Crockpot Chicken And Pesto Soup

This convenient, creamy Crockpot Chicken And Pesto Soup features fresh veggies, chunks of juicy chicken, chewy barley, pesto, and Parmesan in a dish that leaves you savoring each and every bite.

Crockpot Chicken And Pesto Soup in multicolored ceramic bowl on a yellow and white polka-dotted cloth napkin

I’ve mentioned my affinity for soups before, but have I ever mentioned my bond with my crockpot? 

Some days  it’s my lifeline.

Crockpot Chicken And Pesto Soup in a handled blue ceramic bowl on a wooden background

Summer and I have a love/hate relationship. I hate being hot, but I love to cook.

I hate that using the oven, even the stove top  in summer and spring, makes my kitchen feel like a sauna.

I can’t stand to be hot while cooking.

In the summer, the crockpot and I are best friends. I’m talking bosom buds.

It helps me feed my family the lovingly prepared, delectable food we all like, without me sweating up a storm as I slave away.

a spoonful of Crockpot Chicken And Pesto Soup held aloft over a green ceramic bowl

Did I mention I’m also to cheap to turn up my air conditioner just because I’m hot in the kitchen? No, I don’t think I did. But, I am.

This soup recipe is a winner. It’s also a must when I’m craving soup in the summer.

Same great taste, but noticeably less heat.

Crockpot Chicken And Pesto Soup in a green ceramic bowl

When I first tried it, I honestly couldn’t believe I’d never seen something like it in an Italian restaurant somewhere before.

Then again, without this recipe, I don’t think it would have occurred to me to try pesto in a soup.

Lesson learned.

three bowls of Crockpot Chicken And Pesto Soup with a cloth napkin and dried barley in the background

Dump the ingredients into your crockpot in the morning, have dinner waiting on you at the end of the day, and cozy up to a big ol’ bowl of this Crockpot Chicken And Pesto Soup.

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crockpot chicken and pesto soup in a blue bowl

Crockpot Chicken And Pesto Soup

A creamy, comforting soup featuring chicken, veggies, barley, and pesto-- that conveniently cooks in your crockpot.
4.25 from 4 votes
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 1179kcal


  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 carrots shredded and finely diced
  • 2-3 ribs of celery finely diced
  • 1 tbsp dried chopped onion
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 heaping tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed or frozen
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley not quick cooking
  • 1 1/2 cups milk room temperature (you can sub half/half or even cream for a richer soup)
  • 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1/2 of a zucchini shredded


  • To the bowl of a crockpot, add in the broth, carrot, celery, onion, oregano, garlic, and zucchini-- give it all a good stir.
  • Add in the chicken breasts.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and the barley is soft and chewy.
  • Remove chicken to a plate, and use two forks to shred or a knife and fork to dice it up.
  • Put the shredded, or diced, chicken back into the crockpot.
  • Stir in the milk, Parmesan, and pesto.
  • Turn the heat up to high, and continue cooking for another ten minutes.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with additional Parmesan and/or pesto, as desired.


Adapted from 365 Days of Slow Cooking


Calories: 1179kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 171g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 472mg | Sodium: 1090mg | Potassium: 3065mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4001IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 5mg

Pictures updated 2/9/2017

4 Sons 'R' Us: Chicken Pesto Soup in a glass mason jar with a spoon stuck in it

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One thought on “Crockpot Chicken And Pesto Soup

  1. I love creamy soup! I’ve never tried one with pesto but I have no doubt it’s absolutely delicious!! Don’t forget to add links to be considered for features next week! Happy Fiesta Friday, and have a lovely weekend!!

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