Crockpot Creamy White Chicken Chili

This Crockpot Creamy White Chicken Chili is about to become your new favorite easy, White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe – AND it’s lightened up and won 5 best chili awards – and counting!  

This Crockpot Creamy White Chicken Chili recipe is sooooo creamy (without any heavy cream!), comforting, wonderfully hearty, and the layers of flavors are out of this world!   It’s almost dump and run for the ideal easy weeknight dinner or fabulous for crowds!  So even if you have never tasted White Bean Chicken Chili before, it is guaranteed to have your family and friends begging for more!

Crockpot Creamy White Chicken Chili

Easy Crockpot White Chicken Chili Recipe

I’ve been counting down the days to soup season – and slow cooker season – my favorite “food” season of the year  – so I could finally post this White Chicken Chili Soup recipe! Not only are slow cooker recipes fantastically easy and fill every nook and cranny of your home with anticipated savory deliciousness all day, but they also taste as if you have been slaving away all day when nothing could be further from the truth! (Check out my slow cooker recipes HERE).

Soups are also one of my favs – so comfortingly delicious and they generally only require one pot, are a meal in one, boast layers of complex flavors from simmering, reheat beautifully for leftovers, and require hardly any “hands on” pep time – winning!   And my absolutely favorite types of soups – slow cooker soups!  If anyone ever tells me they “can’t cook” or “don’t have time to cook,” I tell them to check out my slow cooker soups!

Some of my favorite slow cooker soups are Slow Cooker SKINNY Potato Soup, Slow Cooker Thai Coconut Chicken Wild Rice Soup, Slow Cooker BEST EVER Beef Stew, Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder my Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Rice Soup — and now I’m adding this Slow Cooker Creamy White Chicken Chili to the top of the list. It’s epic. 

This White Bean Chicken Chili is bursting with everything that makes White Chicken Chili delicious and then some:  tender shredded chicken, creamy, hearty beans, warm fiestalicious spices, tangy bright green chilies and aromatic fresh cilantro.  But to make this truly epic Crockpot White Chicken Chili – it’s creamified! Because nothing says ultimate comfort food like warm, creamilicious soup. 

And because this soup is so knock your socks of delicious – you are going to want to eat bowl after bowl after bowl – which is why I’ve used a “skinny” method to make this soup rich and creamy.

Showing how to make Crockpot Creamy White Chicken Chili blending ingredients.

Crockpot White Chicken Chili Ingredients

Despite being a “lighter” recipe, this is a white chicken chili with cream cheese — because it’s not really white chicken chili without it! Here’s what you’ll need to make this creamy chicken chili:

  • Chicken breasts: I use boneless skinless chicken breasts in this recipe.
  • Great northern beans: These beans are large and ultra creamy in texture!
  • Chicken broth and bouillon: Use reduced sodium chicken broth so we can also use chicken bouillon, which is slightly salty and adds intense, concentrated flavor. 
  • Yellow onion: I used a large onion to pack in more flavor.
  • Diced green chiles: You can buy mild chiles, or spicier ones to amp up the heat.
  • Diced tomatoes: You want petite diced tomatoes. Be sure to drain them!
  • Cream-style corn: My secret ingredient for making creamy soups without having to add cream!
  • Jalapeños: Leave the seeds in for a spicier chili.
  • Garlic: I used four whole cloves, because garlic adds lots of great flavor.
  • Spices: I used a blend of cumin, chili powder, oregano, and smoked paprika.
  • Cream cheese: I use ⅓ less fat cream cheese to keep this creamy chicken chili soup on the lighter side.
  • Cornstarch: Helps thicken the soup without having to add lots of cream cheese.
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro imparts a boost of flavor that cuts through the creamy broth.

Mixing Crockpot Creamy White Chicken Chili in the crockpot.

How to Make Crockpot White Chicken Chili

  1. Lightly spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add chicken in an even layer followed by all our remaining slow cooker ingredients of Great Norther Beans, low sodium chicken broth, onion, diced green chilies, diced tomatoes, cream style corn, jalapenos, garlic and our warm fiestalicious seasonings. Give the top ingredients a stir to combine. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours or until chicken is tender enough to shred.
  2. Remove chicken to a cutting board, shred chicken and return chicken to slow cooker. Turn Slow Cooker to High (if it had been on Low).
  3. Remove ½ cup broth and add it to your blender along with 1 can beans, ¼ cup cilantro, light cream cheese and 2 tablespoons cornstarch.   Blend to create a smooth puree then add this back to the soup along with your chicken.  Cook for another 30 minutes and your soup will emerge soooooo wonderfully creamy.     Then go crazy on the toppings! 
Crockpot Creamy White Chicken Chili being served with a wood spoon.

What toppings Go with White Bean Chicken Chili?

