How about a steaming hot bowl of Slow Cooker Chicken Lentil Soup on a chilly day? This soup is easy, healthy, and has less than 350 calories per serving!
I love my crockpot. Liiiiike I love it so much that I think I need to buy a few more, because all I ever want to do is have every meal made in my crockpot. Breakfast (helloo, crockpot pumpkin oatmeal), Lunch (hey there, BBQ chicken salad), and Dinner –> welcome, slow cooker chicken lentil soup.
I mean. There’s just nothing better than a crockpot. Typically, all you need to do is throw everything together, place it into the slow cooker, and walk away. By the time you’re home for dinner, dinner is ready to go!
Sorry, I’m obsessed.
This recipe in particular is one of my new favorites. Not only does it taste so, so delicious, it’s also ridiculously healthy! Lean chicken breasts and protein/fiber filled lentils make up the bulk of this soup, but it’s also full of onions, garlic, tomatoes, and loads of flavorful spices!
This Slow Cooker Chicken Lentil Soup is my dream meal. It’s easy, it’s healthy, it’s cozy, and it’s packed with flavor.
Ok. It’s Wednesday. Let’s be honest, how is everyone doing on their New Year’s Resolutions? It’s day three (Friday and the weekend totally didn’t count 😉 ), and I’m still doing well! I’ve started my Barre classes again <– another obsession of mine… and Trevor and I are back to working like crazy and eating healthy foods.
On Monday (check out that vegan granola, it’s so addicting), I mentioned that meal prep is how I like to stay on track with healthy eating.
This Slow Cooker Chicken Lentil Soup is p.e.r.f.e.c.t. for that. Make a batch of this on Sunday and have your lunches or dinners ready for the rest of the week. I’d say this recipe makes enough for 8 large servings and guess what?
It’s less than 350 calories per serving with a whopping 32.8 grams of protein!
This soup is full of protein, fiber, and is seriously filling thanks to the chicken and lentils.
This slow cooker chicken lentil soup is also seriously t.a.s.t.y.
I just love the unique texture of lentils combined with tender, shredded chicken, juicy tomatoes, and soft onions. Plus, let’s talk about what makes this soup completely flavorful: the spices.
Today, we’re using garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne – if you wish – and of course, salt <– this combo, you guys, is killer.
It’s a little bit smoky, a little bit spicy – again, if you wish – and full of onion-y, garlicky, cumin-y yumminess. All in all. It just tastes good, ok?
Plus my very favorite thing to do is top this slow cooker chicken lentil soup with fresh green onions, cilantro, and non fat plain greek yogurt once it’s done cooking. The green onions, cilantro, and greek yogurt really brighten up and cool down this soup. 🙂
It’s kind of crazy how flavorful a dish can be that literally takes you 5 minutes to prep.
If you’re looking for something healthy, something filling, something that makes a t.o.n., and something that is packed with flavor, this slow cooker chicken lentil soup is for YOU!
What’s your favorite way to use your crockpot? Show me the yummy!
- 1 pound dried lentils
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts*
- 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt
- Cayenne if desired*
- 7 1/2 cups chicken broth
- Green onions for topping
- Cilantro for topping
- non fat plain greek yogurt for topping
- Grease crockpot with cooking spray.
- Place all ingredients into crockpot (except green onions, cilantro, and greek yogurt) and stir to combine.
- Cook on HIGH for FOUR hours or LOW for EIGHT hours.
- After the soup is done cooking, remove chicken breasts and shred them using two forks.
- Place chicken back into soup and stir to combine.
- Serve with sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, and greek yogurt!
*I think it really helps this dish. We like spicy, so we used 1 teaspoon of cayenne.
** Nutrition information does not include toppings (green onion, cilantro, greek yogurt)
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