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Slow Cooker Chicken Kale Soup Recipe (Gluten Free, Whole30)

This slow cooker chicken kale soup recipe is the ultimate in healthy comfort cooking. Gluten free, Whole 30 approved, and simply delicious, you will be savoring its warmth any time of year!

Oy, what a week. If we were ever in need of comfort, I think that the doldrums of January and the hecticness of the political climate (regardless of what side you are on) and an encroaching cold (seriously, has anyone else been sneezing like crazy and only breathing out of one nostril at a time?) calls for soup filled with herbs, superfoods, and just the right amount of nutrients. And this has all of it, particularly when served with a piece of avocado toast or a cheese quesadilla (my husband’s fave).

Slow Cooker Chicken Kale Soup (Gluten Free, Whole 30)

This super comforting Slow Cooker Chicken Kale Soup will warm you up with its herbs, superfood ingredients in a hearty, satisfying meal. Gluten free and Whole 30 approved! @Suzlyfe

A few tips regarding this recipe: make sure to cut the kale up! I only cut it a bit, and that made for some super sizeable pieces. Also, make sure to taste taste taste as the soup nears completion–I found that I needed much more salt and herbs than I anticipated because of the amount of soup that I was cooking! That said, err first on the side on caution–you can always add more. 

This chicken kale soup works marvelously with either herb combination: Italian herbs or a more typical bay leaf and parsley approach. You can even take it a bit more in a “detox” direction with more garlic (I’m hoping to detox my nostrils, at the moment).

This super comforting Slow Cooker Chicken Kale Soup will warm you up with its herbs, superfood ingredients in a hearty, satisfying meal. Gluten free and Whole 30 approved! @Suzlyfe

Using the slow cooker or Crockpot for this easy Chicken Kale Soup means that all you need to do is chop a few vegetables, and then you get to walk away. 

Alex LOVED this soup, and has eaten it multiple times since then (as have I), so I have divvied up the leftovers from the first night and frozen servings to prevent him from finishing it off. COOK’S PRIVILEGE, AMIRIGHT?

This super comforting Slow Cooker Chicken Kale Soup will warm you up with its herbs, superfood ingredients in a hearty, satisfying meal. Gluten free and Whole 30 approved! @Suzlyfe

As of right now, I have one more serving of each the Chicken Marinara Stew and Chili Powder/Bean Free Turkey Chili, but I finished off the only recipe that I haven’t yet delivered to you, my (high protein!!) French Onion soup. I didn’t know that January was National Soup Month, but sometimes, you just hit the jackpot, right?

Hit the nutrient + flavor jackpot with this Slow Cooker Chicken Kale Soup! #glutenfree #whole30 Click To Tweet

I hope that you will make this Crockpot or Slow Cooker Chicken Kale Soup and make it your own! Add more of what you love!

Slow Cooker Chicken Kale Soup (Gluten Free, Whole 30)

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This slow cooker chicken kale soup recipe is loaded with veggies and flavor without the extra nonsense. Put the ingredients into your Crockpot or slow cooker and walk away! Gluten Free, Whole 30 Approved, and perfect for meal prep.

You'll Need...

  • 2 32 oz Low Sodium Chicken Stock or Vegetable Stock
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast**
  • 1 bunch Lanciato Kale (cut to desired size)
  • 4-5 whole Carrots, peeled and cut into discs
  • 1 yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 Sweet Potatoes, cubed
  • 1-2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp ground Black Pepper
  • Herbs:
  • Option 1: 1 1/2 TBSP Italian Seasoning (1 tsp each Garlic Powder, Basil, Marjoram, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Parsley)
  • Option 2: 1-2 Bay leaves, 1 tsp Sage, 2 tsp Parsley
  • Optional Extras:
  • **Substitute Chicken for White Beans or Chickpeas for a Vegan Option
  • 1-2 Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 4-5 Baby Bella (Cremini) mushrooms
  • 1/2 Jalapeno, sliced OR 1/2 TBSP Red Pepper Flakes
  • Optional to Finish:
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Parsley


  1. Select and Prepare ingredients, then combine all in slow cooker or crockpot. Cook on low for 6 hours, shred chicken (if using), then finish with fresh lemon juice and parsley, if desired.

