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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with chicken is the perfect comfort food to warm you up. Full of vegetables, flavored with Italian seasoning and slow-cooked to perfection. You and your family are going to love this meal!

Top view of a white round bowl of split pea soup.
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Soups like this Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup are one of the most satisfying dinners, especially on chilly nights! This version of split pea soup is cooked with chicken instead of ham. It’s also filled with vegetables and is easy to make. Split pea soup is one of those hearty good soups that, despite the color, is so incredibly delicious. Serve it with a side of rolls and a fresh green salad and you’ve got a meal that’s sure to delight!

Reasons to make this recipe

  • Easy and convenient: Once you’ve sautéed the veggies, you can transfer everything to the crockpot and let it cook until flavorful and delicious. A wonderful healthy dinner will be ready and waiting when you get home.
  • Wholesome: This soup has plenty of protein from the chicken and is loaded with nutrients from all of the added vegetables.
  • A great family meal: This recipe is budget-friendly, tasty and healthy. It makes 8 servings, so you’ll have plenty to go around. Leftovers are great, too!
Dipping toast into a bowl of split pea soup.

Ingredients needed

This chicken split pea soup recipe is made with healthy and wholesome ingredients. The chicken adds extra flavor and a boost of protein. Here’s everything you’ll need to make it:

  • Veggies: You’ll need a white onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and dried split peas, plus some olive oil for sautéing them.
  • Seasoning: Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper adds wonderful flavor to the soup.
  • Broth: We’re using low-sodium chicken broth for the base of the soup.
  • Cooked chicken: Use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken to add flavor and heartiness to the recipe.
  • For serving: We love this garnished with fresh parsley and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. You can also add croutons if you’d like!
Peas, carrots, celery, chopped chicken and broth.

How to make this recipe

Like most slow cooker soup recipes, once you sauté the vegetables this is pretty hands-off. While it slowly cooks, the flavors will meld together, intensify, and become so tasty. Here’s how everything comes together.

  1. Sauté the veggies: Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Sauté the onion, carrots and celery for 5 minutes. Add garlic and split peas and cook for 30 seconds.
  1. Add to crock pot: Transfer to your crockpot and stir in the seasoning, broth and water.
  2. Cook: Turn the heat to LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.
  3. Next, add the chicken: Once the soup is done, stir in the chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Garnish and serve: Garnish with parsley and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Expert tips

  • To save time: If you really want to decrease the hands-on time needed to make this, consider buying pre-chopped veggies, either in the produce department or frozen foods section of your grocery store.
  • Make it creamy: If you want to make this extra creamy, take about 1/4 to 1/3 of the soup (before adding the chicken) and use an immersion blender to blend until it’s smooth. Then, add the blended soup back in with the rest of the soup.
  • Vegetarian option: To make this soup recipe vegan or vegetarian, omit the chicken and substitute a good quality vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
  • To serve: We love to complete this meal with crackers or crusty bread for soaking up all of the delicious broth!
Pea soup with chicken and carrots in a white bowl.

Frequently asked questions

What are split peas?

Green split peas are simply dried peas that have been cut in half. Because they have been split in half, they will cook faster without being soaked overnight. They have a slightly earthy flavor with a subtle sweetness, just like sweet green peas. Once cooked, they become very tender resulting in a creamy texture that also is great for making the soup thicker.

Do split peas need to be soaked before cooking?

The good thing about using split peas is that they do not require any soaking. They are similar to lentil soup. It is recommended that you still rinse them before cooking to remove any dirt.

Is split pea soup healthy for you?

Yes, because this split pea soup recipe includes so many vegetables, it offers a wide range of vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B6, iron, and many more that are essential for better health.

side shot of a white cup with split pea soup next to a crockpot

Storage recommendations

Leftovers are even better the next day!

  • In the refrigerator: Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. This soup does thicken as it sits. Add broth or water to give it a thinner consistency, as needed.
  • To reheat: Reheat on the stovetop on medium-low heat or microwave individual portions.
  • To freeze: Once the soup as completely cooled, transfer it to a freezer-safe container or place in freezer-safe bags. It will keep in the freezer for up 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat the next day.
Closeup view of split pea soup in a bowl.

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5 from 2 votes

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

By: Rena
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
top view of a white round bowl of split pea soup with a spoon in the bowl on the right side
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with chicken is the perfect comfort food to warm you up. Full of vegetables, flavored with Italian seasoning and slow-cooked to perfection. You and your family are going to love this meal!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 3 celery sticks, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb dried split peas, rinsed
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups chopped/shredded cooked chicken
  • OPTIONAL: Freshly chopped fresh parsley and ground parmesan, for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Sauté the onion, carrots and celery for 5 minutes. Add garlic and split peas and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Transfer to your crockpot and stir in the seasoning, broth and water.
  • Cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.
  • Once the soup is done, stir in the chicken and season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Garnish with parsley and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Notes

*Each serving is about 1 1/4 cups.
  • Storing in the refrigerator: Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. This soup does thicken as it sits. Add broth or water to give it a thinner consistency, as needed.
  • To reheat: Reheat on the stovetop on medium-low heat or microwave individual portions.
  • To freeze: Once the soup as completely cooled, transfer it to a freezer-safe container or place in freezer-safe bags. It will keep in the freezer for up 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat the next day.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 329kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 29gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 399mgPotassium: 908mgFiber: 16gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 3929IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
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