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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Let the slow cooker do all the hard work with this easy, satisfying White Chicken Chili recipe.Β 

Warm up with this Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili!

I’ve been sick this whole week, so all I’ve wanted to eat is soup and chocolate fudge snack packs.

Yes, that’s right. I’ve been craving those unrefrigerated, flimsy plastic containers of smooth chocolatey goodness all week. Something about being sick makes me long for the comfort foods of childhood. On Wednesday when I was at my worst, I called the Mr. and asked him to make a special trip on his way home just to pick up some snack packs and a can of soup. Licking the chocolate off that plastic lid has some serious healing powers.

Fortunately, the following day I was able to muster up the strength to make a giant crockpot full of this Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili.

Warm, comforting Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili--an easy weeknight meal!

Wanna know something guys? Even if you’re sick, can barely get out of bed, and weary beyond belief, you have the strength to make this chili.

It is ridiculously easy.

Here’s what you do.

Drag your nasty, unshowered, PJ-clad self to the kitchen. Make your husband cut up a few vegetables. Dump chicken breasts, cut vegetables, beans, broth, and spices in the crockpot. Set to low.

Make yourself some tea, take a shot of Nyquil, then collapse on the couch and watch reruns of Boy Meets World for 8 hours in between bouts of fitful, nose-drippy sleep.

Wake to the smell of chicken soup.

Stumble, all zombie like, to the crockpot. Open the lid and take a deep breath in. You’re already feeling better, aren’t you?

Scoop out a bowl, then take a bite. Feel the rich, warm, broth coat your scratchy throat. Keep slurping. Get all warm and fuzzy inside. Feel better.

It’s magic. This White Chicken Chili is magic.

This soup will warm you up on the coldest, roughest days. It’s got everything you need for a complete meal, plus tons of great texture from all the different veggies and beans. This soup has a mild heat–the kind that will open up your sinus passages, not the kind that will make you need to drink a gallon of milk.

Cozy up with a bowl of this Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili!

I’ve taken a liking to putting coriander in my white chicken chili rather than the more traditional cumin. It adds a similar depth, but the flavor is just enough different to make people wonder what your secret is. If you don’t have coriander on hand, cumin makes a fine substitute.

However, there is one spice I have to recommend you add to your cupboards–smoked paprika. I’ve used the spice in several other recipes on the blog (see this super simple Vegan Lentil Soup, The Best Veggie Burgers Ever, and this Slow Cooker Sweet and Smoky Pulled Pork), and I simply love it. It adds the best subtle smokiness to meats, soups, even eggs. I use it almost exclusively now instead of regular paprika. (Sorry regular paprika!)

The smoky warmth of this dish is just right for a fall evening when you begin to crave something a little heartier. It’s a great dish for busy weeknights when the days are shorter, kids are starting sports practice, and the nights call for a sweatshirt. This chili wants to make your life easier (and tastier!)

Serve it up with a dollop of sour cream, smattering of green onions, and plenty of bread for dipping. The whole family will thank you.

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili #SundaySupper

Prep Time 15 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 8 hoursCook Time
Total Time 8 hrs 15 mins Total Time
Yields 6


  • 1.5 lbs. chicken breast
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can diced green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can pinto beans, undrained
  • 32 ounces low sodium chicken broth
  • Diced green onions (for serving)
  • Sour cream (for serving)


  1. Place all the chopped vegetables at the bottom of the crockpot and the chicken on top. Sprinkle with garlic and remaining spices, add can of green chilies and pintos, then pour chicken broth over all. Cook on low for 6-8 hours then remove chicken and shred with a fork. Return to crockpot and serve soup hot with diced green onions and sour cream.


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  • Marjory @ Dinner-Mom September 22, 2013, 8:17 AM

    Looks yummy (love your pictures!) So nice that you can make this in the slow cooker – a definitely a time-saver this time of year!

