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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Cozy fall slow-cooked food! Is there anything better on a cool fall night than coming home and dinner is ready? The house smells good and you feel good knowing that there are just a few quick steps before dinner is on the table. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili – doesn’t that sound perfect to come home to? White chicken chili is a slightly different than traditional beef chili and is a great dish to switch things up at dinner. This chicken chili has no oil in it or added fat, so it’s pretty healthy as well as delicious!

I had meetings the day I was planning on making this, so I did all the prep the night before. In the morning, I could just dump everything in the slow cooker on the way out the door. I’ve given directions for make-ahead, as well as the same-day version. While this looks like a long list of ingredients, you probably have most of them already in your pantry.

This “Dinner While You Work” recipe is modified from a recipe that I saw on Tasting Table. This is a recipe you will want to PIN; it was a huge favourite with TravelFoodCool tasters!

Looking for more Slow Cooker and Dinner While You Work recipes? Check out some of the past recipes here. Slow cooker goodness. YUM! YUM! YUM!

Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: 6+ hours; Serves: 6 – 8 people

What you need:

  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or breasts)
  • 1 tbsp chipotle powder (you can also use chili powder)
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Mexican oregano (or plain oregano)
  • 2 – 19 oz (540 ml) cans of white kidney (cannellini) beans, drained (not rinsed)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 medium jalapeños, finely chopped (spice wimps, this is not spicy; if you want it hotter, add  1 -2 more jalapeños or extra hot sauce at the end)
  • 1 – 12 oz (341 ml) can of corn, drained
  • 2 – 127 ml cans green chilies
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • lime wedges, diced avocado, sour cream, grated cheese, pickled onions, cilantro, pickled jalapeños (garnish)

What you do (make ahead version):

  • Mix together the chipotle powder, cumin, oregano, coriander and salt
Mix together the chipotle powder, cumin, oregano, coriander and salt
  • Rub chicken thighs (breasts) with the spice mix
  • cover and place in fridge
Add the spice to the chicken thighs (or breasts)
Rub the spice on all sides, cover and put in fridge
  • In a large ziplock bag, add one can of the drained cannellini beans, seal bag and crush (you can use a rolling pin or the other can of beans)
Add one can of drained beans to a ziplock bag, seal bag
Crush with a rolling pin, or the other can
Mashed beans
  • Add the second drained can of cannellini beans to the bag, corn, green chilis, onions, garlic, jalapeños and ground pepper and place in fridge
Add the second drained can of cannellini beans to the bag, corn, green chilis, onions, garlic, jalapeños and ground pepper
Chicken, beans and stock ready to go for the next day
  • The next morning, put the chicken in your slow cooker
Chicken in the slow cooker
  • Add the contents of the beans/corn/chilies etc bag to the slow cooker
Add the contents of the beans/corn/chilies etc. bag to the slow cooker

What you do (same day version):

  • Mix together the chipotle powder, cumin, oregano, coriander and salt
  • Rub chicken thighs (breasts) with the spice mix
  • Add one can of the cannellini beans to your slow cooker and then mash with a potato masher
  • Add the spiced, rubbed chicken
  • Add the second drained can of cannellini beans to the slow cooker
  • Add the corn, green chilis, onions, garlic, jalapeños and ground pepper

What you do (both versions):

  • at this point, beans, chicken, corn, green chilies, onions, garlic, jalapeños and ground pepper are all in the slow cooker

  • Add the chicken stock
Add the chicken stock and stir
  • Stir
  • Cook on low for 6+ hours (I cooked mine for 8 hours)
  • Remove the chicken, place in a large bowl and shred
Remove the chicken to a bowl
Shred (I used two forks)
  • Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker
Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker
  • Stir
  • Stir in lime juice
Add the lime juice and stir
  • Adjust salt and pepper to taste
Serve
  • Serve
Garnishes: shredded cheese, sour cream, pickled onions, pickled jalapeños and diced avocado
  • Garnish with diced avocado, sour cream, grated cheese, pickled onions, lime wedges, pickled jalapeños, extra hot sauce, cilantro and buns
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
  • Enjoy!

    Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
    Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
  • White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

  • Cold weather comfort food

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

  • Perfect for cold days

  • Dinner while you work!

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

NOTE: If you can wait until the next day, this Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili gets thicker and tastes even better! Office lunch leftovers (guess who was popular at work the next day)!

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
Lunch leftovers!

 



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