Additional Notes

To make on the stove, keep covered and cook on medium low for at least 4 hours.

Friday Favorites

Sure, this week has been L O N G (honestly, this month has been one of the longest!), but there has been some great moments and aspects to it!

Sunday: Grocery shopping with Alex + The Chicken Kale Soup

Monday: My check in with my gastroenterologist was painless, easy, and we are going to start extending my Remicade appointments to a longer interval! I love my doctor and her nurse practitioner, and the new office that they moved to is #swanky.

Tuesday: A serious highlight of my week was going to dinner with Ellen. Not only was dinner at Nando’s PERi PERi de-freaking-licious, it was great to have dinner with a girl who is just solid gold. We were both operating on hilarious sleep schedules, various levels of stress, and various levels of lives-up-in-the-air, and being able to unload majorly helped (it helped me, at the least!).

Wednesday: Wednesday was rough. Just all around. You know this. But having a blog audience that I need that I could unload to, clients who helped me laugh and find something else to concentrate on, and a husband who saw what state I was in and brought me my mouth guard, Benedryl, and my sleep shorts and let me sleep on the couch meant that I went to bed feeling loved, even if I couldn’t breath out of my nose.

Thursday: 4 solid hours of clients + Whole Foods Salad Bar + Shred Pop (which you know I love) + A pint of Halo Chip Mocha Chip “ice cream” was the lunch of dreams. Two episodes of the new Victoria series from PBS and then dinner with Alex with my favorite veggie and dip platter meant that I was a happy girl.


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Friday: To be determined!

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This weekend, Alex and I are making plans for a movie date night, but otherwise we are open. Have a great one, everybody!

Last time you had ice cream for lunch?

Highlight from the week?

 Linking up with Foodie Friday (Farrah, Annmarie, Esther) and Food and Fitness Sunday (Ilka and Angela).

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I don’t have a cold *fingers crossed, but I did make veggie soup this week. It’s was really cold here! I need to give yours a whirl. Have a good weekend lady!
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    January 27, 2017 at 5:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you do! I bet you make a great soup.

      January 27, 2017 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I made a big batch of chicken soup in December and put lots of leftovers in the freezer, but they area all gone already! So its time to make some more. Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…5 January RunfessionsMy Profile

    January 27, 2017 at 5:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What are you going to make next? More chicken soup?

      January 27, 2017 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Sarah

    This was a long work week here. It’s great when business starts booming, but I am exhausted! I find this time of the year to always be rough, especially after we had this amazing thaw last weekend. I took a pic of the grass in our back yard and 15 minutes later it was covered in snow. What the heck?!
    Sarah recently posted…Busy Days and Weekend AdventuresMy Profile

    January 27, 2017 at 6:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am sure that it is so busy, with the business and Mary and shoveling snow in your future…

      January 27, 2017 at 9:29 am
  • Reply

    Woohoo! Glad to see that you are getting fired into the soup Suzie. 🙂

    This is a great recipe and I haven’t yet done one myself with kale (love kale) and chicken together.

    Have a great weekend, enjoy your date night! 😀 recently posted…Tuna Cashew PilauMy Profile

    January 27, 2017 at 6:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are my soup jedi, Neil!

      January 27, 2017 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Yum! I’ll do this with a big batch of veggie soup when I’m feeling cozy or just feel like we need an extra dose of veggies! Your version looks delish!
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…Fashion Friday – Key West Dinner DressMy Profile

    January 27, 2017 at 7:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ALWAYS could use extra veggies

      January 27, 2017 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I have been on a soup kick as well lately! You are right about the seasoning. I try to limit salt and then find I need to add more in before serving. Hope you have a nice relaxing weekend!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Runfessions January EditionMy Profile

    January 27, 2017 at 7:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I always under-salt! I’m learning though.

