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Slow Cooker Chicken, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup

January 11, 2016 (Updated on September 22, 2021)

two white bowls of slow cooker chicken kale and sweet potato soup with spoons on white table

Slow Cooker Chicken, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup is packed with protein and veggies and is so easy to make with a short list of simple ingredients. Your new paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, whole30, healthy go-to crockpot recipe! 

I made this tonight for dinner, and it was DELICIOUS! I can’t believe we’re eating stew in June, but it was a perfect rainy day for it!! Saving to Pinterest, because I will definitely make again!! Thanks! ~Trish

two white bowls of slow cooker chicken kale and sweet potato soup with spoons on white table

Have you ever done a juice cleanse?

You know, drinking only fresh pressed juice for a day or more to reset, de-puff, and generally reset? 

I have to say, I love the idea of a juice cleanse but I think I like actual food too much to do one.

I do, however, like the idea of a diet “reset,” to get back on track when things get out of balance in the eating department.

Soups and stews are my go-to when it comes to a diet reset because they are packed with protein, fiber, and plenty of nutrients.

This Slow Cooker Chicken, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup is one of my all-time favorites because it’s hearty and filling but also super simple and clean.

Plus, this stew only requires six ingredients!

The prep time is fast, too, with just a bit of washing and chopping to get things going.

This delicious and nourishing soup basically sums up my cooking philosophy: make it simple, make it streamlined, make it real.

Whether you’re in need of a little diet reset, or you just want a warm, nourishing bowl of stew, this one is for you.

Now, let’s make some Slow Cooker Chicken Kale, and Sweet Potato Stew!

Recipe Adaptations

1 | Either boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs will work in this recipe so feel free to use what you like and have on hand.

2 | If you have child or family member who doesn’t like kale you can always pick it out before serving.

3 | Alternatively, you can serve the soup “deconstructed” by picking out some chicken, sweet potatoes and kale (or substitute raw, chopped veggies) separately on a plate along with a little bowl of broth on the side.

4 | Add some crusty bread and freshly grated parmesan if you like.

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Slow Cooker Chicken, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup

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Slow Cooker Chicken, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup is packed with protein and veggies and is so easy to make with a short list of simple ingredients. Your new paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, whole30, healthy go-to crockpot recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 large or 4 small sweet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 bunch Lacinato kale stems removed and thinly sliced (2 packed cups)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 32-oz boxes low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2-3 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Extra virgin olive oil to serve

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients in a 6-qt slow cooker, stirring to combine. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6, or until the sweet potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked through and very tender.
  • Remove the chicken and shred with two forks. Return to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Taste and add additional salt to taste. Serve hot with a generous drizzle of olive oil.

Notes

This recipe makes 4-6 servings
Either boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs will work in this recipe so feel free to use what you like and have on hand.
If you have a child or family member who doesn’t like kale you can always pick it out before serving.
Alternatively, you can serve the soup “deconstructed” by picking out some chicken, sweet potatoes and kale (or substitute raw chopped veggies) separately on a plate along with a little bowl of broth on the side.
Add some crusty bread and freshly grated parmesan if you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 922mg | Potassium: 763mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 15217IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 2mg

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83 comments to " Slow Cooker Chicken, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup "

  • Leslie

    Just made this tonight for newly Paleo husband – I wasn’t excited at all and it. Was. Awesome. And so easy, it will be a winter staple! Thank you so much!!

    • Robyn Downs

      Yay, so glad you and your husband enjoyed the stew Leslie! Good luck to you both with the new way of eating. πŸ™‚

    • Emilie

      5 stars
      Made this bad boy two nights ago. I love it and it made a LOT of leftovers. I added in extra garlic, pepper, and red pepper flakes about thirty minutes before serving. Also a loaf of french bread (the $1.00 loaf from Walmart) makes a BIG difference for dipping!
      ADD PARMESAN CHEESE! It’s a game changer. LOVE IT!!! I used frozen chicken tenderloins from aldi’s and cooked it for about 7 hours and thirty minutes. 10/10 would make again

  • Christine

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! I added some 3 cloves of garlic, half an onion, bay leaves, dried oregano, and a sprig of rosemary since I didn’t have Italian seasoning. Yum! Thanks for your beautiful blog. I keep finding wonderful recipes and inspiration here. (I found you through barre3!)

    • Robyn Downs

      Mmmm, Christine, your version sounds amazing! Happy we connected and that you’re enjoying the recipes and finding inspiration. xxoo

  • diana

    hello,
    This looks so good. Instead of Kale, can I use Spinach?

    Thank you!

    • Robyn Downs

      Diana,

      Yes, I think you can swap spinach for kale, but add the spinach at the very end of the cooking time. So, cook the sweet potatoes and chicken per the recipe, then add the spinach during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Let us know how it works!

  • Lacey

    How do you think this would freeze? My friends and I have a clean eating meal swap and I was thinking of making this!