Topping time is the time to customize your chili!  Use all or some of your favs:

Tips for Making the Best White Chicken Chili

  • I lighten up this Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with my favorite method for making soups “skinny” — I use a can of cream-style corn as part of the soup base instead of heavy cream! Its natural creaminess is a life changing secret ingredient!
  • We get even creamier by blending 1 can of beans, light cream cheese and 2 tablespoons cornstarch together until smooth then adding it back to the slow cooker.  This trifecta is perfection at producing creamy soups.
  • We cook the soup on HIGH for another 30 minutes so the cornstarch can activate and the soup can thicken even further.

And because we’ve saved a load of calories by not using heavy cream, we can afford to indulge in toppings.  Lots and lots of toppings…cheese, avocado, cilantro, tomatoes, sour cream, tortilla chips etc. all your favorites in one bowl.  An epically delicious bowl.

A scoop of Crockpot White Chicken Chili.

Can I Prep This Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili in Advance?

Yes, you can make a big batch of chili and reheat it throughout the week! If you’d like to prep the ingredients for this chili in advance, there’s no a whole lot that can be done. You can certainly chop up all the veggies and store them in the fridge, but otherwise this is a dump and cook kind of recipe.

How to Store Creamy White Chicken Chili

Slow cooker white chicken chili can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. 

Can I Freeze White Chicken Chili?

Because this creamy chicken chili doesn’t contain much dairy, it should be fine to freeze.

To freeze:

  • Let chili cool completely. 
  • Divide chili into freezer-friendly plastic containers or freezer bags. Squeeze out any air.
  • Label and date.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.  Lay freezer bags flat to safe space.
  • Let frozen chili thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

How to Reheat Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Transfer to a soup pot, microwave-safe dish or Crockpot to reheat. To reheat in the crockpot, cook on low for 1-2 hours depending on leftover volume.

A bowl of Crockpot Creamy White Chicken Chili with chips on the side.

What to Serve with Creamy Chicken Chili

We LOVE our easy Crockpot white chicken chili with my favorite ever Moist Cornbread and a big green salad. Some people also love their chili over rice or pasta for some added texture.  If you wanted a full spread, chili is also wonderful with:

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This is the best Slow Cooker Creamy White Chicken Chili I have ever had! Its soooo creamy without heavy cream, so easy, and the layers of flavors are out of this world!

Crockpot Creamy White Chicken Chili (Lightened Up!)

This LIGHTENED UP Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Chili is about to become your new favorite easy White Chicken Chili recipe!  This Crockpot White Chicken Chili is sooooo creamy (without any heavy cream!), comforting, wonderfully hearty, and the layers of flavors are out of this world! 
Servings: 8 -12 servings
Total Time: 5 hrs 10 mins
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 hrs

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Ingredients

SLOW COOKER

BLENDER INGREDIENTS (ADD LATER)

  • 1 14.5 oz. can Great Northern Beans rinsed and drained*
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 oz. Cream Cheese softened (I use ⅓ less fat)
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro
  • 1/2 cup soup “broth” (removed from slow cooker – see directions)

TOPPINGS

  • cheese
  • sour cream
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Tortilla chips
  • cilantro
  • lime juice
  • hot sauce

Instructions

  • Lightly spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add chicken in an even layer followed by all remaining slow cooker ingredients. Give the top ingredients a stir to combine. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours or until chicken is tender enough to shred.
  • Remove chicken to a cutting board, shred chicken and return chicken to slow cooker. Turn Slow Cooker to High (if it had been on Low).
  • Add all Blender Ingredients to a blender including ½ cup soup from slow cooker (try to just scoop out broth). Blend until smooth. Add puree back to slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on HIGH for 30 minutes.
  • Season soup with salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste. Top individual servings with desired toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

*You will need a total of THREE (14.5-ounce) cans Great Northern Beans for this recipe

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57 Comments

  1. Tricia says

    I have never tried a White Chicken Chilli but this recipe certainly makes me want to! I am also looking
    forward to slow-cooker season. Unfortunately I can’t buy creamed corn where I live in France, do you
    have any suggestions how I can adjust recipe to suit.

    • Jen says

      Hi Tricia, welcome to White Chicken Chili – I think you will love it! In the place of the creamed corn you can use chicken broth but the soup won’t be quite as creamy (but you could add extra cream cheese) or you can puree some corn with a small amount of milk. Hope that helps!

    • Jen says

      Hi Anne, the print button is located in two place – just below the post title and if you scroll down to the bottom and are looking at the actual recipe then there is a Print Icon (picture of a printer) just above and to the right of the recipe title. Hope that helps!

  2. Cathy LaValley says

    Can you post the calories for this recipe? I’m on a diet and counting calories and this looks yummy!
    I enjoy your blog..my best friend lives in Carlsbad so I turned her on to you too!