      January 27, 2017 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    I LOVE warming up with a good chicken and vegetable soup in the winter time, the fresh herbs definitely make it so much better than store bought. And Nando’s is one of my fav places, I love spicy food and have been trying to recreate their sauce at home.
    Patricia @Sweet and Strong recently posted…Workouts, Sleeping Better, Hair Products, and other Friday FavoritesMy Profile

    January 27, 2017 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Nando’s is AMAZING. I am now obsessed. I love peri peri!

      January 27, 2017 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Sarah

    I was looking at it like oh this is great and I could add chicken to half for the hubby and oldest and add white beans or something for my youngest and me and then scrolled to see you thought of that too! This looks like a delicious comforting bowl of soup!

    January 27, 2017 at 8:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      😀 GREAT MINDS!

      January 27, 2017 at 9:20 am
  • Reply jennifer

    Ooooh, looks good! I would do Chicken AND White Beans because I’m greedy like that
    jennifer recently posted…Five . . .err, Make that Fifteen for Friday!My Profile

    January 27, 2017 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Cora

    Mmmmm this is one for the “ward off all sickness” book. Yum. Dan and I are also planning on a movie date this weekend. I’m feeling pretty down at the end of this week so I think I need some major comfort in my weekend. Hope you do the same – and enjoy! <3
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    January 27, 2017 at 8:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sending major, major hugs my love

      January 27, 2017 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Saw that soup this morning on IG, before I even got out of bed, because I was stalling to get out of bed! It looks delicious and I loved that you picked a favorite for every single day this week!
    Kelli @ Hungry Hobby recently posted…Fitness & Favorites Friday (1/27)My Profile

    January 27, 2017 at 8:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just feel like this week needed it. Also, soup.

      January 27, 2017 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Yaaas. Chicken soup is my jam. We usually make it with escarole but I love the kale!
    Annmarie recently posted…Gluten Free Sweet Potato Sliders for Super BowlMy Profile

    January 27, 2017 at 8:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love the idea to do it with escarole!

      January 27, 2017 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Emily

    LOVE all the spices in this; and I love that you used kale in it. I don’t know if I’ve ever made chicken soup with kale before, but it sounds yummy.
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    January 27, 2017 at 9:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh you must! It will change everything 😀

      January 27, 2017 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Ahhh yes everyone is getting sick over here right now. BLAH. So far I’ve escaped it but I barely slept last night so I’m sure I’ll pick it up soon. We moved Callum into his bed (he kicks the crap out of us all night long when he sleeps w us) and he protested from 11pm until 2 frickin forty five am. I feel like alternating drinking coffee and puking my guts out all day. Damn kids.
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    January 27, 2017 at 10:01 am
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      January 27, 2017 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I went out for shady thai and to an escape room last night and it was so fun. I’d been feeling down and it was exactly what I needed.
    Ange // Cowgirl Runs recently posted…‘Bye January! My Recap of January GoalsMy Profile

    January 27, 2017 at 12:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hugs lady. Shady Thai? The name of a resto, or were you actually in a back alley somewhere… maybe the escape room was part of the shadiness 😀

      January 28, 2017 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Michelle

    That sounds amazing! Seems the cold bug is lingering around for so many!!! Yuck!
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    January 27, 2017 at 2:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yuck is right. I might just have to kick in the butt with some of this soup for lunch.

      January 28, 2017 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    We’ve all been fighting various ailments here and my hubs made chicken noodle soup for the win! Yum!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Runfessions: JanuaryMy Profile

    January 27, 2017 at 6:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oooo that is lovely! Such a talented hubs!

