Slow Cooker Chicken and White Bean Soup–dried navy beans are slow cooked with onion, garlic, spices, carrots, celery and chicken (or you can use turkey). You can make it creamy or dairy free (it’s up to you). For cold nights this soup is a 10 out of 10!
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Slow Cooker Chicken and White Bean Soup
Got a bag of dried navy beans and some leftover turkey? I have a recipe for you! This white bean soup is really just so tasty. I love the flavor from the rosemary, thyme and smoked paprika. And I love that the beans don’t need to be soaked. I will be making this again soon.
A few notes:
- Chicken or Turkey–for this recipe you can use cooked chicken or turkey or uncooked chicken. It’s totally up to you. I used uncooked chicken breasts. You can also use uncooked boneless, skinless chicken thighs. If I used cooked chicken/turkey I would add it in after the beans have cooked so that it doesn’t get stringy and overcooked.
- Navy Beans–I used a 1 pound bag of navy beans. I haven’t tried this recipe with other types of dried beans like Great Northern, chickpeas or even pintos. However I think it would work and the cooking time would be similar. Let me know if you do try another type of bean and how they turn out. Personally I liked the size of the navy beans.
- Dairy–I chose to add in a cup of half and half (a product with half cream and half whole milk) into my soup. It gave it a nice, creamy taste. I really loved it with the dairy but if you are trying to cut back on calories or are lactose intolerant you can just leave the half and half out.
- Smoked paprika–if you can use smoked paprika instead of regular paprika. I buy mine in the bulk section at Winco for pennies. The draw with this spice is the smoky quality. Even just a little bit adds an incredibly seductive smoky flavor and aroma to any dish.
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What Slow Cooker Did You Use?
To make Slow Cooker Chicken and White Bean Soup I used my 6 quart oval Kitchenaid slow cooker.* I love this slow cooker. It cooks low and evenly. I love the medium heat choice because most slow cookers that I’ve seen only have the option of cooking on low or high. If you’re going to buy just one slow cooker, this is the one that I recommend.Print
Dried navy beans are slow cooked with onion, garlic, spices, carrots, celery and chicken (or you can use turkey). You can make it creamy or dairy free (it’s up to you). For cold nights this soup is a 10 out of 10!
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 large carrots, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 3 ribs of celery, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 pound dry navy beans, rinsed and sorted
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1/2 tsp dry thyme
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (see note)
- 1 cup half and half (see note)
- Add all ingredients except for the half and half into the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until beans are tender.
- Use tongs to remove the chicken and place it on a cutting board to shred. Add shredded chicken back into the slow cooker.
- Warm your half and half before adding it to the pot so it doesn’t curdle. I do this by putting it in a glass measuring cup in the microwave for 1 minute. Add the warmed half and half into the slow cooker. Stir. Taste test. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Ladle into bowls and enjoy!
I used my 6 quart oval Kitchenaid slow cooker.*
You can also use 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs in the place of the breasts. Or you can use cooked chicken or turkey (about 1 pound). Just add the cooked meat in after the beans have cooked. Another idea is to add cubed ham. Ham is salty though so you’d probably want to cut the salt down to 3/4 tsp.
I chose to add in a cup of half and half (a product with half cream and half whole milk) into my soup. It gave it the creamy taste. I really loved it with the dairy but if you are trying to cut back on calories or are lactose intolerant you can just leave the half and half out.
- Serving Size: 1/8 of the recipe
- Calories: 382
- Sugar: 5 g
- Sodium: 1019 mg
- Fat: 9 g
- Saturated Fat: 3.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 41 g
- Fiber: 15 g
- Protein: 34 g
- Cholesterol: 55 mg
Keywords: slow cooker, turkey, gluten free
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