CrockPot Greek Chicken Soup with Garbanzos and Oregano
CrockPot Greek Chicken Soup with Garbanzos and Oregano is delicious with a little Feta sprinkled on top! This tasty soup is low-glycemic, gluten-free and South Beach Diet friendly, and it freezes well. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
This CrockPot Greek Chicken Soup with Garbanzos and Oregano is a soup I came up with back in 2006 when I wanted something comforting and didn’t want to go to the store! This slow cooker soup starts with leftover cooked chicken, canned garbanzos, and canned tomatoes which can simmer all day in the slow cooker with onions and Greek seasonings. The soup is delicious just like you see it in the photo above, but if you’re a Feta-lover like I am, try it with some crumbled Feta sprinkled on at the table. Enjoy!
(CrockPot Greek Chicken Soup with Garbanzos and Oregano was updated with better photos, September 2013.)
Oregano is an important component of this soup, and it’s used frequently in Greek cuisine, often combined with garlic and lemon. (There are two distinct types of oregano, Greek Oregano and Mexican Oregano. If you want to think of the flavor difference between the two types, think of Greek oregano as the predominant flavor in pizza sauce, while Mexican oregano is commonly used in chile powder.)
I have Greek Oregano growing in my windowsill, and I used the fresh leaves in this soup, but if you don’t have access to fresh oregano, you could most definitely make this with dried oregano. Do splurge on a bit of fresh parsley to add at the end. If you don’t have a crockpot, you can easily simmer this slowly on the stove for a few hours.
You’ll need 3-4 cups of diced, cooked chicken. Drain the can of garbanzo beans into a colander and rinse well (until no more foam appears.) Dice up a small onion. I prefer small pieces in soup, but it’s a personal preference. Add the chicken, rinsed garbanzos, chopped onion, and can of tomatoes to the slow cooker. I used my favorite Crock Pot 3.5 Quart Slow Cooker for this recipe, but any size that’s close will work. If you have fresh oregano, finely chop enough to make about 2 tablespoons chopped oregano. If you’re substituting dried oregano, I’d only use about 2-3 teaspoons. (Oregano is a strong flavor, so use less if you’re not sure how much you like it.) Add the oregano to the slow cooker, along with the chicken stock, vegetable soup base, minced garlic, and Greek seasoning. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
Just before you’re ready to eat the soup, chop up some fresh parsley and crumble the Feta to be added at the table. (Food blogger boo-boo; I forgot to take a photo of the finished soup in the slow cooker.)
More Delicious Soup with Garbanzo Beans:
Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) Soup with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Basil ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Smoked Paprika and Chickpea Soup ~ Leite’s Culinaria
Chard and Chickpea Soup with Sausage and Green Pepper ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Tunisian Chickpea Soup ~ The Well Seasoned Cook
Revithia (Greek Chickpea Soup with Lemon and Olive Oil) ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
CrockPot Greek Chicken Soup with Garbanzos and Oregano
CrockPot Greek Chicken Soup with Garbanzos and Oregano is delicious with a little Feta sprinkled on top!
- 3-4 cups diced, cooked chicken
- 1 can (15.5 oz.) garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
- 1 onion, diced small
- 1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes with juice
- 2 T finely chopped fresh oregano (or use 2-3 tsp. dried oregano)
- 1 tsp. minced garlic (or use garlic puree from a jar)
- 1 tsp. Greek Seasoning (If you don’t have Greek Seasoning, see note below.)
- 1 tsp. vegetable soup base (I like Better than Bouillon Organic Vegetable Base)
- 6-8 cups chicken stock, homemade or canned
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- crumbled Feta cheese for serving (optional, but very good)
- Cut up enough chicken to make 3-4 cups of diced cooked chicken.
- Rinse garbanzo beans very well in colander, until no more foam appears.
- Chop the onion, and finely chop the oregano.
- Put all ingredients except parsley into crockpot, cover, and cook on low 8-10 hours.
- Just before you’re ready to serve the soup, finely chop the fresh parsley and crumble the Feta.
- Add half the parsley to the soup and cook a few more minutes.
- Serve hot, with additional chopped parsley and crumbled Feta to add at the table.
Equipment: I used my favorite Crock Pot 3.5 Quart Slow Cooker, but any size that’s close will work.
(I like Better than Bouillon Organic Vegetable Base). I use homemade chicken stock.
Note: Greek Seasoning contains salt, oregano, garlic, lemon peel, black pepper, and marjoram. If you don’t have Greek Seasoning, use a combination of whichever of those you have.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
CrockPot Greek Chicken Soup with Garbanzos and Oregano is too high in carbs for most traditional low-carb eating plans, but you could make a tasty lower-carb variation of this soup with much less beans and more chicken. Everything about this soup is great for all phases of the South Beach Diet and other low-glycemic eating plans.
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