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

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Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup

5 from 4 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.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken soup, slow cooker soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 270 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 144mg 6%
Potassium 799mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 94.5%
Vitamin C 76.1%
Calcium 10.2%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Tiffany: How much is per serving? 1 cup? October 9, 2018 at 2:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I haven’t measured in cups but if poured into storage bowls they usually have the cups listed on bottom (or big liquid measuring cups) and that may help you determine. October 9, 2018 at 4:26pm Reply

  • Alex: A definite “go to” recipe in our house. So yum, so healthy, and so easy. September 25, 2018 at 1:37pm Reply

  • Lori: Hi just wondering what the calories are per serving. And serving size. April 24, 2018 at 12:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hi – just added it to the recipe. :) April 24, 2018 at 12:21pm Reply

  • Erin: Hi! I just want to say that I have lost count of how many times I have made this soup over the last couple of years but it is safe to say I make it at least once a month. I love making a big batch on the weekends and having it for my work lunch all week. It is so comforting yet fresh at the same time. Love it!! February 2, 2018 at 2:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Erin! February 5, 2018 at 12:40pm Reply

  • Sara: Has anyone tried using frozen kale? If so, any tips? And would I have to change the amount I use if frozen? January 14, 2018 at 9:43am Reply

  • Bren: So yummy! I added carrots and shred chicken instead of cube December 31, 2017 at 8:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Bren! Thanks for leaving a review! December 31, 2017 at 11:24pm Reply

  • Lisa: Hi is there a way to make this on a stove top, I don’t have a slow cooker. It looks delicious and sounds like everyone loves it, please help? November 15, 2017 at 4:17pm Reply

  • Natalie: This is one of my most favorite recipes ever. Thank you for sharing it! May 23, 2017 at 1:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! May 25, 2017 at 11:25am Reply

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