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Isn’t it just heartwarming when we stumble upon a recipe that truly captures the essence of sharing and togetherness? This White Chicken Chili Crockpot recipe is precisely that dish! 

Crafted with love and ingredients that meld beautifully, every spoonful promises creamy, flavorful comfort. Whether it’s a cold evening or a gathering of loved ones, this chili is a testament to the idea that food can bring happiness

So, let’s embark on this flavorful journey together, and trust me, by the end of it, you’ll be happy you did! This white chili is Fall crockpot comfort food at its finest.

White chicken chili in a white bowl topped with cilantro.
This Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is such a great comfort food.

🥛 What makes this recipe special?

Oh, where to begin? This isn’t just another chicken chili – it’s a delightful dance of flavors and textures that come together in perfect harmony! The creaminess of the cream cheese, coupled with the heartiness of the Great Northern beans, promises a mouthful of joy with each bite.

But what truly sets this chili apart? It’s the choice of chicken thighs, which stay tender and forgiving throughout the cooking process. Chicken breast is a great cut of meat, but it can easily become dry. Thighs are a great general purpose cut of chicken. And let’s not forget those optional toppings, allowing each of us to personalize our bowls, ensuring every spoonful reflects our tastes!

Lastly, the beauty of this dish lies in its simplicity. Using a crockpot means sharing the experience of slowly simmered perfection without the constant hovering over a stovetop. It’s a testament to the magic that happens when passion meets convenience!

If you want other crockpot recipes, check out this delicious Chili Con CarneEasy Taco Soup recipe, or this great Slow Cooker Shredded Beef recipe. No matter what you make, make sure to treat yourself!

🐔 Ingredients

Chicken obviously goes in this, but it takes a medley of ingredients to pull this together. 

Ingredients for white chicken chili.
Chicken Thighs, white beans, chicken broth, green chili, cayenne, pepper, paprika, garlic, onion, cream cheese, flour, water, cream, salt, cumin and oregano.
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • All purpose flour
  • Water
  • Cream cheese
  • Great Northern beans
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Canned green chilies
  • Chicken broth or stock
  • Salt
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Black pepper
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Heavy cream
  • Optional toppings: shredded Monterey Jack cheese, chopped cilantro, diced avocado, lime wedges, chopped green onions, tortilla strips

See the recipe card for quantities.

🍲 Instructions

Start by placing those chopped chicken thighs at the bottom of your crockpot. If at the bottom, they are ensured to be the first to cook.

Next, mix that all-purpose flour and water into a silky slurry and add it to the crockpot. Spoon the softened cream cheese over the top, creating a luscious layer of creaminess. 

Lastly, pour in all the remaining ingredients (excluding the toppings, of course), ensuring a gentle stir to keep our chicken friends at the bottom. Set your trusty crockpot to low, and let the magic unfold over the next 4 hours. Your kitchen’s about to be filled with aromas that speak of comfort and pure deliciousness!

🤷 Substitutions and variations

Let’s face it, sometimes our kitchens throw us curveballs. Run out of heavy cream? No sweat! In a pinch, milk gracefully steps up to the plate, adding its own twist of creamy goodness to our chili.

Chicken thighs are our star, but if you’re feeling adventurous or they’re playing hard to get, chicken breasts can join the party. Just keep an eye on the cooking time, as they might be a tad less forgiving. Or if you have left over chicken, you could probably shred it and add it at the end. 

If you’re looking to turn up the heat or add a new spin, consider tossing in a jalapeño or two, or perhaps some roasted red bell peppers for a smoky touch!

You can use other types of white beans like navy beans or cannellini beans. I experimented and Great Northern worked the best for me, but use what you have or like!

Remember, recipes are like guidelines. They’re starting points, encouraging us to make them our own. So go ahead, play a little, and let your culinary creativity shine!

📦 Storage

You can save this chili for a different day. Seal in an airtight container, and leave in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Planning ahead for those “I need comfort food, stat!” moments? This chili freezes beautifully! Just transfer it to freezer-safe bags or containers, ensuring to squeeze out any excess air, and let it cozy up in your freezer for up to 2 months.

