This super easy Crockpot Slow Cooker Whole Chicken or Turkey Breast recipe is the juiciest, most flavorful dish you’ll ever have!

NOTE: This recipe works for a whole chicken OR turkey breast!

CrockPot Turkey Breast or Whole Chicken Recipe

Holiday Turkey Breast

Last week, I posted a pic on Instagram of a slow cooker (need a new slow cooker?) turkey breast that I made for Thanksgiving and THE INTERWEBS WENT WILD.

Juicy Crockpot Turkey Breast

This is, by far, the juiciest turkey that I’ve ever had. To be honest, I’m not usually a big turkey fan because it’s so often dry and flavorless, but this one? SO MUCH FLAVOR AND TENDERNESS.

Crockpot Holiday Turkey Breast

Why Turkey Breast is Better Than a Whole Turkey

Picking a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals has a bunch of good points.

  1. Fast Cooking: Turkey breasts cook quicker than whole turkeys. This is great, especially when time is tight during the busy holiday season.
  2. Even Cooking: Turkey breasts cook more evenly. You won’t struggle as much to get both dark and white meat just right since turkey breasts are mostly white meat.
  3. Just the Right Size: If you’re having a smaller group or want a more manageable amount, a turkey breast is perfect. You still get the traditional holiday dish without dealing with too much food.
  4. Easy to Handle: Dealing with a turkey breast is easier than a whole turkey. It takes up less space in the oven, making it simpler to manage side dishes and cooking times.
  5. Can Mix Things Up: A turkey breast lets you try different seasonings, marinades, or stuffing options. You can create a unique holiday meal that suits your taste.
  6. Not Too Many Leftovers: While leftovers can be nice, not everyone likes dealing with a ton of them. A turkey breast gives you a more moderate amount of leftovers, so you’re not stuck with too much extra food.

In the end, going for a turkey breast for your Thanksgiving and Christmas meals is a practical choice that fits your preferences, time, and the size of your gathering. It lets you enjoy the holiday meal without the extra fuss of handling a whole turkey.

Crockpot Whole Chicken

CrockPot Whole Chicken Recipe

I just knew that I had to try it again, but this time on a whole chicken. I assumed that it would perform the same as the turkey, but I wasn’t 100% sure. Would it create its own juice as before? Would it be just as flavorful and tender?

The answer was YES! It was absolutely delicious.

The Easiest Slow Cooker Crock-Pot Whole Chicken or Turkey Breast Recipe

This chicken (or turkey) is the easiest and most delicious one that I have ever made. I seriously could not get over how yummy it was and the amount of juice that was created without any addition. Another bonus was that it created a ton of leftovers for chicken salad, shredded chicken tacos, and the most savory juice for gravy!

Okay, let’s just get on the recipe, shall we? 🙂

Crockpot Whole Chicken or Turkey Breast Recipe

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe

CrockPot Whole Chicken or Turkey Breast

This super easy Crockpot Slow Cooker Whole Chicken or Turkey Breast recipe is the juiciest, most flavorful dish you’ll ever have!


  • one whole chicken thawed
  • medium yellow onion
  • head of garlic
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary or 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Slice yellow onion into fours and halve garlic head, then place on the bottom of the slow cooker. Remove any bags of gizzards, etc. from inside of the chicken.
  • Mix all dried spices in a small bowl and then sprinkle all around the chicken (top, bottom, and sides). Place chicken on top of onion and garlic and throw in any fresh spices. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top of the chicken, then cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. The vegetables and chicken will create its own juice, but feel free to add a tiny bit of stock if you like.


Friends, make this chicken or turkey soon. You will be so impressed and never use the baking method again, I promise! Need a new slow cooker? CLICK HERE!

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CrockPot Turkey Breast or Whole Chicken