Apple Butter-Glazed Turkey Recipe

Apple Butter Glazed Turkey
Hector Manuel Sanchez
10 Minutes
6 Hours, 10 Minutes


Serves 6

Apple Butter-Glazed Turkey is as easy as slow cooker recipes come. All you have to do is pile in all the ingredients and let the machine work its magic. Cook on HIGH for the first hour of cooking, then reduce the heat to LOW. It will cook for around 5 hours, or until the turkey and carrots are tender. To serve, put the turkey and carrots on a platter. Strain the juices from the slow cooker and toss the solids. Bring the liquid to a boil and whisk in a combination of cornstarch and water. This will help the juices thicken. Serve the sauce over the turkey and carrots. Garnish the dish with orange zest. This recipe is a great option for Sunday dinner. From start to finish it will take just over six hours—with only 10 minutes of hands-on time. It yields 6 hearty servings and can be stretched even further with the addition of a few of our favorite sides.


  • 2 pounds large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices (about 5 cups)
  • 4 (1-lb.) turkey tenderloins
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup thawed frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Orange zest

How to Make

  1. Place carrots in a 5-quart slow cooker. Arrange turkey over carrots. Stir together dark brown sugar, apple butter, juice concentrate, pumpkin pie spice, salt, dry mustard, and crushed red pepper. Pour mixture over turkey tenderloins, and top with rosemary sprigs. Cover and cook on HIGH 1 hour. Reduce heat to LOW, and cook until turkey and carrots are tender, about 5 hours. Place turkey and carrots on a serving platter.
  2. Pour juices from slow cooker through a wire-mesh strainer into a 3-quart saucepan, discarding solids. Bring to a boil over high. Whisk together cornstarch and water in a small bowl until smooth. Gradually whisk cornstarch mixture into juices, and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. Serve sauce over turkey and carrots. Garnish with orange zest.