Slow Cooker Apricot Balsamic Glazed Turkey Breast

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Servings 10

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Tender, moist turkey breast brushed with a sweet and tangy apricot balsamic glaze — the perfect slow cooker meal for the holidays so you can enjoy your guests!

shredded turkey breast in apricot balsamic glaze on a bed of mashed potatoes on a white plate

Confession time: I’ve never cooked a turkey.

But seriously, what is the smallest size you can get a turkey? Those things are huge! What do I want with like 20lbs of turkey meat?

Most often on the holidays we’re at my husbands’ parents or my parents’ house and my mom or his mom takes care of the turkey, and I’m usually slotted in for dessert (surprised?). Someday, I will conquer the whole turkey. For now? Turkey breasts. I love them!

Turkey breasts are awesome for a small gathering or a family dinner when you want plenty of leftovers (and I am a leftover lover).

close up image of turkey breast with apricot balsamic glaze on mashed potatoes on a white plate

I am also a slow cooker lover. I think slow cookers are awesome every day, every season, but particularly around the holidays! Those are the times when you want something super delicious, you might be entertaining family, you might want to use your oven for other dishes, and you might actually want to visit with the people you’re entertaining!

I love using apricot preserves in all kinds of savory dishes where I want a little sweetness — they have such a mild, sweet flavor that goes with so many things! (Like Mongolian Beef maybe, or Chicken Chow Mein?)

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Slow Cooker Apricot Balsamic Glazed Turkey Breast

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This Slow Cooker Apricot Balsamic Glazed Turkey Breast is an easy holiday dinner!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 10
Calories 161cal


  • 3 lb frozen turkey breast
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


  • Place turkey breast in the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper and pour chicken broth into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for about 8 hours, or until a meat thermometer reaches 170 degrees F in the thickest part. Remove from slow cooker and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Place back in the slow cooker and set to keep warm.
  • In a small pot, combine preserves, vinegar, garlic and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, and reduce to medium, whisking often.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes until reduced and thickened slightly (it won’t become super thick, but there will be a noticeable difference — it will continue to thicken as it cools). Pour over turkey slices in slow cooker and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 161cal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 367mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says

    Turkey can be totally intimidating! Making it in the slowcooker though makes me feel a lot better about it- especially when it can be as delicious as this. Yum!

  2. marcie says

    I cook turkeys once a year, but turkey breasts as much as possible! My kids love it and there are always leftovers, which I love. Using a slow cooker was a great idea, and that sauce sounds so good!

  3. Rachel @ Bakerita says

    This looks so incredible! I actually made the turkey on Thanksgiving last year, though I did recruit my grandma’s help as soon as she got there, haha. This looks like a way easier way to enjoy turkey…loving that glaze!

  4. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says

    I’ve only ever cooked turkey on thanksgiving and I agree it’s always huge. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a small turkey. They just don’t happen. I need to check out these turkey breasts too. This dish sound delicious and I’m loving that apricot glaze! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! This is making me hungry! Love the apricot/balsamic combo! We usually go to a big Thanksgiving at my brother in law’s in Ohio, but I always make a full T-day dinner the next weekend because I want leftovers!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says

    I have been in charge of the turkey for a few of our family holiday dinners but anytime it’s just our little family, turkey breasts totally rule! I love the apricot glaze and that you made it in the slow cooker! It looks so flavorful and amazing!

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