September 10th, 2013

{Crock Pot} Creamy Italian Chicken Tomato Soup


I really can’t say enough about this Creamy Italian Chicken Tomato Soup.  I really love it- and why not?  It’s packed with flavor, low-fat, low carb, healthy and incredibly easy to make – sounds good right?

This recipe is one that just jumped out at me on Pinterest and I knew I didn’t want to just bury in on my board.  However, when I looked at the recipe, it called for coconut milk (paleo friendly).  Hmmm, I really wasn’t quite sure about that and debated if I should replace it . . . in the end I was intrigued and decided to go with it.  If you have that same concern I promise you do not taste coconut at all – it just gives this soup some creaminess.  I added in some fresh onion and garlic and the results were just yummy, and because it’s so healthy it makes a fabulous lunch throughout the week.

In the morning, just add your ingredients to your crockpot – no pre-browning or fussing, you can even add the chicken frozen.  When you come home your chicken should be tender enough to fall apart and you have dinner ready.




{Crock Pot} Creamy Italian Chicken Tomato Soup


3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk (full fat)
1 cup chicken broth
1 (14 ounce)can diced tomatoes (add the juice)
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (more to taste)
fresh ground pepper to taste


Mix the onions, garlic, coconut milk, chicken broth, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes along with seasonings in your crock pot.  Add chicken.  Cover and cook on LOW for 7-9 hours or on HIGH for 4-6 hours or until chicken shreds easily (remember no two crock pots cook alike – so adjust).

Shred chicken and return to crock pot.  Keep warm until ready to serve.  Serves 6-8

recipe adapted from Everyday Paleo

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93 Responses to “{Crock Pot} Creamy Italian Chicken Tomato Soup”

  1. Kyra,
    This sounds yummy-delicious but seems like it needs more liquid.
    Can you verify, only 1 cup of broth?

  2. Gail – it is just one cup but you also have the coconut milk, tomato sauce and canned tomatoes. Give it a try- you’ll love it!

  3. Yum. Looks good!

  4. Could you substitute skim milk for the coconut milk?

  5. Mike, I haven’t made it with the skim milk, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. If you try it let us know. Thanks!

  6. this was fantastic!!!


  7. Angela – Yeah glad you like it. It is amazing to me that it can taste so good and be so healthy 🙂

  8. This looks wonderful and I can’t wait to make it! I’ll make sure to link it back to you. Also pinned and shared on Reddit. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  9. I just made this last night!

    Despite the coconut milk (full fat) I still felt like it needed a little more fat/cream when it was done. So I added about 4oz of cream cheese and stirred it in until it melted. It added just the kick I wanted. If you can afford the calories I recommend it!

    Thanks for a wonderful recipe, I’ll be making this a lot. It’s very flavorful and hearty!

  10. Jenny – Good call on the cream cheese if you are not watching the fat content it certainly would add more creaminess. Sounds great. Thanks for the feedback!

  11. Yum!!!!! Filled our house with the best aroma!!
    Had this for lunch, raided the fridge and added some leftover white rice and some yellow corn to stretch it out for dinner!! What great soup!!

  12. Perfect for fall! Even my pickiest eater loved it. I added celery and shell noodles. Delicious and I’ll definitely make again!

  13. Ellie – your feedback makes us so happy! We love it when you love it!! The pasta is a great idea 🙂

  14. This soup was very good! I feel like my whole soup-world has just opened up thanks to the idea of putting coconut milk in for a bit of creaminess and flavor.

  15. Laura – I’m so glad you are a believer now too! I was so skeptical of the coconut milk – but what a great “light” alternative to cream or half and half!! So glad you like it!

  16. I made this for dinner tonight and it is fabulous! My little guy is allergic to dairy so the coconut milk is ideal. My husband who is not a soup fan said to me “hey this is pretty good!” I found this too late to make it in the crock pot, but it turned out delish on the stove top too!

  17. Jillian – that’s the same reaction my husband had. {He still doesn’t realize there is coconut milk in it!} Thanks for the feedback!

