Slow Cooker Shredded Turkey

Shredded Turkey in a bowl

Savory Shredded Turkey Recipe is a Delectable Delight

The slow cooker shredded turkey recipe is a savory symphony that begins with a plump, succulent turkey cooked to tender perfection. Seasoned generously with aromatic herbs like thyme, rosemary, and sage, this dish delivers a flavorful punch. Slow-cooked to achieve unparalleled tenderness, the turkey is then delicately shredded, revealing its moist and juicy interior.

The meat’s succulence can be further enhanced by tossing it with a luscious, make-ahead homemade gravy, infused with rich turkey drippings and aromatic spices. This shredded turkey recipe is a comforting delight that has multiple uses such as in soups, wraps and sandwiches, quesadillas, in salads, ravioli or shell stuffing, and my personal favorite- Thanksgiving Flatbread Pizza where a flatbread is layered with Cranberry sauce, shredded turkey, stuffing and then smothered in cheese and gravy for the ultimate Thanksgiving leftovers bite!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza
Flatbread style pizza is layered with tart cranberry sauce, covered in shredded turkey, topped with savory stuffing then smothered with cheddar cheese and finished with gravy!
Shredded Turkey in a bowl

Crockpot Shredded Turkey

This shredded turkey recipe couldn't be easier and can be served as a main dish, or used as an ingredient to make other dishes. You can scale the recipe up or down as needed, and whereas I use Turkey Breasts in this recipe, you can use any combination of dark or white meat thighs and breasts.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 3 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • fresh boneless turkey breast
  • approx 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 Onion- quartered
  • 4-5 garlic cloves – peeled and smashed with side of a large knife
  • salt, pepper


  • Pay dry fresh turkey breast and season with salt & pepper.
  • Place onion pieces on bottom of slow cooker. Place Turkey into slow cooker. If you have herbs handy, you can also add them in the pot. 
  • Pour enough chicken stock over the turkey to just cover it
  • Turn crock pot on high for about 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Meat should be fork tender. 
  • When done, carefully remove meat to a large bowl. When cool enough to handle, shred adding some broth as you go to prevent drying out.
  • You can drain the juices from the crockpot through a fine mesh sieve and use it to make a quick gravy if you would like. Or, simply season with salt and pepper to taste and serve the moist delicious, shredded meat as is. 


Serving ideas:
  • Serve on a roll with cranberry sauce, lettuce and cheddar cheese. 
  • Serve over mashed potatoes and smothered in gravy. 
  • Make Turkey Tacos
  • Serve over warm Brussel sprout salad
  • Make a Thanksgiving pizza (personal favorite and most requested!)
Keyword turkey

Source a boneless or Bone on Turkey Breast

I prefer to use a bone-in turkey breast and butcher it myself. I make stock with the bones and use the meat in the slow cooker.
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