Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: This soup recipe is easy, convenient, and so satisfying.

How long it takes: 15 minutes to prep, 4 hours on HIgh or 7 hours on Low
Equipment you’ll need: slow cooker (crockpot)
Servings: 10

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Do you eat all the vegetables and fruit that researchers tell you are essential for good health? The American Heart Association recommends that at minimum we should be eating at least 5 servings of veggies a day and 4 servings of fruit. I’d guess that most of us don’t achieve that goal on a daily basis. I know I probably don’t.

This slow cooker chicken kale soup will get you on the right track for good nutrition because there are six cups of kale in it, plus carrots, onions, celery, and tomatoes. And because it’s so delicious, you’ll find yourself rejoicing in how easy it is to eat all those vegetables.

Plus, crockpot chicken kale soup is a snap to make. Simply put everything in the slow cooker, turn it on, and forget about it. It’ll be ready when dinner time rolls around.

This kale and chicken soup is delicious with warm bread or muffins. Try healthy whole wheat cornbread or Italian herb and cheese pull-apart bread. Or sprinkle homemade croutons on the soup.

Healthy soup in a slow cooker with a ladle.

About This Chicken Soup Recipe

Easy to make, with lots of healthy protein, white beans, and good-for-you veggies … what’s the catch, you might ask. No catch, just plain good cooking. 

Pile everything into your slow cooker and let it work its magic! Shortly before serving the soup, remove the chicken breasts to a plate, cool slightly and shred the meat. Put it back into the slow cooker and mix it in. Add a splash of red wine vinegar for a touch of acidity to brighten the flavor.

Two white bowls full of chicken and kale soup, garnished with fresh parsley.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts (use thighs if you prefer)
  • Kale – lots of it, 6 cups! So good for you.
  • Carrots, celery, onion, garlic – These aromatics add lots of great flavor.
  • Canned cannellini beans – or any other white beans
  • Canned diced tomatoes – use fresh tomatoes if you prefer.
  • Chicken broth – look for unsalted or low sodium broth to keep the sodium content low.
  • Bay leaf, dried thyme, salt and pepper – simple seasonings from your pantry
  • Red wine vinegar – just a dash of vinegar adds surprising depth to the broth. Lemon juice works too.
Close up of soup in a black slow cooker.

FAQs

How do you make chicken soup taste richer?

I find that dark meat is a bit more flavorful and richer. Add lots of seasoning like garlic, onion, and herbs. Use good quality stock or broth. Adding a bit of acidity at the end of the cooking really punches up the flavor too. Try adding red wine vinegar or lemon juice.

Make This Chicken Soup Recipe Your Own

  • Vegetarian: Omit the chicken. There’s plenty of protein in this soup without it. Add a second can of beans if you want. Serve it with a sprinkling of cheese.
  • Keto/Whole 30: Omit the beans. 
  • Sweet potato is a tasty alternative to carrots. Peel a sweet potato and dice it.
A bowl of soup with a black-handled spoon in it.

Storage Tips

Refrigerate: This chicken kale soup recipe makes a big batch, about ten servings. The good news is that it’s great reheated the next day, either in the microwave or on the stovetop. Healthy chicken kale soup soup makes a wonderful lunch!

Freeze: It can be frozen for up to month, too. For best results, thaw it overnight in the fridge and reheat gently. 

Kale, chicken, tomato, and carrot soup in a white bowl.

Vegetable Soup Recipes

Soup is a perfect way to eat a bunch of veggies all at once. Try one of these vegetable-loaded soup recipes:

For more soups that include kale, try Zuppa Toscana, Italian Sausage Stew with White Beans and Kale or Chicken Barley Soup with Kale and Butternut Squash.
Looking for more kale recipes? Check out my list of 20 amazing kale recipes.

Crockpot Soup Recipes

Overhead view of a white two-handled bowl full of colorful healthy soup.
Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Kale Soup Recipe

4.39 from 18 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Slow cooker chicken kale soup simmers all day for a healthy, hearty dinner that's ready when you are. It's packed with lean chicken, lots of leafy green kale, cannellini beans, and loads of flavor.
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Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts (see note)
  • 6 cups lightly packed, roughly chopped kale (about 1 bunch)
  • 2 cups sliced or diced carrots (3 medium carrots)
  • 1 ½ cups sliced or diced celery (3 stalks)
  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 medium onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 cans (15.8 oz.) cannellini beans, undrained (see note)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained (preferably no-salt added)
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste (or coarsely ground black pepper)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, or to taste

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients, except red wine vinegar, to 6-quart slow cooker, making sure chicken is submerged in liquid. 
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 7 to 8 hours. 
  • Remove chicken to plate, cool slightly, and shred with two forks. Return shredded chicken to crockpot.
  • Add one tablespoon red wine vinegar, stir well, and taste. Add more vinegar, salt, and pepper if needed.

Notes

  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs may be substituted if you prefer dark meat.
  • Use any white bean, such as cannellini, great Northern, or navy beans. If you prefer, rinse and drain the beans before adding them to the soup.
  • Leftover soup can be refrigerated up to 5 days or frozen up to one month. Thaw overnight before reheating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups, Calories: 240kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 572mg, Potassium: 1155mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 8446IU, Vitamin C: 56mg, Calcium: 166mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    This is a great hearty nutritious soup. I have one question, for the beans it calls for two cans 15.8 oz, is it 15.8 per can or 15.8 total? I know I can adjust how I like but needing to know for nutrition info stated and dietary tracking purposes.

    Thanks!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      15.8 oz per can.