  18. Laura- I feel the same way, a whole world has opened before me thanks to this recipe and its coconut milk!

  19. I love soup!!!!! And this is one of the best soups I’ve ever made….was worried about the cocnut milk but it turned out great.

  20. Thanks Sara – love the feedback!

  21. Gonna try it today! What size can of dices tomatoes do you use? 14 oz or 28oz?

  22. Andrea. It’s 14 ounce. Let me know how you like it!

  23. Any idea on the nutritional information? Calories, fat, protein, carbs, etc.?

  24. Sorry Jana – I don’t have the nutritional info calculated, but as you can see it’s very low fat, and low carb. Best of all it’s very delicious!

  25. Thank you for posting this recipe. I used a can of rotel like tomatoes and chilies which I liked it spiced it up. Also added fresh zucchini and carrots- which was wonderful! I used the light coconut milk, it probably would have tasted a bit better with the full fat but it was pretty good without it. Thanks again!

  26. Sarah. Great idea to add the rotel and I love the added veggies! Thanks.

  27. This was amazing and have made it a couple times already!!!! Thank you for another wonderful dish!!!

  28. This was just ok for me. Not bad, just not great. I could definitely taste the coconut (I am a huge fan, but just didn’t care for it in this dish). I would use heavy cream instead and add fresh parm.

  29. I have never used coconut milk before. Could this be frozen?

  30. Jennifer- yes you can freeze it! Let us know how you like it!

  31. This soup recipe was SO Delicious-AMAZEBALLS!!! Thanks for great recipe!

  32. I just found your post on pinterest and it looks amazing…then I saw your name…that’s my name too! Doesn’t happen very often. So, from one Kyra to another, thanks for the recipe. I’m making it tomorrow night for our weekly JEOPARDY night…sounds lame, but I assure you it is tons of fun!

  33. Kyra – How fun! You’re right, I don’t find my name out there very often. Nice to meet you. I hope you love the soup- let us know! P.S. Jeopardy night sounds like fun!!

  34. Hi, sound great, especially for out many dairy-free people. How is the timing on stove top, no crock pot.

    thanks, Crystal

  35. Thanks for a great recipe. Made this and it was excellent. Only change I made was to add a 12 ounce bag of frozen steamed mixed vegetable after I shredded chicken. Will definitely be making again.

  36. Thanks Rosemary – adding the veggies is a great idea!

  37. This gave a great welcoming smell when I came home! The chicken shredded beautifully. I didn’t have diced tomatoes on hand so I used a can of whole peeled. Not as much tomatoes but still good! It was so easy and simple. Thanks!!

  38. Hi there! I’m from Australia and would just like to clarify what the 1 x 8 ounce can tomato sauce is? Does that mean tomato puree in a can?

  39. Hi Bonny – Tomato sauce ( is a common staple here. It’s just basically tomatoes cooked down to a smooth liquid. The puree would be a little thicker – you might need to adjust the liquid. Good Luck!

  40. Can the chicken be frozen when you start it?

  41. Cindy – Yes, the chicken can start frozen- no problem!

  42. Holy Yum! Made this today, only added some noodles and celery for an extra something. Delish! So much tastier then my regular chicken noodle soup. This is definitely a favourite

  43. Oooo, oooo, so AMAZING!

  44. What size crock pot did you use.i have a 6qt is that ok?

  45. Kelly – mine is 6 quart too and there is plenty of room! I think you are going to love this soup! Let me know…

  46. I really loved this dish. Its healthy and taste great. I did have a little problem with trying to mask the coconut milk taste. I followed the original recipe and only added these extras-one extra can diced tomatoes, another can of chicken broth, spinach, parsley, and bay leaves-when I could still taste the coconut milk. And this is very minor but I was curious how your soups color was so dark? After I added in the coconut milk my soup was half as dark as yours. Your soup looks like it doesn’t have any coconut milk in it at all. The color doesn’t matter at all but I was just wondering how your soup turned out much darker and richer looking? Oh I almost forgot. I also had to use the hand mixer on the broth because the coconut milk was grainy and was leaving a grainy film in the soup and all around the crock pot.

