawing the turkey in the microwave:
Follow your manufacture instructions.
Remove all wrapping and place in a microwave-safe tray. Thaw according to your manufactures instructions.

Cook the turkey as soon as it is done thawing in the microwave and DO NOT refreeze or put it in the refrigerator.

Slow cooker/crock-pot turkey breast is amazingly succulent. This Cajun seasoning maple turkey breast recipe is so simple plus it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. This Thanksgiving, reserve your oven for your other oven only foods and let your turkey slow cooker to juicy perfection! This recipe can easily be adapted for a whole turkey.

INGREDIENTS

9 lb turkey breast skin on and bone in

2 tbsp Cajun seasoning (go easy on the salt if your cajun seasoning already has salt in it)

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp poultry seasoning

1 tsp thyme 

2 tsp rosemary 

Injection marinade:

  • 1 1/2 stick salted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp thyme 
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp. each dried thyme 
  • 1/2 salt 

Gravy
Chicken broth, stock or water
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup chicken broth, stock or water
liquids (strained) from slow-cooked turkey
Salt and pepper for taste if needed

SLOW COOKER CAJUN TURKEY BREAST

Make the injection marinade by combining in a bowl, all of the marinade ingredients. In another small bowl add of all the turkey seasoning. Fill a large marinade syringe and inject turkey in the breast areas (top and bottom). Depending on the size of the syringe, you’ll need to fill it up a few times. Leave about 2 tbsp of injection seasoning for the top of the turkey.

Next, use the remaining injection marinade and season the turkey breast all over. Season with the turkey seasoning as well.

Spray the slow cooker with oil. Place the turkey into the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-7 hours or until internal temperature is 165-170 degrees. Remove and rest for 15-20 minutes.

Preheat broiler to high, add turkey breast to heat safe pan. Broil for 3-5 minutes Make sure you keep an eye on it because the skin will crisp up quickly.

HOW TO ROAST TURKEY BREAST

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a baking pan with butter. Follow the turkey steps up to step 2.

Cove loosely with aluminum foil. Roast in the preheated oven for approx. 20 minutes per pound or until the turkey reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mine took about 3 hours. If you want crisp skin, remove the aluminum foil and roast for 30 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees F. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

A photo of slices of cajun turkey breast

Preheat broiler to high, add turkey breast to heat safe pan. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, basting with the maple glaze frequently. Reserve the last of the maple glaze and baste again once the turkey is done. Make sure you keep an eye on it because the skin will crisp up quickly.

Gravy Directions: 
Strain the turkey liquids into a small bowl. Add the chicken broth or water or stock and flour in a small bowl and mix to make a slurry. Add butter, chicken broth slurry, strained turkey liquids in a saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Mixing frequently. Reduce heat and simmer for about 12 minutes. Add more chicken broth if needed. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

*If you have any leftover turkey, remove the meat from the bone within two hours of cooking and refrigerate. Use the turkey within 3 days.

*Cooking time may vary.

Thanks for stopping by. If you like this post make sure you share it. Don’t forget to subscribe to Whisk It Real Gud for more free weekly recipes delivered straight to your inbox!
If you are a food blogger, we would love for you to join our social networking group on Facebook. If you aren’t a food blogger, you can still join our recipe groups here and here.

A picture of a Slow cooker/ crockpot turkey breast is amazingly succulent. This Cajun seasoning maple turkey breast is so simple plus it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. This Thanksgiving, reserve your oven for your other meals and let your turkey slow cooker to juicy perfection! This recipe can easily be adapted for a whole turkey.

Cajun Turkey Breast

April Boller Wright
This juicy slow cooker/crock-pot Cajun turkey breast  is so simple to make and quick prep. This Thanksgiving, reserve your oven for your other oven only foods and let your Cajun turkey slow cook to juicy perfection! Instructions on how to roast it in the oven below too! 
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern American
Servings 10 people

Equipment

  • Slow cooker
  • Marinade syringe
  • Roasting pan

Ingredients
  

Turkey seasonings

  • 9 lb turkey breast skin on and bone in
  • 3 tbsp Cajun seasoning (go easy on the salt if your cajun seasoning already has salt in it)
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp rosemary

Injection marinade

  • 1 1/2 stick of butter melted
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Gravy

  • 2 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2-3 tbsp liquids from slow cooked turkey
  • Salt and pepper for taste if needed

Instructions
 

  • Make the injection marinade by combining in a bowl, all of the marinade ingredients. In another small bowl add of all the turkey seasoning. Fill a large marinade syringe and inject turkey in the breast areas (top and bottom). Depending on the size of the syringe, you'll need to fill it up a few times. Leave about 2 tbsp of injection seasoning for the top of the turkey.
  • Next, use the remaining injection marinade and season the turkey breast all over. Season with the turkey seasoning as well.
  • Spray the slow cooker with oil. Place the turkey into the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-7 hours or until internal temperature is 165-170 degrees. Remove and rest for 15-20 minutes.
  • Preheat broiler to high, add turkey breast to heat safe pan. Broil for 3-5 minutes Make sure you keep an eye on it because the skin will crisp up quickly.

