Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup


It may seem as though I make every soup in the slow cooker lately. Well, basically, I do. I cant get enough soup this winter during these bitter cold days, and I love the fact that I can come home to a warm pot of soup waiting for me in my kitchen. I also realized a healthy recipe is much overdue here with all the holiday baking I’ve been doing.

Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup | Cooking Classy

This soup is loaded with with nutrition and you get plenty of protein from the chicken, quinoa, kale and beans. It’s so hearty and filling and amazingly delicious, that it’s hard to believe it’s actually good for you. I added a bit of lemon juice because I love the way lemon pairs with both quinoa and kale. I also chose to add in the beans because I like a soup with plenty of body, I’m not into those really brothy soups unless I’m sick or something. I need sustenance (thank you Thor). If I’m going to have soup as my main meal then it better be loaded. Which also means of course I couldn’t leave out the cheese :). Everything is better with a little bit of cheese sprinkled over it. If you are really aiming to be healthy you could leave it off but I say it’s worth the calories to add a tablespoon or two of parmesan. That’s the great thing about parmesan, thanks to it’s sharp flavor, a little of it will go a long way without adding a huge amount of calories. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup | Cooking Classy


Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup | Cooking Classy


Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup

5 from 2 votes

This soup is loaded with with nutrition and you get plenty of protein from the chicken, quinoa, kale and beans. It's so hearty and filling and amazingly delicious, that it's hard to believe it's actually good for you.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 366 kcal


  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (raw)
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium onion)
  • 1 cup chopped celery (about 3 stalks)
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary , crushed
  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth (7 cups)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can Great Northern or Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups packed kale , roughly chopped (thick ribs chopped and discarded)
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Finely shredded parmesan cheese , for serving


  1. Add chicken to a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker, then add onions, celery and garlic, then drizzle with olive oil. Add quinoa (for a more firm textured quinoa add during last 30 minutes to 1 hour of cooking, per reviewers comments), thyme, rosemary and pour in chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook on HIGH 3 1/2 - 4 hours or LOW 7 - 8 hours.
  2. Remove chicken, let rest 10 minutes then cut into bite size pieces and return to soup. Meanwhile, add in beans, kale, parsley and lemon juice, then cover and continue to cook on HIGH heat another 10 - 20 minutes until kale has reached desired doneness. Serve warm topped with parmesan cheese.
  3. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 403mg 17%
Potassium 1188mg 34%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 94.5%
Vitamin C 76.1%
Calcium 13.7%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Ali: Only thing I would change…. Don’t add the quinoa so early. Became starchy mushy mess. Otherwise was great recipe. Thx. January 6, 2014 at 6:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you liked it Ali! Thanks for the comment and tip! January 6, 2014 at 9:57pm Reply

    • Laurie: I followed your recommendation about putting the Quinoa later in the process, and it wasn’t mushy, so thank you. October 19, 2014 at 9:18pm Reply

    • Christianne: When did you add the quinoa? I’m cooking it on high for 3.5 – 4 hours. When should I add the quinoa? Thanks!! January 19, 2015 at 12:15pm Reply

      • Jaclyn: I would probably recommend adding it during the last 30 minutes of cooking. January 20, 2015 at 10:35pm Reply

  • Ashley: This looks so yummy! My mom and I have been really in to kale and quinoa lately and this is a recipe I’d love to try in my new crockpot (thanks Santa!). My mom is trying to eat as vegan as possible though and I was wondering if this recipe would be just as delicious with vegetable broth and no chicken? January 5, 2014 at 10:48am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think it would still be delicious, I might add in another veggie for a filler and also more beans. Hope you and your mom love it! January 15, 2014 at 11:22pm Reply

  • Barbara: Cooking this soup right now and the house smells wonderful. So glad to find something so healthy with kale and quinoa. Can’t wait to taste it. January 4, 2014 at 6:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you loved it Barbara! January 12, 2014 at 9:21pm Reply

  • Annie: Do you have the Nutritional info for this soup? January 1, 2014 at 3:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t but you can find it on sites like and others. January 2, 2014 at 10:44pm Reply

    • Barbara: Using the Lose It App I calculated that 1 serving has 327 calories, total fat 5.8g, saturated fat 0.5g, Cholesterol n/a, sodium 535.7 mg, total carbs 29.1 g, fiber 4.7g, sugars 1.7g, protein 8.7g. Hope this helps! February 7, 2016 at 7:33am Reply

  • B @ The Sequin Notebook: I’m always looking for new kale recipes, so this soup sounds like a great meal for a cold winter night…looking forward to trying it out soon! December 27, 2013 at 7:47pm Reply

  • Laura: Made this for Christmas dinner today (we needed something healthful to off-set all of the stocking goodies and cookies). YUM! Followed recipe exactly and cooked it on high. Came out fantastic. Served it with crusty bread. December 25, 2013 at 6:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed this soup Laura! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for your comment :)! December 26, 2013 at 10:42pm Reply

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness: I am all over anything that I can make in a slow cooker! Especially with how healthy this sounds. Lovin’ the idea of using quinoa in a soup…perfect with lemon and kale! December 19, 2013 at 2:32pm Reply

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking: Pure comfort food! This soup looks as delicious as it is wholesome and healthy. Wonderful weeknight meal, Jaclyn! December 19, 2013 at 9:28am Reply

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