  3. Shelley says

    Where do you find ancho chili powder. I looked in the MX aisle of three grocery stores. Maybe a small MX grocery store?
    I added rinsed and drained black beans for contrasting color and left out some of the white beans.

    • Jen says

      Hi Shelley, it should be with all the other spices – even my Walmart carries it. I usually get the one by McCormick.

    • Dale says

      My local grocer carries it in the bulk foods and spices section.

  4. Dale says

    Hi Jen,

    made this last night with some leftover smoked chicken from the day before and it was great. I look forward to having it many more times as the colder months approach.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Dale, I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Sounds perfect for the upcoming cold months!

  5. Jim says

    Made this yesterday and it is outstanding. My wife enjoyed it immensely and my son ate 3 bowls of the soup. We have lumped this into the category of recipes that are so good that we want to share it with friends at parties or pot lucks. Thanks for such a great recipe.

    • Jen says

      Awesome Jim! I am thrilled your family loved this recipe so much and making it into the “want to share” category is the highest compliment – thank you!

  6. Susan says

    I made this last night for my family and we all loved it. I am so glad I came across your website because I have loved all the recipes I have tried. Quick question, do you happen to have a regular chili crockpot recipe coz I would love to try it if you have one. Thanks!

    • Jen says

      I am so happy your family is loving my recipes, thank you! I actually don’t have a regular chili crockpot recipe but I will get one in the works! It has been on my “to make” list for a while now- time to move it to the top of the list!

  7. Allie says

    Thanks for another winner. What an amazing way to thicken a dish. I didn’t have time to make this in a crockpot so I simmered it on the stove. It was wonderful! Have a spectacular day Jen!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Allie, thank you for another make-me-feel-good-comment! I’m so glad you were able to easily adapt this to the stove and it was a hit!

  8. Allison says

    Did you grill or cook the chicken in any way before you put it in the slow cooker?

    • Jen says

      Nope, super easy, just add it uncooked. Enjoy!

  9. Rachel says

    I can’t have dairy. Do you think this would turn out ok if I used full fat coconut milk?

    • Jen says

      Hi Rachel, I am honestly not sure as it will definitely have a coconut taste to it. Instead, I would add 3 tablespoons cornstarch instead of 2 in the blender ingredients to make up for the lack of thickening from the cream cheese. Hope this helps!

      • Shalise says

        I made it with daiya cream cheese because we can’t have dairy either, and it turned out great!

        • Jen says

          Oh good! Thank you for the tip!

  10. Shannon says

    I made this two nights ago and have been enjoying it every day since. So so good! Followed the recipe almost to a tee. The only difference is I left the chicken to the end. I rubbed it in chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper and brown sugar. BBQ’d the chicken breasts, chopped them up and put them in the soup at the end. I’m just not a fan of the texture of slow cooker chicken. It turned out sooo good! Such a nice, hearty, healthy recipe! Will definitely make again.

    • Jen says

      Hi Shannon, I’m so happy you loved this recipe and the leftovers as well! Your method of using barbecued spiced rubbed chicken sounds absolutely wonderful!

  11. Shalise says

    Your cooking is incredible! I found your site a couple of months ago and several of your recipes have already become family favorites. My ten-year-old daughter drools over this chili and my whole extended family adores your Thai Chicken Noodle. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful artistry. Yum!!

    • Jen says

      What a kind comment, thank you Shalise! I am so happy you stumbled across my blog and have already found new favorites! I hope you continue to find more and more recipes your whole family will love!

  12. Anna Connelly says

    I made this amazing chili for some out of town company and they couldn’t stop raving about it. It was so delicious! Definitely a keeper. Thanks Jen!!!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Anna! I love hearing it was such a hit! xo

  13. Jennifer says

    Can you make this using frozen chicken breast or should they be thawed out first?

    • Jen says

      I would thaw them first 🙂

  14. Laura says

    I finally got a chance to make this tonight. It is amazing!! Super amazing!! I think this is my new favorite chicken chili recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this one, it is a keeper!!! Also, when I told my family that I got this recipe from your site, they all got excited. ‘Carlsbad Cravings recipes are always SO good!’ Haha. You are so talented!!!

    Also, just for anyone checking comments for tips: I actually made this in a Dutch oven instead of a slow cooker. I have a crock pot but I’m not crazy about the way mine cooks chicken. So if you don’t have a slow cooker, you can still totally make this and it turned out amazing!!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much for the huge compliment Laura and for taking the time to comment, it’s nice to know your entire family is loving the recipes! P.S LOVE the dutch oven idea, thanks for sharing!

  15. Therese says

    Another home run recipe!!! This was so amazing!!! LOVED LOVED it! We added lime tortilla chips. So good! This is on the menu for our next freezer party!!!

