Creamy Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 3 reviews

Chicken Main Dishes Recipes Slow Cooker Soups and Stews

Cook time Cook time: 5 hours

Crockpot White Chicken Chili is the best way to make chili because the slow cooker does the cooking so easily! You simply dump the ingredients in the crockpot and get rewarded with a family favorite comforting meal. 

Slow cooker recipes are easy dinner for busy weeknights. Not only is it simple to make, but you are guaranteed to end up with the best and very flavorful meal for the whole family to enjoy. We also love crockpot chicken and rice, slow cooker cheesy potato soup, or crockpot whole chicken

This Crockpot White Chicken Chili is one of those easy dump-and-go recipes. It is absolutely amazing and is one of the easiest dinners you can make. It has a creamy texture, delicious taste, and healthy ingredients.

Similarly, you end up with a lot of time to work on something else while it cooks. Simply, put all the ingredients in the pot, cover it and let it slowly cook to perfection. 

This white bean chicken chili is a cozy and hearty meal to serve during a chilly day or winter months. Also, once you prepare your ingredients, you will end up with plenty of time to enjoy most of the afternoon or evening.

We love to serve it as is with some tortillas, and cilantro on top. This white chili recipe is perfect to make for lunch, dinner, pot-luck, game day, or to host a larger party. It is also great for meal prep, and leftovers taste even better the next few days!

How Do You Make Crockpot White Chicken Chili?

  1. First, make sure to drain and rinse the beans. You want to control the flavor and salt content in it, therefore it is best to rinse the beans.
  2. Then, add the chicken to the pot. You can use cooked shredded chicken, but also you can use thawed uncooked meat. Also, use breasts or chicken thighs based on preference. 
  3. Next, add the rest of the ingredients to the crock pot including the chicken stock. For a thick chili texture, you can use just one cup of stock. However, we like to use 2 cups for the best results and texture.
  4. Lastly, set the cooking time and let it slowly cook, and do its magic. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or LOW for 6-7 hours.
  5. Serve warm, and top it with fresh cilantro, tortilla strips, or sour cream.
 

Variations and substitutions:

  • Protein swap: Feel free to swap the chicken with shredded turkey or ham. 
  • Beans: You could also use any type of white beans here. Some great alternatives would be cannellini beans, great northern beans, or even dry beans. 
  • Non-dairy: To make it dairy-free, swap the heavy cream with coconut cream, or almond milk. Also, you could skip the dairy altogether. 
  • Instant Pot: If you have an electric pressure cooker, then try making this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
  • Other seasonings: For more flavor, add some chili powder, garlic powder, or other dried herbs. 

Can I make it spicier?

For a spicier kick, add some extra sliced jalapeno peppers or roast 2 poblano peppers and add to the pot.

Also, when adding the poblano peppers, make sure to rub away the skin, remove the seeds and membranes, then coarsely chop.

It is best to add to the pepper at the beginning of cooking.

How to thicken chili?

If you want to thicken it even more, then simply mix 1 tbsp of cornstarch into 3 tbsp of milk or chicken broth. 

Then, simply stir together to make the cornstarch slurry, and stir the mixture into the chili during the last 30 minutes of cooking. 

Another way would be to blend half of the chili in a food processor or using an immersion blender. This will thicken it as well. 

Favorite toppings:

We enjoy this meal as it is with simple toppings like tortilla chips or cilantro. The base of this chili is mild in flavor so it mixes well with plenty of toppings. Some other favorites are:

  • Sour cream
  • Monterey Jack cheese or any other cheese
  • Sliced avocado
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Pickled jalapeno
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Croutons
  • Cornbread
  • A squeeze of lime juice
  • Avocado slices
  • Green onion
  • Salsa verde

More Game Day Favorites:

How to store leftovers?

  • To refrigerate: First, let the dish completely cool at room temperature. Then, transfer leftover chili to an airtight container and store for up to 4 days. 
  • To freeze: Transfer the soup to a freezer bag, and freeze it for up to 3 months. 
 

Recipe Tips:

  • We use a 7-quart slow cooker to make this crockpot white chili chicken because we love to cook a larger portion size. However, a smaller version works just as fine, just divide all the ingredients in half and cook as directed.
  • In addition, you can use rotisserie chicken in this recipe. Just make sure to add it towards the end of the cooking process since it’s already cooked.
  • The beans should be rinsed and drained prior to use. As discussed above, it is best to have them clean and to control the saltiness on your own.
  • If planning on hosting a party or event, the soup can stay on the “warm” function of your Slow Cooker. Then, the guests or family members can grab a warm bowl whenever they want during the game.
  • The chili will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or 3 months frozen.
Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Easy Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Crockpot White Chicken Chili is the best way to make chili because the slow cooker does the cooking so easily!
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 468kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked shredded chicken meat
  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 jalapeño (seeded and minced)
  • 2 15oz. cans white beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 15oz. can sweet corn (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 4.5oz. can green chiles (optional for extra spiciness)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth (low-sodium)
  • 1 lime zested and juiced

To be added later:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese

Garnish

  • Freshly chopped cilantro
  • Extra cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Jalapeños
  • Corn chips

Instructions

  • Add the shredded chicken meat to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Top with the white beans, green chiles, minced jalapeño, diced onion, minced garlic, sweet corn, dried thyme, dried parsley, salt, pepper, lime juice, lime zest, and red pepper flakes. Add chicken broth. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
  • When there are 30 minutes of cooking remaining, in a small cup mix cream and cornstarch until combined, and add the mixture to the slow cooker. Also, stir in sour cream and shredded cheese until melted and fully combined.
  • Cover and cook for extra 30 minutes on high.
  • Optional: using an immersion blender, puree a portion of the chili, about 1/2, to thicken it even more.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 1003mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1020IU | Vitamin C: 16.7mg | Calcium: 285mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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Ruth I

I am sure that my friends and family would love this. It is not that complicated to prep actually. The pictures are looking great.

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Jennifer

Oh my goodness this looks so good! I make chicken chili as well but I never thought about adding corn. This is a great addition!

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Keikilani

Chili in the crockpot is one of my go-to easy meals! Your recipe is so easy and delicious. Adding it to my menu for next week.

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Celebrate Woman Today

Catalina, You are a Master Chef, GRL! Every time I am here – I need to make your recipe!

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Sherry

I love white chicken chili. I only wish the rest of my family did. I'll have to make a batch and freeze some.

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Krystel | Frugal Living

This looks very good. What else do you suggest to accompany it? Can you do this as a dinner

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This is a very hearty meal, it definitely can pass alone as dinner. But you can also serve it with some cornbread on the side, or if you want a light salad. Also, top it high with toppings :) that is the best part of the meal.

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Earlene

The description says uncooked chicken but the recipe says cooked chicken? Or am l misreading?

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You can use both :)

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