posted by Kalyn Denny on November 16, 2020
CrockPot or Instant Pot Turkey Breast is a tasty idea when you’re having a smaller crowd for Thanksgiving or just craving turkey dinner! This post also has lower-carb turkey gravy tips; enjoy!
Watch the video to see if you’d like to make CrockPot Turkey Breast!
Use the photos below to see how to adapt for Instant Pot Turkey Breast.
I know most people are choosing to have Thanksgiving with just immediate family members this year, and I’m not going to lie; I am feeling a bit sad I can’t host a huge family gathering like I have so many other years. But nothing is more important to me than having all the members of my huge extended family stay safe. And I’m still planning to cook some of my favorite Thanksgiving foods, and I hope you’re also planning to make the most of the holiday even if it’s a different experience this year.
For the next two weeks I’m going to share some Thanksgiving recipes that you might want to make for your smaller celebration, starting with this CrockPot or Instant Pot Turkey Breast that’s such a great option if you’re making Thanksgiving dinner for just a few people. I’ve been cooking turkey breasts in the crockpot for years, and when I finally made turkey breast in the Instant Pot, it was such a winner. The Instant Pot Turkey Breast was so juicy and delicious; I hope you’ll try the Instant Pot version if you’re an Instant Pot fan!
The main change we made from Slow Cooker Turkey Breast to Instant Pot Turkey Breast was to cut the turkey breast in half for the Instant Pot. For both methods, I rub the turkey breast with a mixture of dried thyme and sage, brown the skin well before I cook the turkey, and use a generous amount of vegetables to add extra flavor to the cooking liquid that gets turned into the low-carb gluten-free gravy. We put all the vegetables in the bottom of the Instant Pot and used those to hold up the turkey without a trivet. And even though this is filed with the Thanksgiving Recipes, both CrockPot or Instant Pot Turkey Breast are easy enough to make any time you’re craving turkey dinner!
I made this turkey breast in my 6 Quart Ninja Cooker, which gave plenty of room for vegetables to add flavor to the gravy, but you can get away with a smaller slow cooker if that’s what you have. I used a Six Quart Instant Pot for the Instant Pot version. (affiliate links)
(Scroll down for complete recipe for slow cooker or Instant Pot, plus nutritional information.)
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Turkey breast is great to cook on the weekend and eat during the week, so this recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep!
You might want to use slightly less dried herbs if you’re not a big fan of those flavors. I use 2 cups water with 2 T Penzey’s Turkey Soup Base to make the cooking liquid for both slow cooker or Instant Pot turkey breast, but you can get a pretty good result with canned stock if you don’t have any turkey soup base.
Arrowroot Starch (affiliate link) is a lower-carb thickener that’s great if you’re really watching carbs but don’t want to skip the gravy. Although the carb counts are close to the same, it only takes about half as much Arrowroot to thicken things as it does cornstarch. Arrowroot thickened gravy can be a bit tricky; read here, here and here for more information about arrowroot.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 596Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 278mgSodium: 379mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 98g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
CrockPot or Instant Pot Turkey Breast is a great idea for a low-carb dinner any time of year. If you’re making gravy, Arrowroot starch (also called arrowroot flour) is a great thickener for low-carb eating plans because it’s slightly lower in carbs and it only takes about half as much arrowroot as it does cornstarch to get the same amount of thickness. It’s also gluten-free. I did learn that arrowroot is often mixed with other types of starch, so check the label if you’re buying it. It will lose its thickening properties if stored too long, so buy a small amount at a time. (Even if you thicken this gravy with cornstarch, that will be lower in carbs compared to gravy that’s thickened with flour.)
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