Gravy

  • Strain the turkey liquids into a small bowl. Add the chicken broth and flour into a small bowl and mix to make a slurry.
  • Next to a medium saucepan over medium high heat, add butter, chicken broth slurry and strained turkey liquids. Cook until boiling, mixing frequently. Reduce heat and simmer for about 12 minutes. Add more chicken broth if needed. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

To Roast The Turkey Breast

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a baking pan with butter. Follow the turkey steps up to step 2.
  • Cove loosely with aluminum foil. Roast in the preheated oven for approx. 20 minutes per pound or until the turkey reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Mine took about 3 hours. If you want crisp skin, remove the aluminum foil and roast for 30 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees F. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
  • Please note, cooking time will depend on the size of the turkey breast and your oven. I used bone in turkey breast and it took almost 3 hours to cook.

Video

Notes

Turkey breast varies in sizes obviously but before purchasing a turkey breast, make sure it will fit in your slow cooker.
*Cooking time may vary.
*To store leftover turkey, remove the meat from the bone within two hours of cooking and refrigerate. Use within 3 days.   
*Tips for thawing turkey in the fridge: Cook within three days after thawed.  4-12 lbs, 1-3 days
12-16 lbs 3-4 days
13-16 lbs 4-5 days
20-24 lbs 5-6 days
*Tips for thawing turkey in cold water: Cook right away.
4-12 lbs 2-6 hours
12-16 lbs 6-8 hours
13-20 lbs 8-10 hours
20-24 lbs 10-12 hours
*Tips for thawing turkey in the microwave: Follow your manufacture instructions.  Remove all wrapping and place in a microwave safe tray. Thaw according to you manufactures instructions.  Cook the turkey as soon as it is done thawing in the microwave and DO NOT refreeze or put it in the refrigerator. 
Recipe edited: 11/18/2021
Keyword cajun turkey, cajun turkey breast, spicy turkey breast
Like this? Leave a comment below!Let us know how it was!

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. While clicking these links won’t cost you any extra money, they will help us keep this site up and running

Slow cooker/ crockpot turkey breast is amazingly succulent. This Cajun seasoning maple turkey breast is so simple plus it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. This Thanksgiving, reserve your oven for your other meals and let your turkey slow cooker to juicy perfection! This recipe can easily be adapted for a whole turkey.

Similar Posts

24 Comments

  1. Hi, Can I prepare this the night before and store in the fridge?

  2. Tina Forward says:

    Can you use skinless turkey breast?

    1. Sorry for my late response but I haven’t tried it with skinless turkey breast before.

  3. Wow, this really looks extremely delicious. Thanks a lot for sharing it with us! I will definitely try it when I get back home again and I will have some more time to do some homemade cooking. Cheers!5 stars

  4. I love how easy and hands off this recipe is. So perfect for thanksgiving when there are so many other things to cook!5 stars

  5. Brilliant idea! This could lead to people eating turkey (other than in sandwiches) all year long – the start of a revolution. Pinned it!

  6. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Ireland..but this Turkey dish would make a yummy Sunday Dinner. .I love the caJun spices and tasty alternative and brilliant tips on thawing and cooking Turkey .Thank you5 stars

  7. I love the idea of cooking turkey in the slow cooker. Like you, i find it an utterly boring meat but with the Cajun flavours here, I bet it’s just to die for!5 stars

    1. Haha! Yes the cajun spice does make it taste wonderful plus I like spicy food. Thank you Azlin!

  8. Anne-Marie says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! Can almost smell and taste it just by looking at the pictures!

  9. This looks amazing! And your photos are incredible. I am thinking about giving this recipe a try for tomorrow’s Sunday dinner!

    1. Thank you Norma! I hope you do give it a try. So simple and tasty!

  10. I’ve never ever thought of using my slow cooker to roast our turkey. Your turkey looks delicious and I love all the ingredients you used. You have me thinking I should pull out my slow cooker next thursday! Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. Catherine Brown says:

    Oh April, this looks beautiful! Your plating here is gorgeous. This would be perfect for sandwiches too. Nice job

  12. I’ve never thought of using a slow cooker for my Thanksgiving Turkey – what a great idea. As you said, it saves the oven space for all the side dishes.

  13. This sounds so simple and delicious! It’s just my husband, my daughter and myself this year for Thanksgiving so this would be perfect for us! Thanks for sharing 🙂5 stars

  14. IT sounds like the cajun seasoning makes this turkey absolutely delicious! It would be perfect for a change from traditional flavours.5 stars

  15. This is the perfect recipe for anyone that does not want to cook a whole turkey for the holidays, We happen to love turkey, so I would make this year round.5 stars

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.