Slow Cooker Chicken, Quinoa, & Kale Soup

My co-worker Emily came into the office a couple of weeks ago and said “Jenn I made this recipe over the weekend that you have to try and post on your blog!”  And I immediately thought yes.  I am always on the lookout for healthy recipes that are easy to make, and we all know I love my crock pot :)

I’ll admit that I wasn’t initially sold on the quinoa aspect of this recipe, as I don’t eat it all that often, but I have to say it was pretty darn good.  And Emily also reassured me that it was delicious!

These are some the ingredients you’ll need…

Ingredients for Chicken, Kale, and Quinoa Slow Cooker Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken, Quinoa, & Kale Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 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
  • 4 cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 15.5 oz. can of Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups packed kale, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)

Instructions

First you will place the chicken in the crock pot. Then add onions, celery, and garlic, then add the olive oil. After this you'll add the quinoa, thyme, rosemary, and chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high 3 1/2 - 4 hours or low 7 - 8 hours.

You will then remove the chicken and let it rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, add the beans, kale, parsley, and lemon juice. Cover and cook on high for 10 - 20 minutes. Before placing the chicken back into the crock pot you will want to cut or shred it into bite sized pieces. Cook for 10 more minutes. Then serve!

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Ingredients for Chicken, Kale, and Quinoa Slow Cooker Soup

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Ingredients for Chicken, Kale, and Quinoa Slow Cooker Soup

Ingredients for Chicken, Kale, and Quinoa Slow Cooker Soup

This recipe is great for a cold night and will definitely be a staple in our household :)  You can also freeze it for a quick meal in the future!