Slow Cooker White Chili with Chicken Recipe -
Slow Cooker White Chili with Chicken Recipe
  • READY IN 12+ hrs

Slow Cooker White Chili with Chicken

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"Not your average chili. Because this is a chili and not a stew or soup, it is deliberately under-watered. I would add 1 cup of water if you are planning on leaving the house while this cooks, especially on High. And if you are using frozen chicken, allow an extra hour to reach the correct consistency. Also, you may need to add salt depending on how salty the broth you are using is. If you like your chili spicier, I would add a lot more jalapenos. I think I used about 3 tablespoons on a half recipe of this. For a more intense cumin flavor, use cumin seeds instead or add the cumin at the end."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    12 hrs 15 mins


  1. Place Great Northern beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight. Drain and rinse beans.
  2. Place beans, chicken, onion, chicken broth, jalapeno pepper, cumin, oregano, and garlic powder in a slow cooker.
  3. Cook on High for 4 hours or on Low for 8 hours. Remove chicken breasts from the chili and place on a work surface; shred chicken breasts with a fork and mix back into chili.
  4. Spoon chili into 4 bowls; top each serving with 1/4 of the chopped tomato, 1 ounce Mexican cheese blend, and 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 17, 2013

I was looking for a slow cooker white chili recipe, and I found a great one in this! I doubled it (my bag of beans was 1 lb, so it just worked better). I used two garlic cloves (crushed) instead of garlic powder, and about a tsp of dried cilantro as I didn't have any fresh. I started out with just the jalapeno that's called for, but at my taste-test partway through cooking, it was super bland, so I added two cans (4 oz each) of diced green chiles and a pinch of red pepper flakes (the recipe notes mention additional peppers and I definitely agree!!). Even with those additions, it had just a touch of kick. If my toddlers weren't eating it with us, I'd probably add still more heat. Also per the recipe notes, I put in half of the cumin at the beginning and half at the end, so it wouldn't get lost during the 8-hour slow cooking. The only other slight adjustment I made was to use my immersion blender a little bit while I had the chicken out to shred. That thickened up the chili just enough to my liking. (I also added about 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper towards the end, as the chicken stock I used was unsalted.) The end result was delicious, and was enjoyed by me, my husband, and our 1- and 3-year-olds! I'm very happy to have this chili to add to my winter meals rotation.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 07, 2014

its good but needs green chili's to make it a true chili ... add a couple cans and it is much better I also add 1-2 more jalapenos

Nov 11, 2012

it was a good start. i added fresh garlic, salt, pepper and more cumin. than topped it with cheese

Jan 28, 2013

I made it last night and the only issue I had was that it calls for way too much liquid. I used one can of white beans and next time would add a 2nd can. I will probably also put one of the cans in the food processor and then add it to make the chili thicker. It's delicious but basically soup.

Jan 07, 2014

I think the reason some folks found this recipe too soupy is because they used canned beans instead of dried beans. If using canned you could use a lot less stock. I added more heat, too, but this is a great recipe! Thanks!

Jan 07, 2014

jgrollman, did you use 'dried' beans and then add a can of beans at a later time or simply used only canned? I ask because dried beans will definitely soak up the extra liquid called for. If you did not use dried please do try the recipe again because it's really good!

Feb 18, 2013

Good recipe. Served in bowls over brown rice, with Mexican shredded cheese, diced tomatoes and sour cream. Next time, however, must spice it up....tastes way too bland without adding some more Mexican spice.

Nov 05, 2013

This recipie was very easy to put together and hearty on a cold evening! I garnished with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, shredded cheese, & sour cream and used flour tortillas for dipping. I will definitely be making this again :)


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  • Calories
  • 416 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.8 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 95 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 12.9 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 10.1 g
  • 40%
  • Protein
  • 42.2 g
  • 84%
  • Sodium
  • 1000 mg
  • 40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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