Slow-Cooker Chicken & Chickpea Soup


1 ½ cups dried chickpeas, soaked overnight

4 cups water

1 large yellow onion, finely chopped

1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted

2 tablespoons tomato paste

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 bay leaf

4 teaspoons ground cumin

4 teaspoons paprika

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

¼ teaspoon ground pepper

2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed, trimmed

1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered

¼ cup halved pitted oil-cured olives

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro


Drain chickpeas and place in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Add 4 cups water, onion, tomatoes and their juice, tomato paste, garlic, bay leaf, cumin, paprika, cayenne and ground pepper; stir to combine. Add chicken.

Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.

Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let cool slightly. Discard bay leaf. Add artichokes, olives and salt to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Shred the chicken, discarding bones. Stir the chicken into the soup. Serve topped with parsley (or cilantro).


To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving Size: about 2 cups Per Serving: 447 calories; protein 33.6g; carbohydrates 43g; dietary fiber 11.6g; sugars 8.5g; fat 15.3g; saturated fat 3.3g; cholesterol 76.5mg; vitamin a iu 1590IU; vitamin c 15.1mg; folate 194.1mcg; calcium 114.7mg; iron 5.7mg; magnesium 78.7mg; potassium 608.8mg; sodium 761.8mg. Exchanges: