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  • Recipes
  • Dish type
  • Main course
  • Stew and casserole
  • Turkey

Easy to make, flavourful and creates a wonderful aroma to come home to. Serve with rice.

32 people made this

IngredientsServes: 8

  • 1 (1.8kg) boneless turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 300g chopped onion
  • 75g pitted Kalamata olives
  • 55g oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon savoury seasoning or mixed herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:7hr30min ›Ready in:7hr50min

  1. Place turkey breast, 60ml chicken stock, lemon juice, onion, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, seasoning, salt and pepper in the bowl of a slow cooker. Cover; cook on Low for 7 hours.
  2. Combine the remaining chicken stock and the flour in a small bowl; whisk until smooth. Stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low for an additional 30 minutes.

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Reviews in English (25)

by Pam K.

I added hot pepper rings for spice and a can of garbanzo beans. Near the end I added a can of artichoke hearts. The meal was excellent! I served it over rice. My turkey breast was frozen, I cooked it 6 hours on high and it turned out perfectly!-17 Apr 2011

by tinadubs

This was a good recipe. I added a little water to mine because the onions were burning to my slow cooker. The fregrence of the turkey filled my house in the first hour and smelled so good! I left out the olives but followed the recipe otherwise. The turkey was moist and very flavorful too! Will make again. Thanks for the recipe!-03 May 2011

Turkey and Sausage Stew Slow Cooker Recipe

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I don’t think there are many food as underrated as a turkey leg. Cheap as chips and the Slow Cooker Turkey and Sausage Stew is a really yummy dinner that the whole family can enjoy. This is a great slow cooker recipe to use leftover turkey and is perfect for freezing.

We mainly eat this easy stew during the winter but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy it through the warmer months too. It’s a great comfort food, really filling and full of flavour. The combination of turkey, bacon and sausage gives it such a meaty fullness that even the children enjoy.

Which Meat Goes in an Irish Stew Recipe?

From the research I’ve done on this, there is no definitive answer to this question. If a family could afford beef, then it would be beef.

If they were on a smaller income, then lamb or mutton would have been used. And if a family was strapped for cash, then no doubt rabbit or hare would have been the meat of choice, as these were freely available to all that could hunt.

My first choice for a slow cooker Irish stew would have been mutton.

Being from an older sheep (2 year plus), the meat is tougher, stronger in flavour, and fattier. I’ll admit this doesn’t sound terribly appetising, however this is the meat that a slow cooker can turn into pure edible heaven!

However my butcher doesn’t stock mutton as a rule, as he needs to buy the whole sheep, and sadly there is very little call for it these days.

So instead he recommended lamb neck, which was just perfect.

Lamb neck is a cheaper cut of meat and something I love about this simple stew is that it is great for keeping food budgets down, with just carrots, potatoes and onions as the other key ingredients.

If you wanted to keep costs really low, you could even replace the meat with lentils (and perhaps some beans – just make sure they are cooked beans as the slow cooker doesn’t always cook them through and add them later on in the recipe in this instance). The timings can be reduced again for a vegetarian version of this recipe.

Tips for Making Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken

  • Although I made this with chicken thighs since they stay nice and tender, you can also make this recipe with chicken breasts (skinless, bone-in for a more flavor), skinless chicken drumsticks, or even a pork tenderloin or trimmed pork shoulder.
  • While the slow cooker is the easiest option, in my opinion, this is definitely a recipe that can be made stove-top or even in the oven. For a stove-top version, using a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pan, add the chicken and let it brown on each side. Remove it and saute the onions and garlic. Then add the remaining ingredients and let everything cook for about 45 minutes on a simmer until the chicken is fork tender. For an oven option, add everything to a glass baking dish and cover with foil. Cook it at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through, removing the foil during the last five minutes of cooking so the chicken can brown.
  • When it comes red peppers for this dish, you have two options. For a more savory option, use roasted red peppers. For a sweeter option, use the jarred peppadew or sweet cherry peppers.
  • Olives are an important part of this dish and add a lot of flavor, so make sure to choose an olive that you would happily eat on its own. While I love green Castelvetrano olives, you could use Kalamata olives, black olives, or really any good tasting olive.

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1. Combine the allspice and 3 tbsp salt in a small bowl. Season the turkey thighs with half the salt mixture in a 5 quart slow cooker.

2. Toss the squash, chickpeas, tomatoes, apricots, raisins, carrots, onions and chilies with the remaining spiced salt. Pour the vegetables over the turkey (the cooker will be full arrange the mixture so the lid fits). Cover and cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.

3. Spoon the vegetables and broth into bowls. Remove and discard the turkey bones and place the meat on top of the vegetables.

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Leftover Turkey Stew in the Slow Cooker Crock Pot

During the holiday week between Christmas and New Years, I made a roasted turkey breast. Unfortunately, my husband didn&rsquot car for the spice rub I used.

So, I had to think of something to do with all the leftovers. I certainly didn&rsquot want to eat all the sliced turkey breast myself.

Looking for something that required little effort, I came up with this leftover turkey stew. It&rsquos so simple to make. You just dump everything in the crock pot and wait for the cooking cycle to end.

One of my initiatives is to come up with more easy slow cooker low carb recipes. This one certainly fits the bill!

In the past, I&rsquove used radishes in place of potatoes. But, after enjoying some turnips at Christmas dinner, I used them instead.

The spice rub that I used on my roasted turkey was a blend of rosemary and thyme. My husband didn&rsquot care for either of those.

However, they are great poultry seasonings. So, I added a bit more into the crock pot of leftover turkey stew.

I used homemade turkey broth that I slow cooked in the crock pot earlier. But, canned broth is fine if you don&rsquot have the time to make it yourself.

In addition to the turnips, I added some green beans and celery. It turned out to be a very hearty and chunky stew.

Although most stews are thick, I chose not to thicken it. You can certainly use a low carb thickener like xanthan gum or glucomannan powder if you prefer.

I ended up taking this leftover turkey stew to a New Year&rsquos Day family get together. It turned out to be a hit with all who gave it a try.

In fact, I discovered that my sister-in-law&rsquos boyfriend is a turnip lover. I didn&rsquot tell anyone that&rsquos what I used, but he figured it out.

And, I learned something new. He told me that he loves to heat fresh turnips raw.

I always thought turnips were a vegetable that needed to be cooked. Turns out I was wrong.

Next time I pick some up, I&rsquoll give them a try raw. I&rsquom curious to see how the texture is.

I thought the turnips were a great substitute for potatoes in this stew. They would certainly work instead of radishes in my beef stew recipe here as well as in my zuppa toscana soup.

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