Monday, September 30, 2013

CrockPot Greek Chicken Soup with Garbanzos and Oregano

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.

(Updated with better photos and step-by-step instructions, September 2013.  This 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!

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 FAIL; I forgot to take a photo of the finished soup in the slow cooker.)

And just to amuse you, here's the original photo of this soup from back in 2006!


Greek Chicken Soup with Garbanzos and Oregano
(Makes about 8 servings; recipe created by Kalyn when she didn't want to go to the store.)

Ingredients:
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)

Equipment:I used my favorite Crock Pot 3.5 Quart Slow Cooker, but any size that's close will work.

Instructions:
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.

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.


South Beach Suggestions:
Everything about this low-glycemic soup is great for all phases of the South Beach Diet, but remember that dried beans are limited for Phase One.    

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Delicious Soups with Garbanzo Beans:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
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
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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This recipe was originally posted for Weekend Herb Blogging #58, hosted by Meeta of What's For Lunch Honey.  
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28 comments:

  1. mmm..that looks like some great soup. Chick peas and chicken are a great combo :)

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  2. I hope you're feeling better. My husband came home last night and announced he has a cold, which means I'll be coming down with it, no doubt. The soup looks like just the thing, whether a person is sick or not.

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  3. Nothing like chicken soup for when you're feeling under the weather! In our house we call it Jewish penicillin.

    ;-)

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  4. Yeah, doesn't say diet to me. Nothing beats chicken soup. I think I need some in my fridge! and a sweet potato biscuit to go with it! just one.

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  5. mmm that soup looks like it would just hit the spot perfectly :)

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  6. I do hope your wonderful soup puts you on the road to recovery and that you feel better soon!
    I love it when recipes such as this come together with what you happen to have on hand. And Tanna's idea of a sweet potato biscuit to go with the soup is sorely tempting!

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  7. This sounds great - I love crockpot meals!
    hope you feel better soon.

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  8. This sounds very nice Kalyn! I will give it a try very soon!

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  9. Hi everyone,
    You can tell I'm feeling sickly. I didn't even respond to any comments all day today. Parent teacher conferences late tonight at school, and I'm pooped. Thanks for all the good wishes.

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  10. Kalyn,
    thanks for your recipe, it add a variety to my cooking :D
    Like cardamom, as far as I know there're two main streams (Indian and European), but I just can't taste the difference.

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  11. Looks great Kalyn and yes I think Monday is the best to post the roundup as you lot in the US are behind us LOL!

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  12. The soup looks wonderful and I hope you're all better by the time you read this.

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  13. I am late reading but I do hope your feeling better.

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  14. Your soup looks really good, sick or not. I trust you're feeling much better by now.

    xxoo
    Paz

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  15. Kalyn,

    I found your soup while perusing the net for recipes. Pretty sure I'm going to prepare your soup and serve it to the faculty/staff/graduate students that I work with, so I will be preparing soup for about 35 people.
    Looking forward to trying it out, looks very tasty.

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  16. Kalyn, I was looking for a quick recipe last night to use up a can of tomatoes (that I'd opened by mistake last night) and some chicken. I found this recipe and tried it on top of the stove - we loved it!

    This was my first time cooking with garbanzos, but it won't be my last. This soup is so easy, yet so flavorful! I'll try it in the crockpot next time, but either way, it's nice to have a new "go-to" chicken soup recipe to add to my standards! Thx!

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  17. Says Phoebe, thanks. good to know that it turned out okay on top of the stove too.

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  18. Kalynn,

    I don't know if you will even see this because this post is so old, but I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! I just made this soup last night and it was so delicious. We added a little feta cheese when I served it and it was so good. I am doing the SBD for the second time and your blog has really saved me. The reason I didn't stick to it the first time was because of the lack of variety. Your recipes are so creative and delicious, it doesn't feel like a diet at all! Thanks so much!

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  19. Becky, I read ALL the comments, every day! So glad you liked the soup, and I love your idea of adding feta cheese! Good luck on SB. I've done phase one many, many times to get back on track.

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  20. Just making this now. since I didn't have the spice blend you spoke of, I decided to add the Moroccan spice mix from the Moroccan chick peas - also added zucchini, red and orange peppers and a couple of tbsp of tomato paste. Its really good!

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  21. I think that variation sounds great! (Love it when people use my recipes and adapt to what they have on hand.)

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  22. Kalyn, every time I see a recipe using the crockpot I regret having given mine away during our move...

    now that we are renovating our kitchen, a crockpot would have been perfect... but one day I'll get another one

    Great looking soup!

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  23. Wish I could send you over one of my extra ones! Yes, you MUST get another one!

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  24. This one looks totally delicious, Kalyn! I'm adding it to the menu for our soup and bread theme for this month's support group meeting! :-)

    Thanks!
    Shirley

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  25. Thanks Shirley, so glad you like it! And thanks for that advice a while back about the gluten-free soup base! I'm pretty committed to that brand.

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  26. Made this last night. One word. Fabulous! A light and flavorful soup. I didn't make it via crockpot because I started too late. So stove top it was. I used basil flavored feta cheese and oh my! that is definitely kicking it up a notch. This recipe will be in my 'go to' file. Thanks!

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  27. Kalyn, just wanted to say thank you for linking to us. We love your site and your mission.

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