Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Soup

Perfect for busy weeknights, this Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Soup is bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients.
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Soup - The Lemon BowlFun Fact: I have never used my slow cooker more in my entire life than I have in recent months! Between the 4 feet of snow on the ground and the craziness of caring for a 3 month old and 2 year old all day, slow cooking is a complete lifesaver.

Katies-Cucina-Virtual-Baby-Shower-600Speaking of caring for little ones, today we are throwing a Surprise Virtual Baby Shower for my dear friend Katie of Katie’s Cucina. I first “met” Katie last year when she invited me to participate in a Google+ Hangout to discuss Tips for Healthy Entertaining. We finally got to meet in person the following month at Food Blog Forum in Orlando and then again at BlogHer Food in Austin! Let me tell you, Katie is a complete gem. She radiates positivity and her passion for good food is evident in every recipe she shares.

Slow Cooker Chicken Italian Soup - The Lemon BowlThe Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Soup that I created in honor of Katie is actually a twist on one of our long time favorites: Slow Cooked Tuscan Chicken and Beans. It is perfect for a new mom who may only have a few moments to think about dinner but needs a hearty and healthy meal more than anyone!

As I work towards losing the rest of the baby weight, I’ve found that eating leftovers for lunch the next day is not only a huge time saver but a great way to keep my calories in check for the day. This soup is naturally gluten free, full of protein and extremely satisfying. If you prefer soup on the spicier side, double the chili flakes. To keep the dish more mild, use black pepper instead.

One last tip: whenever you slow cook food for many hours, I recommend garnishing with fresh herbs before serving. It brightens up the dish and adds a much needed fresh flavor to round out the meal.

5.0 from 3 reviews
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Perfect for busy weeknights, this Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Soup is bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts - cubed
  • 1 medium onion - diced
  • 1 zucchini - diced
  • 1 red pepper - seeded and diced
  • 15 oz cannellini beans - drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes - low sodium
  • 2 cups chopped frozen kale
  • 6 cups chicken broth - low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes (or black pepper)
  • fresh parsley - optional garnish
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except for the fresh parsley in a slow cooker and heat on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.
  2. Garnish with fresh parsley to serve.
Notes
To use fresh kale instead of frozen simply add it 15 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Alternatively, Swiss chard or spinach would work well too.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 cups Calories: 189 Fat: 1.8 g Saturated fat: .1 g Unsaturated fat: 1.7 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 20.9 g Sugar: 5.1 g Sodium: 647 mg Fiber: 5.6 g Protein: 23 g Cholesterol: 40 mg

Take some time and check out all of the other incredible recipes created to celebrate our friend Katie and her upcoming arrival! You won’t regret it.

Easy Broccoli & Cheddar Soup from The Little Kitchen
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers from Cook the Story
Individual Tortilla Caprese Pizzas from a farmgirl’s dabbles
Easy Cheesy Potato Corn Chowder from A Little Claireification
Slow Cooker Jambalaya from A Spicy Perspective
Italian Style Stir Fry from Aggie’s Kitchen
Apricot Chicken from Bombshell Bling
Easy Baked Spaghetti from Chocolate & Carrots
Cuban Casserole with Whole Grain Mustard Butter Biscuits from Climbing Grier Mountain
Freezer-Friendly Quinoa Meatballs from Cooking with Books
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Cake from Inside BruCrew Life
Asparagus And Leek Quiche from Kokocooks
Roasted Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Red Potatoes from Life After Empty Nest
Yogurt Blueberry and Honey Smoothie from My Sweet Zepol
Pesto Parmesan Chicken Salad from Shaken Together
Printable Baby Whale Themed Cards and Project Life Mini Album from Simply Kelly Designs
Coconut Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies from Simply Southern Baking
Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Garden Vegetables from Sweet Remedy
Easy Kofta Kebabs from Tasty Chomps
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos from The Nifty Foodie
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Comments

  1. says

    I’m always on the hunt for Slow Cooker meals. And YES having healthy leftovers for lunch options is great. I have the ingredients on hand (including frozen kale — a new to me find)… THANKS for dinner tonight!

  2. says

    Liz–I’m so glad we got to meet last year. Thank you so much for participating in my virtual baby shower. My heart is so full from all the thoughtful post/recipes/crafts. You know I love a good soup and even more so the slow cooker. I already embrace the slow cooker so I have a feeling its going to really become my new best friend in the coming months! :)

  3. Danielle says

    This soup sounds delicious! Love soups at this time of year especially. May I ask what you use/recommend for calculating nutritional information for a recipe?

  4. says

    I hear you! The slow cooker is a huge help when you’ve got little ones to care for. I love the fresh herbs added at the end. Great idea for taking a slow cooker recipe to a bright fresh level. Thanks for joining with us to celebrate Katie!

  5. Ann P. says

    Had friends over for dinner last night, and we made this soup. We did it on the stovetop instead of using the slow cooker – worked great, and the soup was delicious! Have some leftovers to continue enjoying. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. NYPete says

    This soup sounds DELICIOUS, but I do have a stupid question, do you cook the chicken first or let it cook in the slow cooker?
    I have a GREAT fear of under-cooked chicken as I’ve encountered it more than once in restaurants!
    Thanks!

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