      January 28, 2017 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Wow this looks great! You’re on a roll with the slow cooker recipes lately! I was sick this week too–my husband has it now 🙁 I feel like everyone has the cold/sore throat/cough thing going on right now. It’s probably from the insane up and down weather! What movie are you guys going to see? I can’t wait until Beauty and the Beast comes out in March!!!
    Heather @ Polyglot Jot recently posted…Foodie Friday: Kale Salad with Orange VinaigretteMy Profile

    January 27, 2017 at 6:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Beauty and the Beast looks so good! Emma Watson is such a star. I wasn’t interested in it until I saw a commercial for it. I hope your whole fam is well ASAP! I think we are going to go see Hidden Figures–I’ve heard very good things.

      January 28, 2017 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Meeting up with you is ALWAYS a highlight for me. You’re a gem, my dear.
    And I’m more of an ice cream for dinner than lunch kinda girl. Mostly because if I eat ice cream for lunch, I’m eating nothing but cookies and ice cream for the rest of the day…
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    January 27, 2017 at 7:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was honestly surprised by my choice. But hey, sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do, right?

      January 28, 2017 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Hannah

    You know, I don’t think I have ever had ice cream for lunch? But when I lived in the dorms as an undergrad you could buy a pint of Bluebell with a meal plan and I occasionally had that for dinner. Good life choices.
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    January 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But hey, you were in college, so you could get away with that 😀

      January 28, 2017 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar

    Makes sense that January would be National Soup Month–I’ve been eating lots of it lately! 🙂 This looks really lovely and delish and is making me crave sweet potatoes. I haven’t had one of those in forever!
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    January 27, 2017 at 11:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We go through phases with sweet potatoes! Like, sometimes, we are alllll about them, then the next few will end up sprouting before we get to them!

      January 28, 2017 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Farrah

    Yessssssss for slow cooker recipes + soup weather! (Alright, I don’t actually like the cold weather part, but I’m okay with it for the time being just because I love to have an excuse to have soup + chili.) I’m glad that this is freezer-friendly too! My dumpling stores are dwindling so I need to do more meal prep for the crazy weeks up ahead!

    January 28, 2017 at 12:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Um yes, because those temps have come back and they are going to be staying, I’m pretty sure!

      January 28, 2017 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Colleen

    This looks delicious and I love that it uses a slow-cooker! I’m a huge believer in Crockpot Monday, which makes my week start smoothly. You should come join the linkup party this Monday with this recipe!

    January 28, 2017 at 8:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sounds great! Thanks for the invite!

      January 28, 2017 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    I don’t think I’ve ever put kale in my soup…but this look EPIC!!! YUM.

    January 28, 2017 at 10:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Girl, why ever not???

      January 28, 2017 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    I love kale in soups, when it wilts. And helllllo slow cooker, we’ve become so acquainted this winter. Can’t remember the last time I had ice cream for lunch but I had it for dinner (with cheesecake) last week. Perfect role model, aren’t i? 🙂
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    January 28, 2017 at 11:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is why we get along. We get each other.

      January 29, 2017 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Ooooh this looks so tasty! Soups and stews are my fave in winter.
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    January 28, 2017 at 5:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m obviously loving them right now!

      January 29, 2017 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    that soup sounds great! jel of that breakfast and the gal you had it with too!

    January 29, 2017 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Meeting up with friends is the way to go! I would do it throughout the week if it was an option

      January 29, 2017 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    YES PLEASE! Soup is pretty much the only thing I like about the cooler weather!
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    January 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Ilka

    I just made the same soup this weekend Susie, but I didn’t include sweet potatoes- which is such a fab idea! Next time I’ll add them to my Chicken Kale Soup!!
    Ilka recently posted…Sunday Fitness & Food – Brr!My Profile

    January 30, 2017 at 5:30 am
  • Reply Ilka

    Featuring this yummy kale soup at this week’s Sunday Fitness & Food!
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    February 12, 2017 at 6:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Ilka!

      February 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm

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