Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Chicken & Chickpea Soup

Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Chicken & Chickpea Soup

10 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March 2019

This set-it-and-forget-it slow-cooker recipe simmers away all day so you come home to a warm and healthy dinner the whole family will love. Using bone-in chicken is the key to making rich soup without adding broth.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1½ 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


  • Prep

  • Ready In

  1. 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.
  2. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.
  3. 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.
  • Equipment: 6-qt. or larger slow cooker

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 2 cups
  • Per serving: 446 calories; 15 g fat(3 g sat); 12 g fiber; 43 g carbohydrates; 34 g protein; 194 mcg folate; 77 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,590 IU vitamin A; 15 mg vitamin C; 115 mg calcium; 6 mg iron; 762 mg sodium; 609 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (48% daily value), Iron (33% dv), Vitamin A (32% dv), Vitamin C (25% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 4½ lean protein, 2 starch, 2 vegetable, ½ fat

Reviews 10

November 01, 2019
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By: Lala
Beans and legumes will NEVER cook properly if they are in a tomato-based and/or salted liquid. That's why folks who used canned chickpeas had a better experience.
July 22, 2019
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By: Bryan Cook
I didnt have any issues with the chickpeas, though may try with hominy. I was afraid of to little flavor so I treated it with more cumin and pepper and smoked paprika. I used chicken quarters and removed the skin just prior to pulling. I liked it and had plenty of flavor for limiting salt. May try it with Italian seasoning instead next, trying to have more Mediterranean taste instead of Mexican.
June 19, 2019
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By: Chef BB
Made with a few changes... Used a 25 ounce can of Westbrae organic garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained, and 4 cups of chicken broth. Didn't have chicken thighs so used a large chicken breast instead (came out dry so will add halfway through next time or be sure to buy thighs). At the end, the soup was not as thick as I like, so I tossed in a pouch of TJ's frozen organic jasmine rice, which warmed up quickly in the hot soup. I also found the flavor bland, missing something, so I sprinkled in a little True Lime, which gave it a nice hint of zesty flavor.
May 04, 2019
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By: DS Laraway
Made the recipe as written, using bone in chicken thighs and soaking chickpeas overnight, cooked 8 hours on low. Soup was flavorless and chickpeas were hard, chalky little rocks.
March 29, 2019
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By: MILaura
Made it as recipe called for and used High Heat/4 hour slow cooker path. I found this dish to be lacking flavor. Not looking for spicy, but looking for something more memorable. Chickpeas soaked for 24 hours and came out al dente. Didn't find them undercooked, but not as mushy as canned. I won't make this again without a lot of modification.
March 15, 2019
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By: Paul Knudsen
I (almost) always make a recipe as written the first time, then make any changes the next time. In this case, I would have liked a bit more flavor, but not simply hot. I like the idea of capers as a garnish on individual plates. I thought the beans came out a nice "al dente," not soft. That's how they are supposed to be. Think of canned spaghetti like Chef Boy-ar-dee.
March 06, 2019
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By: Alex Mitchell
Really, good! Made this in the instant pot using the pressure cooking function after reading about the beans being under done. Sauteed onions, garlic, and spices, added everything else and cooked on high pressure for 20 minutes. Everything came out perfect!
March 04, 2019
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By: nicole.jarboe
This turned out great. We used a tablespoon of capers in the place of olives. I also used canned garbanzo beans in stead of dried. Added them for the last half hour of cooking time.
February 19, 2019
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By: Dave Lewak
Let the chickpeas soak overnight, and then after 10 hrs of slow cooking on low they were still not cooked. Would have been a great dish if the chickpeas had been cooked, will use a can next time.
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