Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 10 minutes

This hearty, slow cooker white chicken chili combines chicken, white beans, green chilis and all of your favorite Mexican spices into a delicious, protein-packed dinner – perfect for busy weeknights.

Garnishing white chicken chili with lime juice.

I love to have at least one slow cooker recipe on my meal plan for the week. Whether I have a busy day or even a slow day honestly, it’s so easy to combine flavorful and healthy ingredients and let it cook throughout the day. I use my slow cooker so often, I actually have two of them on hand in case one is dirty. Easy, delicious, and made with the traditional flavors my family loves, they don’t even realize these recipes are good for them, too! My Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is a favorite year round, but especially come the fall when the weather starts to chill.


  • Chicken breast: Leftover shredded chicken, like a rotisserie chicken, works great! But you can also use frozen or thawed chicken breasts and shred them once they’re cooked.
  • Chicken broth: Makes for a flavorful and robust base for the chili.
  • Onion: A white onion adds mild onion flavor without over powering the dish.
  • Beans: You can use either great northern beans or cannellini beans as the white bean in this chili.
  • Salsa verde: A quick way to add a ton of flavor to the chili is to use store-bought salsa verde.
  • Green chiles: Adds great peppery flavor without making the chili spicy.
  • Cumin: Adds warm, earthy, spice to the chili.
  • Smoked paprika: I like to use smoked paprika to the added smoky, sweet flavor it adds.
  • Oregano: Dried oregano adds a bit of earthy, woodsy flavor.
  • Cayenne: Gives the chili the much needed kick of heat!

How to Make Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Adding chiles to soup

Start your slow cooker white chicken chili by adding the diced onion, shredded chicken, salsa verde, and green chiles to the bowl of your slow cooker.

Adding chicken broth to chili

Next add your chicken stock or broth to the pot.

adding beans to crockpot

Pour in your drained and rinsed white beans.

Adding cumin to soup

Then add the cumin, cayenne, and smoked paprika.

Seasoning chili

Along with the dried oregano and some salt and pepper to taste.

Stirring chili together

Stir everything together until evenly combined, then put on the lid and let cook on low for 8 hours.

Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

Once cooked, serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy your Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili!

Easy Substitutions

  • Swap the chicken. If you’re looking for a way to use up any leftover turkey, you could easily make this a turkey chili instead!
  • Add more veggies. Try tossing in some frozen corn the last ten minutes, try adding some chopped bell peppers, or mix in additional types of beans.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What toppings should I put on my white chicken chili?

Feel free to experiment with toppings! A few of my favorites include: shredded cheese, sliced avocado, jalapeños, plain yogurt or sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, lime juice, and fresh cilantro.

What do I do if my chili is too watery?

You might not have enough beans! Beans are great in chili because they release starch that helps to thicken the stew. Alternatively, you could stir in a small scoop of cornstarch or flour.

Can you freeze chili?

It lasts for up to five days in the refrigerator and for up to 3 months in the freezer. To save time, be sure to keep leftovers stored in airtight containers, and pop them in the microwave as needed. Even better, double the recipe and place it in the freezer for those cold nights when you need an easy meal.

Slow cooker white chicken chili and tortilla chips.

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Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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This easy slow cooker chili combines chicken, white beans, diced green chilis, and all of your favorite Mexican spices into a delicious, protein-packed dinner – perfect for busy weeknights.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 4 hours
TOTAL: 4 hours 10 minutes



  • 12 ounces shredded chicken breast (such as rotisserie)
  • 6 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 14-ounce cans white beans (drained and rinsed )
  • 16 ounces salsa verde
  • 2 4-ounce cans chopped green chiles
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • avocado, cilantro, scallions, plain yogurt, lime wedges (optional toppings)


  • Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and heat on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.
  • Serve with optional toppings.


Will last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Calories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 30.7gProtein: 20.6gFat: 1.9gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 1189mgFiber: 8.6gSugar: 5.4g

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53 responses to “Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili”

  1. Amy Maslowski Avatar
    Amy Maslowski

    Am I remembering that this recipe used to have fire roasted tomatoes. That was so yummy

  2. Liz Avatar

    Hi Liz,

    Still not seeing the fire-roasted tomatoes in the ingredients list – should it be a 14 oz can? Thanks!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Hi Liz ! Sorry about that, I removed them from the new recipe replacing with diced green chilis but you can add them. This isnt a recipe you can mess up. :) Make it your own!

      1. Elizabeth Avatar

        Hi Liz,
        This has been our favorite chicken chili recipe ever since I discovered it years ago. Thank you for your wonderful, delicious creation!
        With much appreciation

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          I’m so happy you enjoy it Liz!!!

  3. Renelle Roy Avatar
    Renelle Roy

    I’ve made this recipe several times, in crock pot as well as on stove top. soooo delicious! thanks

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So happy to hear Renelle!

  4. MJ Joseph Avatar
    MJ Joseph

    I will never get over clicking on a link from Today on Facebook & being directed to one of your recipes (that I will be making tonight!). So fun!! ;)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      No way!! That’s so awesome. :) Thank you friend!!!

  5. gaby Avatar

    So the chicken has to be cooked and shredded ahead of time? Or can it be raw?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Preferably cooked like a rotisserie or roasted chicken.

  6. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext Avatar
    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    This looks amazing! Love the flavours, so delicious!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much!! :)

      1. Jackie Finkelstain Avatar
        Jackie Finkelstain

        Greetings from Perú – South America!!!
        I can´t wait till winter time to taste this delicious dish.

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Hi I’m Liz!

Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.