  • Nichole C September 22, 2013, 10:59 AM

    Mmmm, chili is one of my faves! I made a red, beef chili for Fall today πŸ™‚

  • Constance September 22, 2013, 11:09 AM

    Is there anything better than a chicken soup type of dish when you are under the weather? This is perfect! Hope you feel better!

  • Nicole Humphrey Cook September 22, 2013, 11:30 AM

    I love chili, but never had anything like this. Your photos are gorgeous and make me just want to dive right into a bowl. Hope you feel better soon!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 23, 2013, 11:21 AM

      Thanks Nicole! I’m feeling much better. Hopefully that’s all the sickness we’ll have this season.

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen September 22, 2013, 11:40 AM

    This is the bowl to have when you’re feeling sick! It looks gorgeous, and I realize I’ve never had a white chili.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 23, 2013, 11:20 AM

      It’s kind of like a cross between chicken soup and standard chili– a little lighter than regular chili, but heartier than chicken soup, plus with all the warm, smoky spices of chili! It really is the perfect antidote for a cold!

  • Liz September 22, 2013, 5:21 PM

    I can’t have too many ridiculously simple recipes…especially when they are as amazing as your chili!

  • Sarah R September 22, 2013, 8:04 PM

    Its been soooo long since I’ve had a good white chili!

  • Jennifer Drummond September 22, 2013, 9:11 PM

    I am loving your chili! I want a big heaping bowl of it please!!

  • Betsy Cohen September 22, 2013, 10:21 PM

    This looks like the perfect recipe for a Fall evening. I hope you are feeling better!!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 23, 2013, 11:19 AM

      Thanks Betsy. I’m on the mend, thankfully. That cold really knocked me out though. I’m just hoping I got all the winter bugs out of the way early. πŸ™‚

  • Shaina Wizov September 23, 2013, 9:05 AM

    I really want to start using my crockpot more and this recipe sounds perfect!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 23, 2013, 11:18 AM

      It’s a mainstay in our house this time of year. There’s nothing like coming home to dinner already made!

  • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons September 23, 2013, 1:25 PM

    Hehe, this just fuels the fire for an outgoing debate I have with my husband. When we were first dating, I think I asked him about some of his favorite dishes from growing up. He told me that his mom made “white chicken chili.” I always assumed it was a creamy (white!) chili. Years later, we got the recipe from her and made it, it was red! I was so confused and told him I thought it would be white. And he said “well, the chicken is white!” hahaha. We still laugh about it sometimes. Either way, that chili, and your chili (I can only assume) are both delicious, and perfect for fall!

  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife September 23, 2013, 2:48 PM

    Those photos are just beautiful! I love this recipe! Such a wonderful comfort dish!

  • Cindys Recipes September 24, 2013, 5:55 AM

    It is soup season here already. Your chili looks so good, Courtney!

  • Martin Redmond September 24, 2013, 8:52 AM

    i really dig slow cooker food, so I must try this. Thanks for sharing!

  • The Ninja Baker September 25, 2013, 5:25 AM

    I can see how your slow cooker chicken chili would cure any sniffle or sore throat. Looks delicious, Courtney! Do hope you’re feeling better =)

  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere September 25, 2013, 5:02 PM

    We love making chili, but we’ve never made a white chili. Each year we say we will, and never get around to it. This year WILL be different!

  • Nancy September 26, 2013, 8:01 PM

    Awww, I’m sorry to hear you’re sick, Courtney! That’s the worst. Thank God for the healing power of chocolate snack packs (I haven’t eaten one of those since high school!) and easy ass slow cooker chili. I wouldn’t bother cutting up a thing. Throw all of it in the crock pot and just dig at it with a giant spoon when it’s done. Then walk away, crawl back into bed and let someone else clean the dishes!

  • Jamie September 27, 2013, 5:29 PM

    This sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to try it! Check out for more great recipes!

  • Webicurean September 29, 2013, 12:20 PM

    I especially love those recipes where the husband and the slow cooker do the bulk of the work! Hope you’re feeling better now–this chili sounds pretty awesome!

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