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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

This easy recipe is  favorite for those busy cold weather days. Just throw everything in the crock pot and by dinnertime you’ll have a delicious bowl of Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili! Seasoned with garlic, cumin, and green chiles, this chili has complex flavor with just slight heat, and it’s totally effortless. 

slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

You are looking at my dinner today… and possibly tomorrow.

I have SO MUCH other cooking to do before Thursday, and I can really hardly be bothered with what to eat for dinner. This Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is my delicious spicy solution.

Oh! And besides the cooking I’ve had this other disaster happening on the side. Fun times.

If you’ve been here awhile you know that my biggest focus for the last two years was to move out of the rented shoebox we were living in and buy a house. And we did it! It’s our first home and we could not be happier. We bought a foreclosure though, and while it was move-in ready (like there are walls and a roof and everything works), it has some fashion crisis issues going on. Poor house is totally stuck in 1988, but like your grandma’s ideas of awesome in 1988 with blue carpet and questionable wallpaper. Also the whole downstairs is covered in paneling. I feel like paneling is the house version of a mullet.

Anyways, we have been working out the aesthetics little by little since we moved in – and we have made some real progress! One day I will find a minute to take a zillion photos and show you.

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

Since I am hosting my first Thanksgiving ever this Thursday I decided that the bathroom had to be painted before then. A fresh coat of pain goes a looooooooooong way. But before I could paint I had to strip the really atrocious yellow-gold wallpaper. Halfway in I learned that the ugly wallpaper covers another layer of… you totally guessed it. Ugly wallpaper.

To that point it was still manageable, you know? Elbow grease and a couple hours.


The bottom layer of wallpaper started to fade into the wall. I was not really understanding what I was looking at.

But after a minute I realized it was mud — like drywall mud. I kept going and found a huge wall patch. Instead of making the repair correctly, the winners that did the work just spread the mud right over the bottom layer of wallpaper, and then covered it with the top layer of ugly wallpaper. Because no one was ever going to want to change that, right?

The moral of the story is that now my bathroom looks like a war zone. There is exposed wall here and yellow wallpaper there. There are holes that we uncovered and now have to fix. There is an opening in the wall the size of a door because… they covered up a door. There’s dust and drywall and a gimantico mess.

And all I was trying to do was paint the bathroom.

White Chicken Chili Recipe

So yeah. Fuss-free food is what we are looking at for the next two days.

Fortunately this Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili recipe is about as fuss-free as you can get. It’s a toss everything in and go kinda recipe. You’ll come back and shred the chicken before serving, but besides that there’s basically no work.

This is also a slow cooker recipe that can happen fast. Sometimes I forget to start my crock pot in the morning. I’ll remember around 3 that I wanted to use it to get the dinner ordeal off my plate, and for lots of recipes that’s not enough time. But this recipe can be ready to rock in just 2 hours. You can also take as long as 8 hours to cook it – and obviously any of the intervals in between.

It’s simple! Be sure to check the recipe notes for adjustments based on the cook time you need.

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Recipe
Yield: serves 6

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

A simple, no-fuss, Slow Cooker Chicken Chili recipe! Just toss everything in and go! This can also be ready in as little as 2 hours, or as many as 8. Be sure to check recipe notes for adjustments according to the cook time you need.


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, diced (de-seed the peppers for less heat; 1 pepper for mild, 2 for medium)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast **See Note**
  • 2 (4.5 ounce) cans chopped green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 (15 ounce ) cans navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, and fresh chopped cilantro to garnish


  1. Place the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the chicken breast on top. Pour the cans of green chiles over the top. Add the seasoning and then pour in the broth. Cover and cook on high for 3 1/2 hours (see notes for cook time recommendations).
  2. Remove the lid and use two forks to thoroughly shred the chicken. Add the beans and re-cover.
  3. Cook on high for an additional 30 minutes.
  4. Serve and garnish with the cheese, tomatoes, and cilantro


1. For a faster cook time (as little as 2 hours) use boneless chicken breast tenders OR slice the breast into 1 1/2" strips and then cook on high. For a 4 hour cook time, leave the breasts whole and cook on high. For 6 - 8 hours, leave the breasts whole and cook on low.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 877mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 10gSugar: 2gProtein: 33g


Kim Honeycutt

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

I love White Chicken Chili! I keep trying different recipes as I find them. This one sounds like one I'll be trying! Thanks! Pinning it!

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

This recipe is great because you can just throw it all in and go. Thanks for reading Kim!

Carole from Carole's Chatter

Thursday 27th of November 2014

Hi Heather, great dish! How about adding it to the Food on Friday: Chicken collection over at Carole's Chatter? Cheers

Choc Chip Uru

Wednesday 26th of November 2014

What a delicious dish this is, the chilli looks so rich :D

Cheers Choc Chip Uru

Karen @ The Food Charlatan

Wednesday 26th of November 2014

Oh my gosh!! Bathroom wallpaper from heck!! I'm sure this is just what you wanted to be doing right before you have company. Stressing about your bathroom walls. I hope you get it worked out Heather!! Or worked off, rather, lol. I'm glad you at least have some amazing sounding comfort soup to cheer you up. Happy Thanksgiving!

Peggy Campbell

Tuesday 25th of November 2014

What a great day for this dish. Looks delicious. Need to get the beans to make this happen!

Heather Tullos

Wednesday 26th of November 2014

Yes! Do it. The little navy beans were a fun change up for me :)

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