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.

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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).

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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!

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Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup

4.91 from 10 votes

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

Servings: 6 Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 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*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 144mg6%
Potassium 799mg23%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 4725IU95%
Vitamin C 62.8mg76%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken soup, Kale Soup, slow cooker soup
Calories: 270 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Joye: Just made this & it was soo yummy!! I didn’t measure the amount of lemon juice but poured a lot in & was SOO great! Jaclyn, thank you-Love your recipes!! May 1, 2019 at 6:55pm Reply

  • Cara: It’s my first ever soup recipe with quinoa. It’s really great. Love it! March 16, 2019 at 4:43pm Reply

  • Benjamin Miller: The nutritional facts don’t say how large a serving size is… delicious and super healthy! February 20, 2019 at 11:52am Reply

  • Cat: Good soup that smells amazing, I thought it was lacking some flavor so I added more lemon juice. I also added 1 can of corn, and I think 1 cup of quinoa would be good instead of 3/4. Overall, I am really happy with it. Warmed my bones and soul! February 9, 2019 at 2:56pm Reply

  • Tammy: A family favorite, I could eat this soup every day. Filling, light and the flavors, are exciting. This has become a go to. January 19, 2019 at 7:20am Reply

  • Marsha: The recipe does not say when to include the broth. Do you start out cooking the first ingredients in the slow cooker with the 7 cups of low salt chicken broth? I just want to mak sure. January 1, 2019 at 10:14am Reply

  • Erin: I think I have made this soup more than any other soup in my rotation. It is so dang good, comforting but not indulgent. December 31, 2018 at 2:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad to hear it’s been a regular for you Erin! Thanks for your review! December 31, 2018 at 4:26pm Reply

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