    • Robyn Downs

      Lacey, this freezes really well. The sweet potatoes are a tad mushier after freezing and defrosting, but the flavor is still really good. I often make a batch and then freeze in individual servings for lunches. Love the idea of a clean eating meal swap! πŸ™‚

  • Eleonor

    Hi Robyn,

    Just made this today and it is DELICIOUS. yum. I am really loving your blog and recipes. I’ve been trying one out every week! Thanks for posting!

    Eleonor

    • Robyn Downs

      Eleonor, so glad this was a hit! Love that you’re trying a new recipe each week and enjoying them! πŸ™‚

  • Elle

    I’m doing a whole30 and even though it’s summertime, I can’t get enough soup! This mix put together some of my favorite foods! The chicken turned out to be so tender and the veggies softened perfectly. I ended up added 12 cups of stock and used pink sea salt.. turned out perfect after 8 hours on low! Yum!

    • Robyn Downs

      Elle, love your name (I have an Elle, too)! So glad this worked for you on your Whole30. Pink sea salt sounds like a lovely addition. Cheers! πŸ™‚

  • susan

    Why in this recipe do you show a picture of the chicken being in one piece and separated from the kale and sweet potatoes but the directions say to stir them all together? very confusing!!!

    • Robyn Downs

      Susan, either way works. They all cook together in the slow cooker so feel free to keep them separate you that works better for you.

    • Falon

      Do you know if this would work in an instant pot and how long you would come it for in there?

      • Robyn Downs

        I haven’t tried this one in the IP, but I’m guessing it would work. You could start with 10 minutes on high pressure with a natural release? If you try it let us know how it turns out!

  • Krista

    I forgot to thaw my chicken out ahead of time. Do you think this would still work with frozen chicken breasts?

    • Robyn Downs

      Krista, I know that putting frozen chicken in a slow cooker can be a food safety risk because it doesn’t get hot fast enough to kill potential bacteria. If you’re willing to take the risk you can just add an extra hour to the cook time, or you could simmer the frozen breasts in chicken stock for a few minutes to thaw and then proceed with the recipe. I hope you enjoy!

  • Jill

    Looks like there is garlic in the photo but not in the recipe? Or am i seeing things on the right side of the pic, next to the salt and italian seasoning?!

    • Robyn Downs

      Jill, good eye! I originally tested this recipe with garlic (when I took the prep photo) and then decided it wasn’t necessary in future rounds of testing. If you’re a garlic fan, though, feel free to add two cloves of minced garlic along with the other ingredients. I hope you enjoy!

  • Tina

    I really love this soup! To make it a little more hearty, we sometimes add a cup of quinoa with 40 minutes left to cook and it tastes great and adds some more protein. πŸ™‚ What’s the nutritional value for 8-12 Oz of this soup or per serving?

    • Robyn Downs

      Tina, I’m so glad you’re enjoying this recipe and making it your own by adding the quinoa. I don’t have nutritional information for recipes. Some readers like to enter the ingredients and serving size into an online nutritional calculator, for that time of info. πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca hulfachor

    could I use spinach instead of kale?

    • Robyn Downs

      Rebecca, spinach will work, but be sure to add it at the end of the cook time, not at the beginning. Hope you enjoy!

  • Abby

    Could I substitute Yukon gold for the sweet potatoes? That’s what’s I have on hand πŸ™‚ thanks in advance !

  • Mica

    I tried this for the first time a couple months ago, it’s so good!! I shared the leftovers with a coworker on the Whole30 and she loved it. I’m making it for dinner tonight , can’t wait.

  • Randy

    Would this work with ground chicken? Thank you:) Randy

    • Robyn Downs

      Randy, I’m not sure ground chicken would hold up well to to long cooking time particularly well. You could make the recipe without any meat, then cook the ground chicken separately and add it at the end. Hope you enjoy!

  • Nicole M.

    How many calories are in this?

    • Robyn Downs

      Hi Nicole, I don’t have nutrition information for this recipe. Some readers find it helpful to calculate this info using online nutrition calculators.

  • Sangam

    Could I put onions in this?

  • Leigh

    What about adding gnocchi to this?

    • Robyn Downs

      Leigh, I think you could add gnocchi at the end of the cooking time and allowing to cook, covered, according to the package instructions. If you give it a try let us know how it goes!

  • Julia Fountain

    If I’m running short on time and cooked it on the stove top how long can it cook for?

    • Robyn Downs

      Julia, just as long as it takes for the chicken and potatoes to be cooked through. I’m guessing about 30 minutes at a low simmer after first bringing to a boil.

  • Lauren

    Per serving, do you know ow the nutritional info for thins recipe??

    • Robyn Downs

      Lauren, I don’t. If you’re interested in nutritional info you might try dropping the ingredients and serving size into a nutrition calculator.

