Easy White Bean Chicken Chili Crockpot Recipe

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This easy white bean chicken chili crockpot recipe is sure to be one of your favorites!

I just love a good soup, stew or chili, especially during the cold weather months.

There is just something comforting about a bowl of hot soup or chili on a cold night served with your favorite toppings.

small cast iron skillet filled with white bean chicken chili

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ingredients for white bean chicken chili

ingredients for white bean chicken chili

1 pound boneless chicken breasts
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cans great northern white beans (drained)
1 can white whole kernel corn (drained)
small can green chilis (I use mild green chiles)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
8 ounces chicken broth
1 – 12 ounce beer
1 – 8 ounce block cream cheese
1/4 cup half & half

directions for white bean chicken chili

Place chicken breasts in bottom of crock pot.

Mix salt, pepper, chili powder and ground cumin together in a small bowl, then sprinkle over chicken breasts.

Add chopped onion, drained canned beans, drained white corn, and green chilies to crockpot.

Next, add chicken stock and beer to the crockpot.

Cover and cook on medium for 5-6 hours or until chicken is done and tender.

Remove cooked chicken from crockpot and shred using 2 forks.

Add shredded chicken back to crock pot.

Finally, add 8 ounce cream cheese and half & half or heavy cream.

Let cook another 20-30 minutes or until cheese has completely melted.

small cast iron skillet filled with white bean chicken chili
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Easy White Bean Chicken Chili Crockpot Recipe

This creamy and easy white bean chicken chili crockpot recipe is sure to become one of your family favorites.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword soup, white chili, chicken chili, creamy soup, white chicken chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 6
Cost 10

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans great northern white beans (drained)
  • 1 can white whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 small can chopped green chilis
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 ounces chicken broth
  • 12 ounce beer
  • 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup half & half

Instructions

  • Place chicken breasts in bottom of crock pot.
  • Mix salt, pepper, chili powder and ground cumin together in a small bowl, then sprinkle over chicken breasts.
  • Add chopped onion, drained canned beans, drained white corn, and green chilies to crockpot.
  • Next, add chicken stock and beer to the crockpot.
  • Cover and cook on medium for 5-6 hours or until chicken is done and tender.
  • Remove cooked chicken from crockpot and shred using 2 forks.
  • Add shredded chicken back to crockpot.
  • Finally, add 8 ounces cream cheese and half & half.
  • Let cook another 20-30 minutes or until cheese has completely melted.

Notes

Serve with tortilla chips or corn bread. 
Great toppings to use are sour cream, Monterrey Jack cheese, chopped green onions, diced avocados and lime wedges.
Using beer as part of the liquid adds a richer flavor, but you can certainly use all chicken broth if you prefer.
If you prefer a spicy white chicken chili, you can add a dash of cayenne and use hot green chilis.

topping and side ideas for white chili

A few of my favorite ways to enjoy this white chicken chili is with tortilla chips, or white rice.

Also, cornbread muffins are a great option. I like to serve mine with mini cornbread muffins.

Some great toppings are sour cream, chopped green onion stems, Monterrey Jack cheese, diced avocados, chopped fresh cilantro, jalapeno pepper slices or lime wedges.

frequently asked questions

What is white chicken chili?
White chili is made with white beans, chicken, chicken broth and typically cream cheese or cream.

How long with white chili last in the refrigerator?
You can store the chili in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Of course, it won’t last that long though!

Can you freeze white chicken chili?
Yes, you can freeze white chili. After the chili cools, place it in a freezer-safe container or heavy duty freezer safe bags. You can store for up to 3 months in the freezer.

tips and variations for white chicken chili

Using beer as part of the liquid adds a richer flavor to your chili, but you can certainly use only chicken broth, if you prefer.

If you are using beer, you can use any kind you like. I am not really a beer drinker, so I just use whatever my husband may have in the fridge. Typically, I use a Corona or a Shiner Bock.

If you prefer a spicy soup, use hot green chilies and add a dash of cayenne pepper to your seasoning mixture. You can also use pepper jack cheese as a topping.

Cannellini beans can be substituted for white northern beans.

You can use regular whole kernel corn instead of white corn.

If you prefer a less chunky soup, you can remove some of the beans and corn and use an immersion blender to blend some of the vegetables, then add liquid back to the crockpot.

If you need a quick meal and don’t have time to use the slow cooker all day, you can purchase a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and cook the chili in a large pot on the stove. Just remove chicken from the bones, chop the chicken then add all other ingredients like recipe above.

small cast iron skillet filled with white bean chicken chili

easy crockpot white chicken chili

This flavorful white chicken chili is the perfect one pot meal! The creamy white beans, green chilis, cream cheese and beer broth make a great alternative to traditional chili.

white bean chicken chili in mason jar with bag of mini cornbread muffins

This is such a great recipe to take to a friend or neighbor. I like to use mason jars, fill with soup, tie a ribbon and add a tag.

Add some mini cornbread muffins, and a couple of toppings. It’s a great way to make a meal to take to someone in need.

I hope this easy white bean chicken chili crockpot recipe becomes a family favorite at your home too!

blessings,

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14 Comments

  1. Michele, This looks amazing! I love your idea of giving it away in mason jars with muffins! So sweet! Pinned to make it later this week!

    1. Oh, good! I hope you love it Amy!!

  2. This sounds delicious! I would love to share this on my weekly newsletter. Hugs to you.

    1. Oh, thanks so much Renae! I really appreciate that.

  3. I love a good white chicken chili, Michele and your recipe sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it!

  4. Anne | Simply2Moms says:

    You had me at adding Corona to the recipe! This looks amazing and I can’t wait to give it a try!

  5. Michele,
    I love this recipe and can’t wait to try. Crock pot recipes are the best.

    1. They really are! I hope you enjoy it too Rachel!

  6. Michele I love a good white bean chili and don’t make it enough! I can’t wait to make your recipe!

    1. I hope you love it too, Stacy!

  7. This sounds amazing! I think I’ll try it next week when we have our Texas winter blast! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I hope you enjoy it Susan! Have a great week and stay warm!

    1. Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! We love it to, and I love that you can make it in a crockpot. Thanks so much for letting me know.

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