This Paleo and Whole30 Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange & Thyme is incredibly moist and tender, super easy to make and full of autumn flavor.

Paleo and Whole30 Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange & Thyme

This Paleo and Whole30 Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange & Thyme is incredibly moist and tender, super easy to make and packed with autumn flavor.

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This Paleo and Whole30 Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange & Thyme is incredibly moist and tender, super easy to make and full of autumn flavor.

Is it seriously November already? Do you have your Thanksgiving menu planned out yet? If not, you’d better get on it because it’s sneaking up on us fast!

This Paleo and Whole30 Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange & Thyme is incredibly moist and tender, super easy to make and full of autumn flavor.

A couple years ago, I tried a turkey breast in the slow cooker instead of the traditional wake-up-at-4am-to-pop-a-turkey-in-the-oven-after-doing-all-the-nasty-things-to-its-insides ritual. And let me tell you, it was amazing. So moist and tender with a flavor that was on point.

This Paleo and Whole30 Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange & Thyme is incredibly moist and tender, super easy to make and full of autumn flavor.

From then on, I always went with a slow cooker turkey breast when we just had a small crowd. I’ve tried cajun-flavored turkeys and French onion-flavored turkeys among others, but this Whole30 Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange & Thyme has to be one of my favorites. The orange brings a little sweetness while the star anise makes me feel all festive and fall-ish, and thyme is always a great addition to poultry.

I use this Gourmia 8.5-quart slow cooker.

This Paleo and Whole30 Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange & Thyme is incredibly moist and tender, super easy to make and full of autumn flavor.

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This Paleo and Whole30 Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange & Thyme is incredibly moist and tender, super easy to make and full of autumn flavor.

Paleo and Whole30 Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange & Thyme

  • Author: Kristi Barnes
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 hours 30 mins
  • Total Time: 5 hours 45 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x

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Paleo and Whole30 Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange & Thyme Author: Kristi Barnes


Ingredients

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  • 2 large oranges, zested and sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme plus 2 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 5 whole star anise pods
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • 2 tbsp. 100% orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 3 lb. turkey breast, thawed, rinsed and patted dry
    (if the turkey has a netting, loosen it from the breast and shift it around a little to keep it from sticking later)
  • Optional garnishes: additional thyme sprigs and orange slices

Instructions

  1. Layer orange slices, onion slices and thyme in the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with star anise pods.
  2. Make a paste with orange zest, garlic, thyme, salt, white pepper and 100% orange juice.
  3. Rub turkey with ghee.
  4. Massage the turkey breast with the paste, concentrating on the top and sides.
  5. Place the turkey breast in the slow cooker on top of the orange, onion and thyme layers.
  6. Cook on low for 5-7 hours or until the turkey reaches an internal temperature of at least 165°F.
  7. Prior to serving, place the turkey breast approximately 12 inches under the broiler and allow to crisp for several minutes.

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This Paleo and Whole30 Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange & Thyme is incredibly moist and tender, super easy to make and full of autumn flavor.

2 Comments
  • Elaine Canaan
    Posted at 08:58h, 14 November Reply

    Hi Kristi,
    This Turkey breast looks like a great recipe for Thanksgiving! I have an InstantPot now and donated my crock pot to make room in my kitchen! Do you think I could use the slow cooker setting on InstantPot and be successful ? Same instructions?

    • Kristi Barnes
      Posted at 17:18h, 03 December Reply

      Yes! I have not tried the slow cooker setting, but it should work just the same.

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