  • Dana Barton

    I made this as a freezer to crockpot meal and it was delicious! I put all the ingredients in a 1-gallon freezer bag (except I only used one quart of stock) and then lay flat in my freezer to freeze. I took it out of the freezer overnight to thaw, then put it in the crockpot (mostly thawed) around 9 am on low. Served it 8 hours later at 5. So good, and so easy!

    • Robyn Downs

      Dana, fantastic! Thanks for sharing your method, I know it will be helpful to other readers. πŸ™‚

  • dominique

    I wonder how this recipe would taste using collard green instead of kale! I have been putting collards or spinach in my chicken soup for years and love both! This recipe with the sweet potatoes sounds fabulous and I will try it soon!!

  • Alina

    Could I add more veggies to this? Like asparagus for instance or do you think it would throw off the flavor?

    • Robyn Downs

      Alina, you could probably add some asparagus at the end of the cook time (they would only need about 20 minutes to cook). I haven’t tested it with any other veggies, though, so couldn’t be sure.

  • Joe

    I’m going to do this as prescribed, BUT I’m going to leave the bones in for the broth and flavor. Also, because I have a cold and the bone broth will do me well.

    Thank you for this healthy recipe idea!

  • tephanie Whiting

    Thank you for these recipes! Can all of the soups be made ahead and frozen in a Mason Jar?

  • Trish

    I made this tonight for dinner, and it was DELICIOUS! I can’t believe we’re eating stew in June, but it was a perfect rainy day for it!! Saving to Pinterest, because I will definitely make again!! Thanks!

  • Leigh

    Do you think adding in a bit of swede and carrot would be ok too?

  • Nicole Hiett

    How long do you think this could last in the fridge? I am thinking this would be a great meal prep!

  • Kelsy Bass

    I just threw mine in the crockpot . Added garlic onion and chili powder for a little heat . Off to sleep hope it turns out great !!

  • N S

    Did you add garlic? It looks like garlic is added in the photos but I don’t see it in the recipe.

    • Robyn Downs

      You certainly may add garlic, but it’s not necessary. In one round of testing I tried it with garlic (that’s why it’s in the photo), but decided it didn’t add enough to the flavor to make it worth the extra step. Hope you enjoy!

  • Ashley

    This is one of my favorite soups! So easy and good way to get kale in that I wouldn’t normally eat πŸ™‚ Especially good with some hot sauce!

  • Lisa Wack

    Hi there. I was wondering how many does this serve? Thank you! πŸ™‚

    • Robyn Downs

      Hi Lisa, this one makes 4-6 servings!

    • T

      Hi Lisa,

      I felt like this made WAY more servings than 6. My husband and I ate this for lunch and dinner every day for a week. Felt like it had more like 10-12 servings. Then again, it was quite filling so maybe we had smaller portions than intended.

  • Jessica Vieths

    Could you use frozen kale? When would you put it in the soup?

    • Robyn Downs

      Hi Jessica, yes, frozen kale should work! Since it’s already steamed prior to freezing, I’d add the defrosted kale, squeezed out of all the water, to the recipe at the end. Put the lid on an allow to heat all the way through, then enjoy!

  • Tasha

    I only have a 2.5 qt slow cooker. Do you think if I just cut all ingredients by at least half it should work?

    • Robyn Downs

      Hi Tasha, I haven’t tried it, but I think this one will work. You might need to adjust the time slightly.
      If you try it let us know how it goes!

  • Jensen

    Hi Roby,

    How many servings does this recipe make?

  • Caroline Collins

    Can I use chicken broth instead of stock?

  • Caroline

    Love this recipe! Such a refreshing soup and such an easy way to add more greens into your diet.

    Do you think this could be cooked on low for 7 hours? It sounds weird but I do a lot of my slow cooking overnight and 7 hours would better fit into my schedule.

    • Robyn Downs

      Caroline, yay, so glad you’re enjoying this one. I think 7 hours on low will work. The kale and sweet potatoes might break down more, but it should still taste good. If you give it a try let us know how it goes!

  • Debbie

    This sounds so good! If I half this recipe does that change the cook time?

    • Robyn Downs

      Hi Debbie, the cook time should stay relatively the same! It might take a bit less time depending on the heat level of your specific slow cooker. Hope you enjoy!

  • James

    5 stars
    I made this recipe today and it came out great!! I’m trying to get into sweet potatoes more and this definitely helps. Thanks for making my Sunday delish!

  • Caris

    5 stars
    Absolutely loved the recipe! I am SEVERELY allergic to wheat and dairy and this soup was perfect! It’s quick and easy to make. I am so thankful to have found your blog. I’m always looking for recipes to add in the kitchen and I will make sure to try the rest of them out! πŸ™‚

    • Robyn Downs

      Caris, yay, so glad you enjoyed this one! And so happy to know that all our gluten-free and dairy-free recipes are making things a little easier for you. Thanks so much for the review!

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