Cozy, Easy, Delicious White Bean Chicken Chili

The perfect cuddle up kind of chili. The warm spices, fresh cilantro and lime make this a go-to one pot meal.

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White Bean Chicken Chili

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When the temperatures drop, I start craving chili.

I grew up eating chili from a can and loved it. I didn’t know any better ❤️. My dad would crush up saltine crackers and sprinkle them in the chili then top it with cheddar cheese; nothing made me happier.

As I grew up my chili love grew and I learned the power of the crockpot for cooking chili. There’s just something about that all-day cooked flavors that come out of that ceramic bowl!

A while back, my husband made me White Bean Chicken Chili.


If something can be light and savory at the same time, this chili is it.

I know, I know, there’s a ton of debate whether anything with beans or chicken is a chili. Whatever you want to call this, know that it is easy, delicious and a fast favorite.

The ingredients you’ll need are listed below:

  • 2 lbs. of chicken — we use 1 lb. chicken breast and 1 lb. of skinless, boneless chicken thighs.
  • 4 cups of good chicken broth. If you don’t have homemade, Better than Boullion is a great substitute.
  • 1 cup of diced carrots
  • 3 stalks of diced celery
  • 1/2 cup of diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup of diced white or yellow onion
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 tsp. of ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. of dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 oz. of canned diced green chilis — with the water
  • 1 can of White Beans — navy or cannellini

Serve it with fresh cilantro, lime wedges, pickled or fresh jalapenos, sour cream, shredded Monterey jack cheese, your favorite hot sauce and fresh corn tortilla chips.

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Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili?

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Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili

  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes


This crockpot chili is easy and delicious. All the warming flavors of chili and the added deliciousness of chicken and a light cream base.


  • 2 lbs. Chicken (We use 1 lb. chicken breast and 1 lb. of skinless, boneless chicken thighs.)
  • 4 cups Good Chicken Broth (If you don’t have homemade, Better than Boullion is a great substitute.)
  • 1 cup Diced Carrots
  • 3 stalks Diced Celery
  • ½ cup Diced Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 cup Diced white or yellow onion
  • 1 cup Fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Pepper
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 ½ tsp. Ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. Ground Coriander
  • ½ tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 8 oz Canned, diced Green Chilis
  • 1 15 oz can White Beans (Navy or Cannellini)

Serve it with your favorite toppings — here are a few of mine:

  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Lime Wedges
  • Pickled or Fresh Jalepeños
  • Sour Cream
  • Hot Sauce, like Tapitio or Chilula
  • Shredded Cheese, like Monterey Jack
  • Corn tortilla chips


  1. 1. Prep all your veggies.
  2. 2. Add the chicken, chicken stock, spices, and all of the veggies except the frozen corn. [Don't add the beans either, that happens later.]
    Stir everything together.
  3. 3. Set your timer on low for 8 hours or high for 6.
  4. 4. Before you add the beans and corn, pull the chicken out and chop it or shred it. We like ours shredded.
  5. 5. During the last 45 minutes, add in the corn and white beans.


Want a Creamy Chili?

If you want your chili to be thicker and creamier, you can do the following:

About 15 minutes before you’re ready to serve the chili, grab a saucepan and add to it 3 tbsp. of butter and melt over medium heat.

Whisk in 3 tbsp. of AP flour and cook down for about 4 minutes.

Add 3/4 cup of milk and whisk until smooth and creamy.

It should thicken up. Once thickened, pour the mixture into your chili and mix well.

Let warm together for about 10 minutes before serving.

This recipe was inspired by kitchn’s Slow Cooker Chicken Chili.

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Category: Crockpot, Dinner, Main Course
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican / American

Keywords: chicken salad, chili, Crockpot, soups

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