  47. I am not new to low carb, but am new to coconut milk as well as almond milk. So far have not tried either one. I bought both today, and noticed almond milk has quite a few less carbs. Could almond milk be used in place of the coconut milk? I am super excited to try some of your recipes 🙂

  48. Nikki – I have never made it with Almond Milk, but the two do taste different. I’m not sure about the combination here- anybody have an opinion??

  49. Do you have the carb count for this recipe. I am new st the while low carb thing. 🙂

  50. Currently making this as I type. I just checked on it and it seems like it’s a lot of liquid and not much else. Anyone else have this issue? Think I may add a cup or two or cooked rice.

  51. I’ve made this several times already and it is delicious. The first time, I made it using the full fat version of the coconut milk, as stated in the recipe. The second time, I used the low fat version. It was still delicious but not as creamy. Now, I double the recipe and use one can of low fat and I can of the full fat. Anyway I make it, it’s great. I add 1/2 cup of orzo into it toward the end.

  52. Looks delicious… Any suggestions on slipping some more veggies in there???

  53. THIS WAS SO GOOD! Finding things both my mom and I can eat has been challenging. I recently tried a different tomato soup recipe that was a huge disappointment. I’m eating this one right now and really enjoying it! thank you!!

  54. I dont have a crock pot can I make this like I would a reguler soup in a pot ?

  55. Nat – sure you can make it on the stove. Just let it simmer long and slow. Enjoy!

  56. I could definately taste the coconut milk. I followed the recipe like it says but ended up adding a whole lot of other stuff to try to mask it but nothing worked. I wonder if I got a weird brand or something? Anyway I definately won’t be using coconut milk for any future recipes. If anyone finds an alternative that would be great. I wish I could say the recipe was good other than that but I just couldn’t get past the coconut taste :/

  57. Made this today and it was awesome and I’m not a big fan of soup. Was a nasty day so I had no coconut milk used heavy cream and a little cream cheese. Will make a double batch next time so I can have leftovers.

  58. Just to clarify do you put “raw” chicken in the crockpot? Thanks, I can’t wait to try

  59. Rachel – Yes, add raw chicken to the crock pot – how easy is that! Let me know how you like it!

  60. Tried it tonight and everyone loved it! I added fresh spinach the last 30 minutes and fresh Parmesan. Yum! Will make again!

  61. Yes Rachel- I put mine in frozen and raw!

  62. This is really good and EASY!!! I plan to make a double batch next time 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  63. kyra sounds yummy. I’m a bit nervous about the coconut milk. Could you use half coconut milk and either regular milk, half and half, or heavy creamer? Would the measurement be the same?

  64. Sarah – yes, you could substitute the coconut milk which keeps it paleo friendly. The richer the milk the richer the soup, but unfortunately the richer the calories – drats! 🙂
    Enjoy and let me know how you like it!

  65. Can a person use coconut cream instead of the coconut milk?

  66. can a person use coconut cream instead of coconut milk? I only have the cream and would like to make this tomorrow

  67. I used fat free half and half and fat free milk. It tastes delicious. It wasn’t as creamy as I had hoped. I used a total of 14 oz as per the coconut milk. I wonder if I should have used a little less. I added a little whipping cream at the end to thicken it up. It helped a little.

  68. So I forgot to grab coconut milk at the store, is this an ingredient that I can skip or maybe just use 1% milk??

  69. Yes you can use regular milk. The coconut milk keeps it paleo friendly.

  70. At what point doyou add onion and garlic?

  71. i didn’t see in the directions what to do with the onion and garlic. Should it be added in the beginning and does it need to be sautéed first to soften? Also is it correct at 2 Tb Italian seasoning or should it be 2 tsp? Seems a little much at 2 Tb.

  72. Lori – add the onions and garlic to the crockpot with the other ingredients- no need to saute first. Yes, it is 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning. Let me know how you like it!

