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Slow Cooker Chicken, White Bean, and Kale Soup with Parmesan Shavings from The Food Charlatan
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Slow Cooker Chicken, White Bean, and Kale Soup with Parmesan Shavings

Slow cook your way to a steamy bowl of comfort with this chicken & kale soup! White beans, carrots, and Parmesan shavings round out this easy dinner, which is healthy to boot. Serve with some crusty bread and extra cheese for extra yum.


  • 3 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed*
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 (30-oz) cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 rind Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 6-8 cups kale, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • Parmigiano Reggiano shavings


  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Remove the skin from the chicken and salt and pepper well.
  • Add the olive oil to the hot skillet. When it starts to shimmer, add the chicken. Sear well for 1-3 minutes, then flip and sear the other side until brown.
  • Add the onion, carrots, garlic, diced tomatoes, white beans, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, chicken broth, and Parmesan rind to a 6-7 quart crock pot.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove the chicken and shred, discarding bones. Return to the crock pot.
  • Add 6-8 cups of chopped kale, cover, and cook for another 10-20 minutes.
  • Serve with lots of Parmesan shavings and crusty bread!


*You can use chicken breasts if you like. Or, to make this even easier, omit the raw chicken and add about 2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken.


Serving: 1 g, Calories: 365 kcal, Carbohydrates: 37 g, Protein: 25 g, Fat: 14 g, Saturated Fat: 4 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 58 mg, Sodium: 1503 mg, Potassium: 1288 mg, Fiber: 10 g, Sugar: 4 g, Vitamin A: 10348 IU, Vitamin C: 91 mg, Calcium: 311 mg, Iron: 5 mg