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The only things better than healthy dinner ideas are easy healthy dinner ideas. This set-it-and-forget-it slow-cooker soup recipe is just that. It simmers away all day so you come home to a warm and healthy dinner the whole family will love. Using bone-in chicken thighs is the key to making rich soup without adding broth. Plus, if you're also in need of healthy meals on a budget, thighs are less expensive than breasts, and dried chickpeas are a relatively inexpensive and versatile pantry item that's always good to stock up on.

EatingWell Magazine, March 2019; updated October 2021


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
4 hrs 20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Gather all the ingredients.

  • Drain 1 1/2 cups chickpeas and place in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Add 4 cups water, onion, tomatoes and their juice, 2 tablespoons tomato paste, garlic, bay leaf, 4 teaspoons cumin, 4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper; stir to combine. Add 2 pounds 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, 1/4 cup olives and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the slow cooker and stir to combine.

  • Shred the chicken, discarding bones. Stir the chicken into the soup.

  • Serve topped with 1/4 cup 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 Facts

about 2 cups
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.

4 1/2 lean protein, 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat