My favorite meal of the year is the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade cranberry sauce and all the yummy extra side dishes. Delicious! It’s not the sort of meal the average homemaker has time for very often. However, you can still enjoy a tasty turkey dinner on a random Tuesday by cooking a turkey breast in the Instant Pot (or slow cooker). Life changing!
Keep an eye out for good deals on bone-in turkey breasts and stash one or two in your freezer. Turkey tastes just as good in the summer as it does for Thanksgiving or Christmas. And the leftovers can take the ordinary warm weather BLT to a whole new level. Add a thin slice to your sandwich along with the crispy bacon and garden-fresh tomatoes. So good!
The leftovers are also delicious cut in bite-size pieces and added to a fresh garden salad. The options are endless and well worth cooking a turkey breast any ol’ time.
How to Cook a Turkey Breast in an Instant Pot
An easy, no fuss way to have delicious turkey any day of the week.
- 1 turkey breast, bone-in (frozen or thawed - make sure it will fit in your pot)
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced (opt.)
Remove wrappings and gravy packet (if included) and place turkey breast in Instant Pot on the trivet which comes with it.
Season with garlic salt and pepper.
Tuck 1/2 stick of butter in cavity of turkey breast.
If using onion, place slices around turkey.
Pour chicken broth around turkey and place lid on Instant Pot.
Using "Slow Cook" setting, set timer for 7 hours if thawed, 9 if frozen.
When time is up, check for doneness with instant read thermometer. It should read 165 degrees in the thickest part of the meat.
Carefully remove turkey breast and keep warm.
Strain drippings and use to make gravy if desired.
If you don’t have an Instant Pot you can do the same thing in a slow cooker and in fact, that’s how I’ve done it for years. If the turkey breast is a little too large for your slow cooker, cover tightly with foil and place the lid on top. As it cooks, it will shrink and the lid will fit.
If you are looking for how to cook a whole turkey in the oven, including my easy hack for thawing a turkey, check out this post:
You can also cook a frozen ham in the Instant Pot!
And a whole frozen chicken…
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