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.

Carolyn Malcoun
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 2019


Recipe Summary

20 mins
4 hrs 20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

Equipment: 6-qt. or larger slow cooker

Nutrition Facts

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.

Reviews (13)

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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Love slow cooking and this hit the mark. Changes made. I added whole garlic smashed and sliced leek as the slow cooker warmed. I used fresh kale at the end instead of cilantro. I used canned Goya Chickpeas (at the end) instead of soaked. Recipe a little over seasoned. It could be cleaner. Omitted paprika. Net. This is a very soothing recipe and mellos nicely. The adjacent ad in your magazine to serve with Basmati rice was perfect. Added in the bottom of the soup bowl. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I used a pressure cooker instead of slow cooker. I cooked chick peas first in chicken broth/tomatoes and then added veggies and chicken. I used green olives and loved the acidity. I added some balsamic vinegar at finish it off and it was fantastic. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I liked this recipe but my chickpeas never fully cooked they were still crunchy. I might recommend using canned chickpeas. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More