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Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup with Kale (Paleo, Gluten Free)

A homemade, slow cooker chicken soup using a whole chicken, kale and vegetables for a paleo friendly soup.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 bunch kale
  • salt
  • pepper
  • thyme
  • parsley
  • pastina optional


  • This is a crockpot recipe, but doesn't have to be. You can use a cast iron dutch oven or large pot and cook stove top on low.
  • Clean and rinse whole chicken.
  • Chop onion in four pieces.
  • Cut 1/2 onion and celery into large pieces.(these will be removed later).
  • Add vegetables and chicken in crock pot with cold water.
  • Set to low.
  • As you see scum come to top, remove, but if you aren't around, don't worry about it. Remove it later.
  • An option would be to do this in first hour, and let allow on low until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove chicken when it's cooked through. Cool chicken. Remove chicken from bones and put bones back into the broth to further the health benefits. This is optional.
  • Dice onions, celery, carrots to bite sized pieced.
  • Saute in butter until soft (about 10 minutes)
  • Clean, chop kale (remove ribs).
  • Add kale to soup at least 20 minutes before serving to melt it down.
  • Add chicken, vegetables.
  • As an option, add cooked noodles or pastina. Or serve them on the side.