Hearty Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili

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If you’re looking for a delicious and easy meal to warm you up on a chilly day, this Hearty Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili is just what you need.

Packed with tender chicken, creamy white beans, and flavorful spices, this comforting dish will satisfy your taste buds and keep you cozy.

The best part? It’s incredibly simple to make in your trusty crockpot, allowing you to set it and forget it while the flavors meld together.

One of the great things about this White Bean Chicken Chili recipe is that it is naturally gluten-free, making it a fantastic option for individuals with gluten sensitivities or those following a gluten-free diet.

So, if you are looking for the perfect recipe to gather your loved ones around the table for a cozy family dinner, then get ready to indulge in a bowl of pure comfort with this delightful slow cooker recipe.

Warm up with a bowl of comforting Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili! This easy-to-make recipe combines tender chicken, creamy white beans, and aromatic spices for a flavorful and satisfying meal. Perfect for chilly days and family dinners. Pair it with buttery cornbread for a match made in comfort food heaven. Try it today and indulge in the delicious flavors that will leave you craving more. Pin it now.

The BEST crockpot white bean chili chicken

With just a few simple steps, your crockpot can transform a handful of ingredients into a flavorful and satisfying White Bean Chicken Chili.

This hearty dish is perfect for those busy days when you want a comforting meal waiting for you at the end of a long day.

Set it in the morning, and by dinnertime, you’ll have a warm and delicious chili ready to be enjoyed.

Embrace the convenience and taste of slow-cooked goodness with this easy crockpot recipe.

What you’ll need for this easy recipe

(See the recipe card below for full ingredient list with quantities & instructions)

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • White beans
  • Olive oil
  • Heavy cream
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Diced green chilies
  • Chicken broth
  • Ground cumin
  • Dried oregano
  • Chili powder
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional, for serving)
  • Fresh cilantro (for garnish)
White Bean Chicken Chili, featuring tender chicken, creamy white beans, and aromatic spices, topped with a generous sprinkling of melted cheese.

How to make white been chicken chili in the crockpot

  1. Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts at the bottom of your crockpot. You can leave them whole or cut them into smaller pieces for quicker cooking.
  2. Add drained and rinsed white beans (such as cannellini or Great Northern) to the crockpot.
  3. Dice an onion and mince garlic cloves. Add them to the crockpot.
  4. Add diced green chilies, chicken broth, ground cumin, dried oregano, chili powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (if desired) to the crockpot.
  5. Stir all the ingredients together to ensure they are well combined.
  6. Cover the crockpot with its lid and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  7. Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the crockpot and shred it using two forks.
  8. Return the shredded chicken to the crockpot and give everything a good stir.
  9. Taste the chili and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  10. Allow the chili to cook for an additional 30 minutes on low heat to allow the flavors to meld together.
  11. Serve the White Bean Chicken Chili hot, garnished with a dollop of sour cream (if desired) and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

Serve this hearty Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili alongside freshly baked, golden-brown, homemade cornbread that’s moist, crumbly, and oh-so-buttery.

The savory and creamy chili paired with the warm and buttery melt-in-your-mouth cornbread creates a match made in comfort food heaven.

A comforting and satisfying meal that will have your taste buds dancing with delight.

Closeup photo A bowl filled with steaming Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili topped with a dollop of sour cream and garnished with fresh cheese.

Notes and tips for the best chili

Thickening the Chili: If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can either use a potato masher to mash some of the beans, or blend a portion of the chili using an immersion blender. This will help thicken the chili and give it a creamier texture.

Meal Prep: This recipe is perfect for meal prepping. Prepare a batch of White Bean Chicken Chili in advance and portion it into individual containers for easy grab-and-go lunches or dinners throughout the week.

Can I use a different type of bean?

Absolutely! While the recipe suggests cannellini or Great Northern beans, you can certainly experiment with other types of white beans like navy beans or even pinto beans. The choice of bean can slightly alter the texture and flavor, but it will still be delicious.

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

Yes, you can use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts in this recipe. Chicken thighs will add a slightly different flavor and tend to be more moist and tender. Adjust the cooking time accordingly as chicken thighs may require a little more time to cook through.

Can I make this recipe on the stovetop instead of using a crockpot?

Definitely! While the crockpot allows for convenient slow cooking, you can also make this White Bean Chicken Chili on the stovetop. Simply follow my white bean chicken chili cooked on the stovetop recipe for a delicious and easy stovetop version.

Can I freeze the leftovers?

Absolutely! This White Bean Chicken Chili freezes well. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to airtight containers or freezer bags. Label and date the containers, then store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

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A bowl filled with steaming Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili topped with a dollop of sour cream and garnished with fresh cheese.
Yield: 8 servings

The Best Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Experience the irresistible flavors of this Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili. Tender chicken, creamy white beans, and aromatic spices combine to create a comforting delight. Warm your soul and satisfy your cravings with every spoonful. Try this flavorful family recipe today and treat your taste buds to a truly delicious experience.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) white beans (such as cannellini or Great Northern), drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional, for serving)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts at the bottom of your crockpot. You can leave them whole or cut them into smaller pieces for quicker cooking.
  2. Add drained and rinsed white beans (such as cannellini or Great Northern) to the crockpot.
  3. Dice an onion and mince garlic cloves. Add them to the crockpot.
  4. Add diced green chilies, chicken broth, ground cumin, dried oregano, chili powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (if desired) to the crockpot.
  5. Stir all the ingredients together to ensure they are well combined.
  6. Cover the crockpot with its lid and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  7. Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the crockpot and shred it using two forks.
  8. Return the shredded chicken to the crockpot and give everything a good stir.
  9. Taste the chili and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  10. Allow the chili to cook for an additional 30 minutes on low heat to allow the flavors to meld together.
  11. Serve the White Bean Chicken Chili hot, garnished with a dollop of sour cream (if desired) and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

Notes

Thickening the Chili: If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can either use a potato masher to mash some of the beans, or blend a portion of the chili using an immersion blender. This will help thicken the chili and give it a creamier texture.

Meal Prep: This recipe is perfect for meal prepping. Prepare a batch of White Bean Chicken Chili in advance and portion it into individual containers for easy grab-and-go lunches or dinners throughout the week.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 259Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 82mgSodium 655mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 3gSugar 7gProtein 31g

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