Healthy Slow-Cooker Chicken Recipes: Chicken & Veggie Soup, Greek Shredded Chicken

Jan 7 2016
We're serving up nutritious and delicious convenience two ways in today's edition of Small Changes, Big Results -- with set-it-and-forget-it slow-cooker recipes and super-short ingredient lists!
Healthy 5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Recipe: Chicken No-Noodle Soup with Veggies

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1/8th of recipe (about 1 cup): 160 calories, 1.5g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 687mg sodium, 16.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 17.5g protein

SmartPoints®
value 3*

Fact: Studies show that people who eat broth-based soup before a meal take in fewer calories overall. Whip up a batch of this insanely delicious stuff, and you'll be slashing calories all week long...

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 3 - 4 hours on high or 7 - 8 hours on low

Ingredients:

1 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved

4 cups fat-free chicken broth

3 cups frozen petite mixed vegetables

One 15-oz. can cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained and rinsed

One 14.5-oz. can stewed tomatoes (not drained)

Seasonings: salt, black pepper, ground thyme, bay leaves

Directions:

Place chicken in a slow cooker and season with 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Add all remaining ingredients, plus 1/4 tsp. thyme and 2 bay leaves. Mix well.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until chicken is fully cooked.

Transfer chicken to a large bowl. Remove and discard bay leaves. Shred chicken with two forks -- one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across and shred it.

Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker, and mix well.

MAKES 8 SERVINGS

Healthy 5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Recipe: Greek Shredded Chicken

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1/6th of recipe (about 3/4 cup): 193 calories, 6g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 362mg sodium, 6g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 2g sugars, 27.5g protein

SmartPoints®
value 3*

There are roughly 800 ways to enjoy this flavor-packed chicken: in lettuce cups, in a high-fiber tortilla, over a bed of shredded lettuce, straight-up with a fork, in crispy taco shells, wrapped in steamed cabbage leaves... Well, we can't list 'em all!

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 3 - 4 hours on high or 7 - 8 hours on low

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs. raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved

1 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup sliced black or kalamata olives

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. reduced-fat crumbled feta cheese

Seasonings: salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano

Directions:

Place chicken in a slow cooker, and season with 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. each garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano.

Top with onion, olives, and lemon juice. Add 1 1/4 cups water, and stir to mix.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until chicken is fully cooked.

Transfer chicken to a large bowl. Shred with two forks -- one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across and shred it.

Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker, and mix well.

Serve with a slotted spoon, draining the liquid.

Top each serving with 1 tbsp. feta cheese.

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Chew on this:

Today, January 7th, is National Tempura Day. While it generally isn't as fatty as other deep-fried food, tempura still packs a calorie punch. For smarter Asian-food selections, check out this Sushi Survival Guide!

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