This load-and-go slow-cooker chicken recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Serve this Tuscan-inspired dish with crusty bread, a glass of Chianti and a salad.

Adam Dolge
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2019




Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine beans, broth, onion, carrots, rosemary and Parmesan rind in a 6-quart slow cooker. Top with chicken. Cover and cook on Low until the beans and vegetables are tender, 7 to 8 hours.

  • Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board; let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Shred the chicken, discarding bones.

  • Return the chicken to the slow cooker and stir in kale. Cover and cook on High until the kale is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Stir in lemon juice, salt and pepper; discard the Parmesan rind. Serve the stew drizzled with oil and sprinkled with Parmesan and parsley.


Tip: To save time, you can substitute 4 (15 ounce) cans no-salt-added cannellini beans (rinsed) for the soaked dried beans.

Equipment: 6-qt. slow cooker

Nutrition Facts

493 calories; protein 44.2g; carbohydrates 53.8g; dietary fiber 27.4g; sugars 4.5g; fat 10.9g; saturated fat 3g; cholesterol 67.8mg; vitamin a iu 4792.5IU; vitamin c 20.3mg; folate 31.8mcg; calcium 198.7mg; iron 7.1mg; magnesium 148.9mg; potassium 1556.6mg; sodium 518.4mg.

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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
Left out parmesean cheese & rind but overall a very good recipe to have on hand to feed four hungry people plus I added yellow rice & green beans on the side for a very filling meal on a cold day to relax and watch the snow fall!!!?????? Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Easy to make but bland. I like natural flavors and don t like to over spice my food but this needed help. It needed more rosemary more salt and lacked a bit more of a punch. I had a feeling it would need more than what it called for so I added two cloves of chopped garlic - which didn t do much. I also used a hand blender to purée some of the stew as we like when it has that texture. We ended up drizzling some truffle oil on it - which we liked. Look it s ok and it s easy but it s not wow! I have to make that again. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
This was horribly bland. I had to add a lot of salt and ultimately season it with these and oregano. The rosemary cabt carry this dish by itself. I won't make again. it was not comforting or savory. at all. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe is simple and delicious. To amp up the flavor of the soup just a bit, I added a bay leaf, some fresh thyme, 1 tsp. kosher salt, a few peppercorns, three large cloves of (minced) garlic, two (sliced) stalks of celery, and a 15 oz. can of (drained) diced tomatoes. The recipe yielded approximately four yummy quarts. Thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This turned out to be the best soup I’ve ever made! So delicious! I did not use a slow cooker or dry beans. 2 cans of beans in stead. I cooked the breasts in the broth with some onion and carrots, then discarded veggies. Added fresh veggies and cooked until tender while I shredded chicken. Added beans and chicken. I added a little water too because my broth was a bit rich. I forgot the lemon juice and didn’t have a parm rind so added a spoonful of parm when served. It was just so delicious! I will try slow cooker next time, it’s just not my go to kitchen tool. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I haven't made this dish but it sounds like it would be delicious! Question - Are the chicken breasts skin-on? The recipe didn't specify and this is a healthy eating site so........? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this the other night and have been enjoying the leftovers. Used boneless skinless chicken but otherwise followed the recipe. Husband and I both agreed this would be added to the winter meal rotation as it s super easy for either of us to make. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I didn't make any changes followed the receipt to a "T". It was excellent. I will make it again. Best part it was very easy to make. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
What do they mean by soaked beans? Are you supposed to soak them overnight or just rinse them? Seems overkill to soak them overnight and then slow cook for 7 hours. Also would be more than 15 minutes prep. Read More