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Slow-Cooker Fall Soup with Chicken, Sweet Potato & Beans

I love a “set it and forget it” recipe as much as the next person, and this fragrant and hearty slow-cooker soup is just the thing for a weeknight dinner – especially in the fall!

If you typically prepare Western dishes but have bought some fresh ginger for an Asian dish or even some pepper paste from one of my Mediterranean recipes, you’ll have another use for your ingredients (before they go bad) with this recipe. 

Pepper paste (aka salça in Turkish) goes nicely in this soup base but can also be substituted with tomato paste and crushed red pepper.

As it comes to broth, pick your favorite brand or use homemade. I like to make my own broth in the Instant Pot using bones from a whole chicken, vegetables and array of spices, but I don’t always have it on hand and think it turns out well enough with store-bought broth as well.

This soup is full of fiber and will light a little fire in your belly. 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lbs chicken tenders (or use thighs/breasts)
  • 2-3 small/medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup cooked or canned butter beans (aka lima beans)
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 small/medium onion
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped/grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp pepper paste (or 1 tbsp tomato paste and 1 tsp crushed red pepper)
  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • ~2 tsp salt (to taste)
  • ~1 tsp black pepper
  • ~½ tsp cumin
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 4 cups chicken bone broth
  • 1 cup water
  • Instant Pot or other crockpot 

Cut your chicken and onion into small pieces. Crush and chop your garlic and chop or grate the ginger. Peel and chop your sweet potatoes into small pieces as well. Place them all into the slow cooker, followed by the butter (lima) beans, pepper (or tomato) paste, butter (or olive oil), and the salt, pepper, cumin and bay leaves. Add in the chicken broth and water and stir well.

Set your Instant Pot or other Crock Pot onto slow cook for 6 hours. Stir occasionally throughout the cooking time. Soup will be ready when the sweet potato is very soft. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Enjoy as is, with a slice of bread, or even sprinkle a little of your favorite cheese on top. Keep enjoying the leftovers, it tastes even better the next day!

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