Thursday, March 15, 2018

Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Crockpot White Chicken Chili  is an easy dinner recipe idea for busy weeknights.  Tender chicken slow cooked with zesty spices and white beans - topped with cheese, chips, cilantro and sour cream. Yum!

Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Sometimes it’s nice to mix things up and serve a white chili instead of a traditional tomato based one.  There’s something special about the way all the flavors meld together into a yummy comforting dinner that’s sooo easy.

It’s Erin from Suburban Simplicity back this month with a family-favorite for you! We love this Crockpot White Chicken Chili because it’s so easy and also delicious the next day for lunch!

This recipe couldn’t be more simple.  I just got a new crockpot because my previous one was worn out from so much use!  This was the first recipe I couldn’t wait to make in the new one. The next will be my kid’s favorite - Crockpot Pizza Casserole. For the chili, you simply place all the ingredients, except the beans, corn, and cream cheese (if you’re using) into your slow cooker and let it simmer for 6 hours on low, or 4 hours on high.

About a half hour before it’s done, you can then add the corn, cream cheese (if using) and beans. Once it’s finished cooking, you take out the tender chicken, shred it and place it back into the crockpot to serve.

It’s time to ladle it into some bowl and top with any of the suggested yummy toppings including cheese, jalapeƱos, and chips!

Crockpot White Chicken Chili in a bowl

Helpful Tips to make Crockpot White Chicken Chili:

  • You can use either chicken breasts or chicken thighs in this recipe, or a combination of both.
  • This is a flavorful but mild chili, so If you prefer it spicier, feel free to add some jalapeƱos while the recipe is cooking in addition to adding them as a garnish. 
  • Depending on your preference, you can either leave the chicken in larger chunks or shred it once it’s done cooking.
  • The cream cheese is optional. If you want a creamier chili, add it to the crockpot 30 minutes before it’s done cooking.
  • For thicker chili, blend the liquid with an immersion blender before you put back in your shredded or chunked chicken. 

What you will need to make Crockpot White Chicken Chili:

  • Crockpot - this kitchen appliance is a must have any time of the year for set it and forget it recipes.
  • Ladle - great for serving soups, stews and chili recipes.

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Yield: 6

Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Crockpot White Chicken Chili is an easy dinner recipe idea for busy weeknights. Tender chicken slow cooked with zesty spices and white beans - topped with cheese, chips, cilantro and sour cream. Yum!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 hours and 10 mins


  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs, or a mix
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 (4-ounce) cans diced green chili peppers, drained
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini or white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 oz cream cheese, optional
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, optional


  1. Combine the chicken, onions, green chili peppers, garlic, cumin, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, coriander, oregano, and bay leaf in a 6-quart or larger crockpot. Stir all ingredients together and pour chicken broth over top.
  2. Cover and cook on the high for 4 hours on the low for 6 hours. About 30 minutes before it’s done cooking, add the beans, corn and cream cheese (if using). Taste and add the other 1/2 teaspoon of salt or other seasonings if necessary. Cover and cook for the remaining time.
  3. Transfer the chicken to a large plate or cutting board and shred it into bite-sized pieces with 2 forks. Place chicken back into the chili and remove the bay leaf. (For a creamier chili, see Helpful Tips above.)
  4. To serve: shredded Monterey jack cheese, lime wedges, cilantro, sour cream, hot sauce or avocado

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  1. Thank you for this wonderful recipe Erin! I'm cooking for 1, so I will cook this on top of the stove and halve the ingredients and use 2 leftover cooked thighs and add minced red bell pepper.I will saute the onion and red pepper and then add the other ingredients (except cooked chicken)and simmer about 20 minutes and then add the chopped chicken to heat through. What a great recipe for leftover Chicken!

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianMarch 15, 2018 at 6:19 AM

      Thanks Jane Smith, Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

  2. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianMarch 15, 2018 at 6:19 AM

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  3. You said you just got a new crockpot. Are you willing to share the kind/size and how you made your selection. I always wanted the largest crockpot I could find, but now I think it might be better to have a variety. Any thoughts???


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