Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken, and Kale Soup
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
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), 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.
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.
Pairs Well With
This yummy soup is a great comfort food for those rainy days. Plus it is really easy just throw it all in a slow cooker and leave it be! I like to leave it over night and turn it off when I wake up in the morning.