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Mike, Annie, and I always spend Thanksgiving with Mike’s family in Northern California. We love going up and spending time in the Bay Area, but the one bummer about not spending Thanksgiving at home is no leftovers. The leftovers are the best part!!! So two years ago we started “Mini Thanksgiving” where we made smaller portions of all our favorite Thanksgiving fixings: stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie (okay that’s always full-sized), and of course, turkey! I was very intimidated by the idea of making a turkey until one of my friends suggested just making turkey breasts. Then my aunt suggested using our barbecue so we’d have the oven free. But then I remembered my crockpot! I did some googling and came across this recipe on about 80 different websites. I’m not going to lie, at first I gave it the side-eye because I just didn’t know how it could be good – the three ingredients didn’t seem like a natural pairing to me – but it’s AMAZINGLY good and so incredibly easy. I’ve made it three times and it’s come out perfectly every time.

Three Ingredient Crockpot Turkey

You need:

three ingredient crockpot turkey1 frozen turkey breast, NOT thawed bone-in (5 pounds) or boneless (3 pounds)
1 14-oz can cranberry sauce
1 packet dry onion soup mix

combine ingredients

Combine all the ingredients in your crock pot. Be careful when you open your cranberry sauce can…I might have practically severed my finger.

cook for two hours on high

Cook on high for two hours. Go do something fun! Or go exercise like I did, which was decidedly not fun.

meat is done at 170 degrees

After two hours, reduce your crockpot’s heat to low and continue cooking until the turkey registers 170° F on a meat thermometer. When it hits 170°, the meat is done. Bone-in turkey breasts can take four or five hours to be done, but you should start checking the temperature on boneless breasts after an hour (I always use boneless breasts, and they are usually done two hours after I switch the crockpot to low).

three ingredient crockpot turkey

Slice and serve!

ready to eat

Mike is super stoked that he gets TWO Mini Thanksgivings this year.

loves it

He could seriously eat all of this turkey.

This recipe is great for small Thanksgiving gatherings, or just when you want to make an easy poultry meal. But I promise – you will love it!


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Three Ingredient Crock Pot Turkey
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 6
  • 1 frozen turkey breast, NOT thawed bone-in (5 pounds) or boneless (3 pounds)
  • 1 lb. can cranberry sauce
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  1. Put all ingredients crockpot, cover, and cook for 2 hours on high.
  2. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking until turkey registers 170 degrees F on instant meat thermometer. For bone-in turkey breast the turkey should be done in 4-5 hours.
  3. For boneless turkey breast start checking the turkey's temperature after 1-2 hours.
  4. Slice turkey breast and serve with sauce.