Slow Cooker Chicken + Veggie Soup with Cous Cous

Even though Spring is closing in soup is always on my menu! Slow cooker soups and stews can be one of the EASIEST meals to whip up during a busy week and also are great for meal prep. Not to mention when your kitchen appliances can do all of the work for you it’s a no brainer!

This chicken and veggie stew with cous cous is one of my favorites lately and has been making an appearance on a weekly basis. It’s nutritious, filling and packed with so much flavor I know you’ll be adding it to your menu as well.

This soup is also easily customizable to your dietary needs, see below for a few substitution ideas.


Slow Cooker Chicken + Veggie Soup with Cous Cous

Author: The Happy Hungry Yogi

Gluten-free/Dairy-free/Nut-free/Soy-free

Yields: about 6 bowls

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: low 6-8 hours or high 4-6 hours

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts*
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 large leek, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 c fresh or friezes peas
  • 3 c low sodium vegetable broth**
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Sea salt + pepper to taste
  • 3 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 3 c gluten-free Israel cous cous, cooked***

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place the chicken breast on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Cover the top with the vegetables, broth, and spices.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high 4-6 hours.
  4. When the chicken is cooked through remove the breast from the pot and shred with two forks.
  5. Add the chicken back into the slow cooker along with the spinach, cooked cous cous, and stir.
  6. Set the slow cooker to keep warm until ready to serve.

Storing: This soup will last in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

*Protein substitute: To make this vegan you can omit the chicken and sub in chickpeas or cannelloni beans for protein. Just wait to add them until the last half hour of cooking.

**Liquid substitute: You can also chicken or bone broth in place of the vegetable broth.

***Cous cous subtitute: If gluten is not an inside you can sub for regular Israel or pearl cous cous.


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