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Crockpot White Chicken Chili

This white chicken chili is the perfect recipe for chilly evenings!

It’s such a nice change from traditional chili, too. After all, we don’t always want heavy beans and beef.

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Scrumptious and Satisfying White Chicken Chili with Cream and Herbs

Just yesterday, I made a batch of chili using ground turkey, sweet potatoes, and lots of spice.

But I’m already planning my next dish, and it’s this white chicken chili!

This lightened-up bowl of comfort food is a welcome change from dark chilis and heavy stews.

And anything you can throw in the slow cooker and forget about is a winner in my book!

Easy Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

As much as I love a hearty beef stew, even in the colder months, I love a good chicken dish. 

Filled with chicken, beans, corn, and peppers, this chili doesn’t disappoint. 

The combination of chicken stock and chicken soup maximizes the flavor and adds a creamy sauce that would be delicious on its own. 

But the inclusion of beans, taco seasoning, and green chilis elevates what could be a simple chicken chowder into something spicy and filling. 

Once everything is mixed into the slow cooker, it can be left to simmer all day until the chicken is fork-tender and packed with flavor. 

Serve with cornbread and tortilla chips, and watch as the bowls get licked clean!

White Chicken Chili Ingredients - Boneless Chicken Breast, Beans, White Corn, Chicken Broth, Green Chiles, Taco Seasoning, Sour Cream and Cheese


The ingredients in this recipe are used to give it that lovely pale coloring, but you can add to it any way you like! I think some chunks of pumpkin or extra peppers would be great!

  • Boneless chicken breast – Using boneless chicken will allow you to shred it right in the pot without having to worry about bones. Even chicken breast, which is so easy to dry out, should be juicy after cooking in the sauce.
  • Great Northern beans – You can use any white bean in this recipe.
  • White corn – For that all-white finish, white corn adds flavor and keeps things pale. But using regular corn would add a little color, which can be nice, too. You can even use frozen corn right from the freezer. 
  • Chicken broth – An obvious choice for chicken chili, the broth will keep the chicken moist and is used in place of tomatoes in regular chili.
  • Cream of chicken soup – Without the soup, your chili will be more of a brothy stew, which will still be delicious! But I prefer the creamy texture you get by adding the soup.
  • Green chiles –  The green pairs much better with the white chili. Poblano peppers are especially good for this kind of dish.
  • Taco seasoning – Using a taco seasoning packet is a terrific little cheat when you’re in a hurry. Though making your own gives you the chance to play with the flavors, adding spice if you prefer.
  • Sour cream – This will be added right at the end, in the same way you might put a dollop on regular chili. 
  • Pepper Jack cheese – A little extra spice never hurt anyone!
Warm Chicken Chili with Sour Cream and Herbs in a Bowl

Tips for Making Chili

This recipe uses a slow cooker. You can throw everything in the pot and happily walk away, knowing your dinner will be ready in a few hours. 

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  • You can also cook this on the stovetop in a Dutch oven or heavy bottom pan. Just be sure to keep the heat low and stir every so often.
  • If you’re in a hurry, you could always pre-cook the chicken and add it to the mix, cooking on the stove for around 10 to 15 minutes.
  • For a dairy-free chili, try adding some coconut cream instead of the chicken soup, and omit the sour cream and cheese. 
  • Roasting the green peppers before adding them in will add a deeper flavor.
  • Use boneless chicken thighs if you prefer dark meat. You can shorten the cooking time by an hour if you do. 
  • For an extra hearty, bulked out version, add in as many additional veggies as you like. As mentioned before, I love pumpkin or sweet potato in my chilis. 
  • For a thicker chili, try adding cornmeal.
  • Got a lot of turkey leftover from the holidays? This is the perfect place to use it all up! 
  • This chili will hold great for four to five days in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • If freezing it for later, use a freezer bag and eat it within three months. 

Can I Use Rotisserie Chicken?

Rotisserie chicken is one of my favorite things to have in the house. It’s delicious, moist, and a lifesaver when you don’t have time to cook.

I like to use rotisserie chicken in a lot of dishes, and this recipe is no exception. 

When you bring your chicken home, let it cool slightly before breaking everything down.

Doing this while the bird is still warm will make it so much easier and hassle-free when you need it. 

When the time comes, pull out the amount you need, chop it up and add it to the pot.

As mentioned above, if using pre-cooked chicken, you can make this white chicken chili on the stovetop.

Get everything going and add the chicken to warm through. Since you’re not cooking it, your chili will be ready to go in around 15-20 minutes.

Chicken Chili with Herbs and Sour Cream

Toppings for White Chicken Chili

With a recipe as hands-off as this, I like to use that extra time to make a special side that I usually wouldn’t have time to make. 

And chili toppings can be varied and plentiful!

So if  you’re wondering what to serve with chicken chili, try one of these:

  • Cheddar and jalapeno cornbread – You can make this as a side, or add the batter to the top of the chili for the last 30 minutes of cooking.
  • These crunchy jalapeno rings would make an excellent spicy addition.
  • I tend to leave cilantro out of my food, but garnishing with a few sprigs for those who like it would look nice. 
  • A few slices of avocado would help to offset any spice and add some freshness. 
  • It might not be a traditional addition, but isn’t everything made better with bacon bits?
  • Instead of just sour cream, I like to stir in lime juice for a citrus note with all that creamy chicken. 

Crockpot White Chicken Chili



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This white chicken chili is the perfect recipe for chilly evenings! Using the slow cooker, it comes out perfect and delicious every single time.


  • 1 1/4 pounds 1 1/4 skinless, boneless chicken breast

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans great Northern beans

  • 1 (15 ounce) can white corn

  • 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth

  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of chicken soup

  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers

  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 sour cream

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 shredded pepper Jack cheese, or to taste


  • Layer the beans and corn on the bottom of the slow cooker pot.
  • Place the chicken on top of the beans and corn.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the chicken broth, chicken soup, green chile peppers, and taco seasoning.
  • Pour the broth mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker pot.
  • Put the lid on and cook on low for eight to ten hours. Check the chicken’s internal temperature after eight hours (it should be over 165 degrees when cooked).
  • When the chicken is cooked, stir in the sour cream and shredded cheese, leaving the cheese to melt for three to five minutes.
  • Serve in a bowl with a big piece of cornbread.
White Chicken Chili

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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