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Slow-Cooked Moroccan Turkey Breast Cold Cut

Slow-cooked turkey with Moroccan Seasoning

My Moroccan-inspired Slow-Cooked Turkey Breast Cold Cut is quickly becoming my go-to way to enjoy this versatile protein. This recipe is not only perfect for any occasion but also delivers the aromas and flavors of Morocco with a deliciously seasoned slow-cooked turkey breast. I even added my personal touch with a hint of Noubess Hot and Spicy Sauce for a touch of heat. The result? Super moist and flavorful turkey that’s perfect for sandwiches, salads, or charcuterie boards.

Why Slow Cooker Turkey Breast?

Turkey breast is a lean protein that takes beautifully to slow cooking, resulting in moist and flavorful cold cuts. Plus, this recipe utilizes a slow cooker, making it perfect for busy weeknights.

Slow-cooked turkey breast with Moroccan Seasoning
Slow-cooked turkey with Moroccan Seasoning

The Magic of Moroccan Spices

The key to this recipe lies in the Moroccan spice mixture. While store-bought options can work well, you can also create your own unique blend!

DIY Spice Blend or Store-Bought Convenience:

  • Store-bought Moroccan Seasoning: Many brands offer pre-made Moroccan seasoning blends. Experiment to find one that suits your taste. These blends typically include warming spices like cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, and sometimes a touch of cayenne pepper.
  • DIY Moroccan Spice Blend: Create your blend for a more personalized touch! Here are some spices commonly found in Moroccan cuisine:
    • Cumin
    • Coriander
    • Ginger
    • Cinnamon
    • Cayenne pepper (optional)
    • Turmeric
    • Paprika
    • Black pepper
    • Saffron (for a luxurious touch)

Brining for Extra Flavor (Optional):

While not essential, brining can add another layer of flavor and moisture to your turkey breast. A simple brine can be made with just three ingredients:

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Moroccan seasoning (store-bought or your DIY blend)

Simply combine these ingredients and submerge the turkey breast in the brine for at least 4 hours, or ideally overnight.

Slow-cooked turkey with Moroccan Seasoning
Slow-cooked turkey breast with Moroccan Seasoning

Slow Cooker Simplicity:

The beauty of this recipe lies in the slow cooker. Here’s how to create this delicious cold cut:

  1. Season the Turkey: Choose your preferred method – a store-bought Moroccan seasoning blend or your DIY version. Rub the spices generously all over the turkey breast. Add a touch of Noubess Hot and Spicy Sauce (or your favorite hot sauce) to the rub for an extra kick.
  2. Slow Cooker Symphony: Place sliced carrots or onions (optional) in the bottom of your slow cooker. Add the seasoned turkey breast and pour in about a cup of warm water or chicken broth.
  3. Low and Slow: Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the turkey’s internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) as measured by a meat thermometer.
  4. Cooling Down: Once cooked, remove the turkey breast from the slow cooker and let it cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Slice and Savor: Thinly slice the turkey breast against the grain once cool. Enjoy it on its own, on a sandwich, or add it to your next charcuterie board!
Slow-cooked turkey with Moroccan Seasoning
Slow-cooked turkey breast with Moroccan Seasoning

Can you roast it in the oven instead of the slow cooker?

Absolutely! You can roast this Moroccan-inspired turkey breast in the oven instead of the slow cooker. Here’s how to adjust the recipe for oven roasting:

Tips and Tricks for Roasting Turkey Breast:

  • Leftover turkey breast can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Use the leftover cooking liquid to make couscous or rice to accompany your cold cuts.
  • Feeling adventurous? Experiment with other Moroccan spices like ras el hanout or harissa paste.

Beyond the Basic Recipe:

This recipe is just a jumping-off point! Get creative and explore different flavor combinations. Here are some ideas:

  • Harissa Honey Glaze: In the last hour of cooking, brush the turkey breast with a mixture of harissa paste and honey for a sweet and spicy kick.
  • Herb-Crusted Turkey: Before slow cooking, coat the turkey breast with a mixture of chopped fresh herbs like parsley, mint, and cilantro.

With this slow cooker Moroccan Turkey Breast Cold Cut, you can elevate your lunch game and impress your guests with homemade cold cuts that are both delicious and healthy. This recipe is also perfect for the holidays when you do not want to roast a whole turkey. So ditch the store-bought stuff and embark on a flavorful adventure with this easy and exotic recipe!

How to make a Moroccan Inspired Slow Cooked Turkey Breast

Slow-Cooked Turkey Breast deliciously seasoned with an aromatic Moroccan Spice mixture.
Prep Time 1 day 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 1 day 5 hours 40 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean Fusion
Servings 6
Calories 132 kcal


  • 1 bone-in turkey breast 4 to 5 pounds, skin removed
  • ½ cup Moroccan seasoning (preferably IronChef Seasoning)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 medium white onion sliced
  • 1 – 2 carrot peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp + 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Moroccan seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tbsp NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup water


  • To prepare the brine, in a large container, mix Moroccan Seasoning, sugar, hot pepper, and onion. Add about 8 cups of water and stir until most of the salt and sugar have melted about 3 – 5 minutes. After cleaning the turkey breast and removing the skin, submerge in brine, cover and place in refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Longer preferably.
  • Remove the breast from the brine. Shake off any moroccan seasoning and pat dry.
  • In a small boil, combine, oil, the garlic, Moroccan seasoning, paprika, thyme, sage, NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce; rub over turkey. In a 6-qt. slow cooker, add chopped carrots and add water. Place turkey breast on top of carrots. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until tender.


Depending on your slow cooker or crockpot, adjust cooking time. For more flavor, brine longer.


Calories: 132kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 25mgPotassium: 165mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 5339IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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