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It is a keeper recipe.  This was a surprisingly flavorful soup.  Two days later, it was all gone between my husband and me.  Don't let the long list of ingredients worry you - mostly herbs, etc. for the Italian seasoning mix.  I would make this soup again in a heartbeat!

Hearty soups are popular all year round, but especially as the days become cooler and more cozy.  I can see how Chicken Soup would chase away colds.  These kinds of soups are packed full of nutrition.  I like to make my own chicken stock, so will add that in the helpful hints.  If you use commercial chicken broth, then you may have to adjust the salt in the recipe, as no doubt it is higher in sodium than my chicken stock.

The Mozzarella cheese helps thicken the soup a bit and is so Italian, right?  lol  Anyway, I am rambling.  I don't really know what else to say, except to say we enjoyed this soup very much, and I hope you will try it soon!  This is a creamy soup without being too thick.

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You could add low-carb noodles of some kind, or if you are in maintenance, a little cooked quinoa in place of rice.  I know many low-carbers use it judiciously.  I make quinoa the same way I make rice in the oven; very easy.  I rarely make quinoa, to be honest.


2 large chicken breasts

1 small onion, chopped

1 tsp seasoning salt (5 mL)

1 tsp Montreal Chicken seasoning (5 mL)

8 oz cream cheese (250 g)

5 cups chicken stock/broth (1.25 L)

1/2 cup grated Mozzarella cheese (125 mL)

1/2 cup chopped frozen spinach (125 mL)

  (chop finer, if necessary)

1/4 cup heavy cream (60 mL)

1 tsp arrowroot powder, OR cornstarch (5 mL)

2 slices bacon, cooked and diced

Italian Seasoning mix:

2 tsp oregano (10 mL)

1 tsp dried parsley (5 mL)

1 tsp granulated garlic powder (5 mL)

1 tsp onion powder (5 mL)

1 tsp basil (5 ml)

1 tsp sweetener (5 mL)

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (2 mL)

1/2 tsp black pepper (2 mL)

1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)

1/4 tsp thyme (1 mL)


In crockpot, place chicken breasts and onion.  Sprinkle with seasoning salt and Montreal Chicken seasoning.  Cut up the cream cheese and place in the crockpot.


Italian Seasoning Mix: In small bowl, combine oregano, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, sweetener, red pepper flakes, black pepper, salt and thyme.


In medium bowl, pour chicken stock/broth.  Stir in Italian Seasoning Mix.  Set crockpot on high for 31/2 hours.  Take chicken out and shred with two forks.  Return shredded chicken to crockpot along with Mozzarella cheese, spinach and heavy cream.  Stir it into the crockpot.  Take some of the liquid out and in small bowl mix with arrowroot powder, OR cornstarch. Stir into soup. Cook another 15 minutes on high.  Serve in bowls with cooked bacon bits on top.

Helpful Hints:  If using commercial chicken stock, you may want to reduce added salt.  Commercial chicken stock is no doubt very salty-tasting. *To make homemade chicken stock, place rotisserie chicken carcass in slow-cooker.  Add water to cover.  Add 1 tsp (5 mL) salt, 1 tsp parsley (1 mL), 1/2  tsp (2 mL) thyme (optional) and 1/tsp (2 mL) black pepper.  Place slow-cooker on low and cook overnight.  Strain and either refrigerate or freeze the chicken stock in an airtight container.  This chicken stock makes a wonderful base for soups and gravies.

Yield:  5 servings

1 serving

359.5 calories

27.3 g protein

24.2 g fat

0.9 g fiber

6.4 g net carbs 

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