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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili – Easy Crockpot Recipe

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This creamy white chicken chili recipe is made super easy by cooking it in the slow cooker! Once you try this Crock Pot chicken chili recipe full of white beans, chicken, and flavorful creamy broth, you’ll never go back to making it on the stove again!

A close up of white chicken chili topped with green onion

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After posting about our Chili Bar party last week I got a ton of requests for my both my slow cooker turkey chili and White Bean Chicken Chili recipe (both at the party and via email from you all!)

Of course since you asked I felt obliged to make the recipe a second time this week (it’s good enough to eat weekly!) and share it with you here today.

Why I love this recipe

Like traditional chili, this white chili recipe is full of hearty beans which makes it very filling yet inexpensive. It is an easy crockpot meal for thos busy weeknights and it’s also a great meal for meal prep as it freezes and reheats well.

I also love that it is dairy-free, packed with protein, and filling.

A crockpot filled with white chicken chili topped with green onion

Ingredients

This is a simple recipe without a lot of extra, unnecessary ingredients, only the essentials to pack it full of flavor!

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Great Northern Beans or cannellini beans
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • jalapeño pepper
  • chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Sear the diced chicken in a skillet 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  2. Add chicken and remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to mix.
  3. Heat on low 6-8 hours or high 4 hours & serve.

Tip: If you work outside the home and want to throw it together quickly in the morning to cook all day, sear the chicken the night before and store in the fridge then dump everything in the crockpot in the morning-don’t skip the searing step, it helps keep the chicken juicy instead of dry!

Two bowls of while chicken chili with green onion

Serving suggestions

You can really customize this chili to your taste with your favorite toppings:

  • Mexican blend, monterey jack, or shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped green onions
  • sour cream
  • Fritos chips
  • chopped avocados
  • Mexican Cornbread
  • tortilla chips
  • fresh cilantro
  • diced red onion
  • lime wedges for fresh lime juice
  • chopped green chiles
  • pico de gallo
  • salsa verde

See our full list of our favorite things to serve with white chicken chili.

A close up of white chicken chili topped with green onion

Variations

This recipe creates a pretty chunky chili. If you (like my husband) like a more soup-like consistency you can easily add a cup of chicken broth to the crockpot to add more liquid.

To make this recipe on the stovetop simply do the recipe exactly as below but instead of adding everything to the slow cooker I add it to a large pot or Dutch oven and simmer on medium-low for at least two hours.

If you prefer your chili to have shredded chicken rather than chunks you can skip the searing and simply cook the whole chicken breast and shred the cooked chicken with two forks before serving. You can also make this chili with chicken thighs. I personally prefer the seared chicken chunks because they remain moist.

You can adjust the heat level higher by adding in a can of chopped green chiles or adding a few dashes of cayenne pepper.

Storage

Keep the chili in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze in a freezer container up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat on the stovetop or microwave. I suggest adding some additional chicken broth when reheating to prevent drying out the chili.

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A close up of white chicken chili topped with green onion

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili


  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

Easy Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is a great weeknight or party recipe. Cook on the stovetop or use your crockpot to make it extra easy!


Ingredients

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  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cans Great Northern Beans, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely diced (optional for extra spice)
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, sear chicken until golden brown on the outside, 2-3 minutes per side. Add to crockpot.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to crockpot and stir to mix.
  3. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4 hours.

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Freeze for up to 3 months.

Add chicken broth when reheating to avoid drying the chili out.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: main
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2/3 cup
  • Calories: 379
  • Sugar: 2.3 g
  • Sodium: 411.4 mg
  • Fat: 6.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 58.1 g
  • Protein: 24.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 13.8 mg

Keywords: slow cooker white chicken chili

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