Easy Crock Pot White Chicken Chili made with a rotisserie chicken to save time! The slow cooker does all the work for this comfort food chili.
Slow Cooker Crock Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe
Oh, hello, yum! Last week, as we were driving through the snow on our way home from Yellowstone, my brain instantly started thinking about chili, comfort foods, winter foods, and all the goodness I needed to make in the Crock Pot.
What else would you do on an 8-hour drive home but craft new recipes in your head that you can't wait to try? The first recipe I had to share is this Slow Cooker Crockpot White Chicken Chili Recipe!
Thankfully, I had 8+ hours in the car to think of the best White Chicken Chili Recipe we could share with you. I knew I wanted to use a rotisserie chicken and Bush's White Chili Beans since I have been seeing them at Walmart and love that they come pre-spiced and full of flavor, and some spices to make it a bit spicy but not too over the top.
The nice thing about making chilis is deciding how much spice and heat you put into the recipe. If you like it mild, you can go down to a few pinches of spice, or if you want your mouth to be on fire and gasping for breath, you can add it by a heaping teaspoon. It is totally up to you.
I am a mild-flavor girl, but my amazing husband is all in on the spices, so I tend to make chilis a bit spicier for him.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic Crock Pot White Chicken Chili! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Rotisserie Chicken
- Chicken Stock/Chicken broth
- Bush's White Chili Beans
- Diced Green Chiles
- Ground Cumin
- Kosher Salt
- Cayenne Pepper
- Sour Cream
Optional Chili Toppings: Cilantro, Jalapeños, Non-Fat Sour Cream, Plain Greek Yogurt, Shredded Cheese, Tortilla Chips, Tortilla Strips, avocados, fresh cilantro
Chicken - This can alos be made with boneless skinless chicken breast that is cooked and shredded.
- CrockPot: We suggest using a CrockPot with a digital timer that automatically switches the slow cooker to warm after a set time to ensure your dinner cooks perfectly, and you don't have to stress about when it will finish cooking.
- Soup Bowls
How to Make Crock Pot White Chicken Chili
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
- Cut the chicken into chunky pieces and add to CrockPot or slow cooker.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir together.
- In the final half hour, add a cup of sour cream.
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead: The minimum cooking time for this White Chicken Chili is two hours on high, making it the perfect set-it-and-forget-it soup if you want extra time to work on other menu items or simply relax.
Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy them within four to five days.
Freezing/How to Freeze: Freeze leftovers in an airtight, freezer-safe container or sturdy Ziploc bag and enjoy them within three months. Liquid expands when frozen, so leave some room when you fill the container for freezing.
How to Reheat: Reheat leftovers using your microwave, stovetop, or CrockPot set to low, depending on how many servings you need to prepare. Let frozen White Chicken Chili portions thaw overnight in the fridge to ensure they reheat evenly.
Substitutions: You can replace the sour cream with a cup of plain or Greek yogurt for a healthier version.
To make this creamier you can blend the bean mixture in a blender before adding it to the slow cooker.
Add in corn for a bit of sweetness.
Switch out the White chili beans for cannellini beans, great northern beans, or other white beans just make sure to add in more seasoning.
Vegetarian Option: Replace the rotisserie chicken with a meatless alternative and the chicken stock with vegetable stock to make this White Chicken Chili vegetarian.
Vegan Option: In addition to the guidance for vegetarians, swap the sour cream with a plant-based alternative to make this recipe vegan.
Gluten-Free: Look for gluten-free labels on your chicken stock and diced green chili peppers to avoid cross-contamination and ensure your soup is safe for a gluten-free diet. Bush’s Beans confirms in its FAQs that its entire line of canned beans is gluten-free.
Alcohol-Free Option: We do not use alcohol in our recipe, but you can add a can or bottle of beer as we did in our Slow Cooker Beer Chili if you want a boozy version. We recommend a light beer, such as an ale or lager, to pair with the flavors in the chili.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: The written recipe makes six servings and scales readily to your desired yield. Depending on your slow cooker’s capacity, you may need to work in batches if you scale up.
Make It Spicy: Make your White Chicken Chili fiery by increasing the amount of cayenne pepper or diced green chili peppers or adding a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce to taste. We recommend a green hot sauce if you go the hot sauce route.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 12 grams of sugar per serving. Check that your chicken stock and canned ingredients have no added sugar to make this recipe sugar-free.
Tips for the Best Crock Pot White Chicken Chili
- If you prefer a creamier chicken, add a can of cream of chicken soup to the recipe.
- You might also include an extra can of Bush's White Chili Beans if you want the chili to be even more filling, add density, and make it last longer. I love how filling it is with extra beans.
What to Serve with Crock Pot White Chicken Chili
We love warming up with a hot bowl of chili during the colder fall and winter months; the beans, shredded chicken, and other add-ins make it a quick and filling meal that can last the entire week. Here are other menu planning suggestions to keep you warm and cozy.
When to Serve
- Family and Friend Gatherings
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Slow Cooker Crock Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe
Optional for topping your chili
- cilantro, jalapenos, non-fat sour cream, plain greek yogurt, shredded cheese, tortilla chips
- Cut the chicken into chunky pieces and add to crock pot slow cooker
- Add remaining ingredients and stir together
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-4 hours
- In the final half hour add in a cup of sour cream
- Slow cooker
Recipe originally shared September 25, 2017, updated on March 25, 2020