    • Jen says

      I just had lime tortilla chips so I can totally imagine that amazing combo right now! Thanks so much Therese! I love hearing what recipes you have tried and loved!

  16. Elizabeth says

    I love so many of your recipes and made this one last night and it was great. However, for two people I made way too much and wondered how long it would keep in the fridge and also if it would still taste good after freezing? It is too delicious to let it go to waste!

    • Jen says

      Hi Elizabeth, I’m so happy you are enjoying my recipes! I think it should last for about one week in the fridge. Generally anything with dairy doesn’t freeze particularly well because the texture gets funky, sorry!

  17. Lissa says

    Any idea on how to prep this for eating the next day (potluck lunch at work)? Does it cook and reheat well?

    • Jen says

      Hi Lisa, this soup reheats beautifully, and tastes even better the next day in my opinion! So I would just make as usual then reheat. Enjoy!

  18. Angela says

    My whole family Loved this! I shouldn’t be surprised because we have loved every single recipe of yours I have tried. I wasn’t sure about the kids &chicken chili. But it was a huge hit! I love chicken chili and get it anywhere I go if it’s on the menu – this was the best I’ve ever had!! Thank you!

    • Jen says

      Wahoo! I’m honored this is the best Chicken Chili you have ever had and that it was a hit with the entire family – thanks Angela! And thank you for taking the time to comment on a few recipes today – I love hearing from my readers are enjoying!

  19. Amanda says

    Hello! What would you say the portion size is? 1 cup or 1 1/2 cup? I adore this chili!!

    • Jen says

      I would say 1 1/2 cups. So Happy you love it!

  20. Stephanie says

    Delish! This was so easy to toss in the slow cooker & cook itself all day. I’ve made other white chicken chili recipes that took a lot of cooking & fussing with but this had all the flavor with none of the work. Great recipe and helped me get rid of a bunch of canned goods from the pandemic stockpiling I did months ago, hahaha. Your beef barbacoa is up next to use up some frozen beef roast. As always….Thank you Jenn!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Stephanie, I’m so pleased you loved this recipe and were able to put all of those cans to use ;). I hope you love the beef barbacoa just as much (gotta love the crockpot)!

  21. Connie says

    This recipe is SO DELICIOUS! My husband, mom and brother all loved it! It is creamy and so tasty. I’ve now tried a couple of your recipes and I can always count on them being out of this world delicious. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with us, Jen!!!

    • Jen says

      Thank you for your awesome comment Connie! I’m so pleased this white chicken chili recipe was a winner and that you’ve been enjoying my recipes!

  22. Carly M Rowe says

    Hi! I want to make this but there is one part I am confused about.
    1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
    Do I boil the chicken bouillon cube to make a broth and put 1 Tablespoon in or am I just putting the cube itself into the crock pot? or am I crushing the cube until I have one tablespoon of it?
    Love your recipes! Thanks!

    • Jen says

      Hi Carly, sorry for the confusion. I use granulated chicken bouillon so it’s easy to add directly. If you are using cubes, simply crush and add them. 1 cube = 1 teaspoon, so you will need 3 crushed cubes. Hope this helps!

  23. Erin says

    This soup was for dinner tonight, another great recipe but it was little too spicy for my little boys so I added sour cream and fresh avocado, they devoured it. We loved it so very much! I used canned diced jalapenos which had the seeds as well. Would the soup have more or less kick if I used fresh chopped, seeded jalapenos? Definitely a warming inside and out soup for these cold winter nights. Thanks soooooo very much for having super great recipes.

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Erin, I’m glad you were able to tone down the heat and make it work! Yes, can diced jalapenos are WAY hotter than a chopped seeded jalapeno. Next time, you shouldn’t have a problem if you stick with that.

  24. Kristi J Beshears says

    This was so delicious! I’ve been looking for something like this to make for my family. Blending the beans etc in the blender was genius to make the creaminess. Do you happen to have nutritional stats?

  25. Shawnae says

    This Slow Cooker Creamy White Chicken Chili is the bomb dot com!! Blending the cream cheese with a can of Northern Beans was a very genius way to give the Chili that creamy consistency. My whole house smelled amazing while the Chili was cooking in my Slow Cooker. I served my bowl with Sharp Cheddar, crushed tortilla chips, and hot sauce. I will be making this delicious Chili again soon. Thank you so much for sharing, Miss Jen!!!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment Shawnae, I’m thrilled this recipe was a huge hit! It sounds like you made the perfect bowl – yum!

  26. Connie says

    I just want to thank you for sharing your recipes. This is my third or fourth time cooking one of your recipes and I have not been disappointed. They are all delicious ❣️

    • Jen says

      That means so much to me, thank you Connie! I hope you continue to discover many new favorites!

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