  73. oh my goodness! I’ve made this soup too many times to count now. It’s Ahhhhmazing!!! So flavorful and I never change a thing except cooking time. In my crock pot it only takes 4 hours on low. My number 1 crock pot meal. Love it!

  74. I loved this soup! I did substitute half and half for the coconut milk and it was delicious! Also added some red pepper flakes!

  75. I made this once before using leftover pork roast instead of the chicken, it was very good! Today I am making it with chicken-I boiled a whole one instead of using breasts. I used a jar of my favorite pasta sauce in place of the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasoning! So easy!

  76. This looks delicious! My family is not a fan of coconut milk so can I use regular milk? Also do I use Condensed milk or Evaporarted milk? Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you

  77. Just wanted to say how utterly delicious this soup is, one of my favourite dishes, I love it! I’ve made it about 5 times now & it’s in the slow cooker again today. I add about 100g of small pasta shapes just to bulk it out a little. So good, just make it!

  78. Made this last night for dinner since hubby and I are doing Whole30. Delicious! Even our 3 year old daughter cleaned her bowl! Only change I made was to use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts. They shred so easily and don’t dry out in the crock pot. To those who are complaining of the strong coconut taste…any chance they are using sweetened coconut milk instead of unsweetened?? I thought the coconut milk added the perfect amount of creaminess, but didn’t notice any taste other than Italian yumminess! Thanks for a healthy soup recipe that also tastes like comfort food!

  79. My family could not eat this fast enough. It was delicious. The base could be great with crab or lobster as well. So delicious.

  80. Jennifer – LOVE the seafood idea! Can’t wait to try it with crab!! Thanks.

  81. Delicious!! I added some fresh Thyme, marjoram and bay leaves. Some crushed red pepper and a 2nd can of diced tomatoes. After removing the chicken to shred I pureed it. Many compliments!!!!

  82. What about substituting sliced Italian sausage instead of chicken?

  83. I’m on a keto diet and I wish I would have calculated the carbs first. Came out to over 40 carbs if it’s divided by 6 servings. That’s more than I can have in a whole day. So it’s not very low carb. Gonna save for a cheat meal in a couple weeks.Always need to check paleo recipes cause they aren’t always low on carbs. It is delicious though.

  84. Found this while googling this am to find a recipe that fit my ingredients on-hand! SO glad I found it! I also added 2 cans of cannelloni beans, and ended ho doubling the sauce & tomatoes (I only had larger sizes and knew they’d go to waste if I didn’t use the all at once). Whoa! Total pantry raid, hectic morning SCORE! Big hit with the fam!

  85. This was very good. Loved it. I’ve never used coconut milk before, so I was a little leary. It was great. At my grocery store, they only had coconut milk in the quart size and 15 oz sweet coconut cream, I chose the milk and just measured it. I did add just a little bid of tiny star macaroni
    noodles. I also made it with 2 very large chicken breast, bone in and just de-boned them. Also, I think that will add just a little more liquid next time. My husband is very picking and he loved it.

  86. I can’t wait to make this- no coconut milk on hand &I after a couple cans are in my pantry, I’ll make it!! It sounds so yummy & it’s healthy! A hard combo to come by.

  87. Thank you for this interesting recipe

  88. Is the coconut milk supposed to be partially solid. It has not expired and it is organic. Any thoughts?

  89. Yes Cate – that is coconut cream and very common for the cans of milk to have it!

  90. I am gonna make it tonight, I was just adding up the carb/calories numbers and I came up with 37 carbs and 1700 cals per batch so about anywhere between 4.5-6 carbs and 220-280 cals per serving.

  91. I just made this but with ground turkey because I didn’t have any chicken handy. Pretty tasty!

  92. We LOVE this soup and I make it often in the colder winter months. I normally follow the recipe but one day was out of Italian seasoning so I used Fines Herbes it was just as delish with a slightly different flavor.

    Thank you for this great working mom/slow cooker recipe.

  93. This was amazing! So so good. Thanks for this recipr


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