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Slow Cooker Chicken and White Bean Soup with Quinoa

by Aggies Kitchen on June 17, 2013

This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans.

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I think I’ve said this before, I find myself using my slow cooker more often in the summer than any other time of year. With the kids home, we are keeping busy most days finding something to entertain ourselves – usually a trip to the Y to swim in the big pool, the beach, the library, the movies, friends houses…you know, all the typical summertime activities. Coming home to the crock pot already cooking up dinner is such a welcome sight, and I never regret pulling it out and throwing something together in it.

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Last week after our week away I hadn’t gone to the grocery store yet on Monday morning. After a laundry marathon all morning, I really didn’t feel like packing up the kids and going food shopping that’s for sure. I decided that dinner that night was going to have to come from what I already had in the pantry, fridge and freezer and this is pretty much what I came up with. I try to always keep chicken in the freezer and with the help of my stash of Bush’s Beans in the pantry and a few veggies in the fridge, I was inspired to make a version of a taco soup or chicken chili. I guess you can say this chicken and white bean soup falls somewhere in between.

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My non-soup eating kids loved this soup. They surprise me every single day with what they will try and enjoy. This slow cook soup is chock full of good stuff and made great leftovers for quick lunches for a few days, something I enjoy having that’s for sure. It was truly delicious – especially fixed up with Greek yogurt and shredded cheddar – and I will definitely be making this recipe in the crock pot again this summer.

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I think I am going to have to make a point to collect a few go-to recipes to have on stand by to get me through planning summer time dinners, if you’ve got a family favorite to share, please do in the comments!

Slow Cooker Chicken and White Bean Soup with Quinoa

I love using the slow cooker during the summer when we are keeping busy with activities. This healthy chicken and white bean soup hit the spot during an evening of typical summer thunderstorms. Recipe created for Bush's Beans

Ingredients

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced small (use whatever color you have)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 lb chicken breast
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cans of Bush's Cannelini or Northern White Beans, drained
  • For serving:
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • cooked quinoa

Instructions

  1. In your your slow cooker, add celery, onion, garlic, bell pepper, chili powder, jalapeno flakes (if using), cumin and chicken broth. Season your chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides and layer them on top of rest of ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  2. After 6 hours, lift lid and using 2 forks, shred your chicken breasts into pieces and spread throughout soup. Add 2 cans of beans to soup and stir. Cover and let cook for another 30 minutes or so. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust accordingly.
  3. To serve, add a scoop of cooked quinoa to your soup bowl and cover with your chicken and white bean soup. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and shredded cheddar cheese.
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Tieghan June 17, 2013 at 8:48 am

This sounds so good! I love using the crockpot in the summer!

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Aggies Kitchen June 18, 2013 at 9:04 am

Thank you!!

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carrian June 17, 2013 at 8:51 am

I realized this winter that I actually don’t have many tried and true soup recipes. I make the same 3 over and over. Totally need your recipe

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Aggies Kitchen June 18, 2013 at 9:04 am

I make a lot of the same – but with different ingredients. I usually stick to a heavy veg and bean base, sometimes with meat. It always depends on what I have hanging around in fridge I guess! :)

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 17, 2013 at 10:10 am

I love that you’re still using your slow cooker! Best way to cook warm meals without heating up the kitchen! :)

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Aggies Kitchen June 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

it’s a mom’s best friend right? I have no desire to use my oven right now, it’s grill or slow cooker! :)

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Cookin Canuck June 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

You’re right…slow cookers are so handy in the summertime. This soup is exactly the sort of thing I’d love to come home to after an afternoon at the pool with the kids.

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Aggies Kitchen June 18, 2013 at 9:02 am

Soup is awesome, you can fill up on so much good stuff with such little effort (cooking and eating-wise) :)

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Erica June 18, 2013 at 6:35 am

Comforting! I love soup any time of year. And the slow cooker makes my days SO much easier. I usually use it once a week!

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Aggies Kitchen June 18, 2013 at 9:02 am

I’ve been on a weekly slow cooker kick too. It is truly a life saver!

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Jen @ Savory Simple June 18, 2013 at 7:27 am

What a hearty, healthy soup. Love it!

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Aggies Kitchen June 18, 2013 at 9:01 am

Thanks Jen!

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Marjory @ Dinner-Mom June 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

Great recipe. I love soup any time of year…and the usually freeze very nicely, before and after you cook them!

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Aggies Kitchen June 18, 2013 at 9:01 am

I’m a fan of soup all year too. It’s such a perfect light lunch or dinner!

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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

What a gorgeous, hearty and comforting looking soup. It looks delicious, Aggie!

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Paula - bell'alimento June 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

I love everything about this one Aggie!

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Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen June 18, 2013 at 10:36 am

I love soups that are chock full of goodies like this one! Getting out my slow cooker stat!

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Angie June 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

This looks so good!

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles June 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I haven’t made soup in so long…now I’m craving it! Looks awesome, Aggie!

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Bree (Skinny Mommy) June 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

This looks tasty–and easy in the slow cooker!

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Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective June 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Great-looking soup!

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen June 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I’m with you on using the slow cooker the most in the summer. This soup looks perfect, I know the whole family would enjoy it!

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Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet June 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I’m coming over. :) Slow cookers are the best.

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Shaina June 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Love these quick and easy meals!

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Tara @ Unsophisticook June 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Love quinoa but never tried it in a soup. This looks great!

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Nutmeg Nanny July 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I love slow cooker meals :) this soup looks savory and satisfying, I love it!

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Lisa November 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I love to use canned beans in soups – they always give it some heft – even when just making a vegetable soup. I will also puree the beans and add them to a broth based soup to thicken. These look great! Thanks!

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Aggies Kitchen December 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I totally agree about beans adding heft! I love the idea of pureeing the beans, it makes the soup so much more creamy without the cream! Thanks so much for the comment – enjoy the holiday season!

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