Whenever you’re ready to dive back in, simply thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat gently on the stove. Presto! Instant comfort and joy, ready to serve.

🎓 History tidbit

I have to be honest that I could NOT find much of a history of this dish. When I search Google Books, the earliest result I could find was from the 1980s. It appears to be a South Western recipe that emerged in the late 80s and really came into prominence in the 1990s. 


What’s the main difference between white chili and traditional chili?

White chili, often known as “chili blanco,” typically uses white beans and chicken, offering a lighter, creamier texture and taste. Traditional chili often incorporates red meat and tomatoes, giving it a heartier and more robust flavor profile.

How do I ensure my chicken remains tender in the chili?

The secret lies in using chicken thighs, as they are more forgiving and tend to stay juicy and tender during the slow-cooking process. If you opt for chicken breasts, monitor the cooking time closely to avoid overcooking.

Is white chili gluten-free?

It can be! The primary concern in this recipe is the all-purpose flour. Consider using a gluten-free flour blend or cornstarch as a thickening agent for a gluten-free version. Always check other ingredients’ labels to ensure they’re gluten-free too!

Can I make a vegetarian version of white chili?

Of course! Swap out the chicken for tofu, tempeh, or even additional beans. Vegetable broth can replace the chicken broth, and you’re on your way to a delicious veggie-filled bowl!

📝 Tips and tricks

  • Use chicken thighs as it is a bit more forgiving in cooking time.
  • Can use leftover chicken. If cooked, add in the last hour
  • Can use milk instead of cream in a pinch
  • Consider adding optional toppings
  • Make sure chicken hits 165° Fahrenheit.
Two bowls of white chicken chili on a cloth.
Enjoy this delicious White Chicken Chili crockpot dinner.

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White chicken chili in a white bowl topped with cilantro.

Crockpot White Chicken Chili

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  • Author: Ben
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours and 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 bowls 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American
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Discover our White Chicken Chili Crockpot Dinner: a blend of tender chicken thighs, creamy Great Northern beans, and zesty green chilies. Perfectly slow-cooked for maximum flavor, this recipe offers a comforting, rich taste that’s sure to become a favorite. Easy to prepare and packed with wholesome ingredients, it’s the ideal dish for cozy nights in or gatherings. Dive into this mouthwatering chili experience and elevate your home-cooked meals!


Units Scale
  • 1 1/4 to 2 pounds chicken thigh boneless skinless, chopped
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 15-ounce cans Great Northern beans
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (4 Ounces each) diced green chilies
  • 4 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional for added heat)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • Optional toppings: shredded Monterey Jack cheese, chopped cilantro, diced avocado, lime wedges, chopped green onions, tortilla strips


  1. Place chicken in bottom of crock pot.
  2. Mix flour and water to a slurry and add to crockpot
  3. Spoon cream cheese on top
  4. Add rest of the ingredients(minus toppings, flour, and water) to crockpot and stir, keeping chicken at bottom
  5. Cook on low for 4 hours, making sure chicken temperature is at 165° Fahrenheight
  6. Serve and add any optional toppings to serving bowl


  • Use thighs as it is a bit more forgiving in cooking time.
  • Can use leftover chicken
  • Can use milk instead of cream in a pinch
  • consider adding optional topping
  • Make sure chicken reaches 165° Fahrenheit

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  1. Overall good base to start from, but bland. Granted, I used a 32 oz bag of white beans instead of cans. Maybe that was the difference. Soaked overnight, then 8 hours in the slow cooker on high. Then drained and used in the recipe above.
    It was good, everything was appropriately soft and blended well, and it looked and smelled great. But…. I typically get the mild sauce on the rare Taco Bell trip, but this was a full step below mild. I had to add a teaspoon of chipotle Tabasco (to each bowl) to get it to my idea of mild.
    Overall good, but adjust the seasonings to your taste.

    1. Glad you liked it. Yeah, the only ‘heat’ comes from the diced chilis and will largely be dependent on that, along with the cayenne I have as optional. Also, the cream and cream cheese is going to bite into any spices. There is a few suggestions in the text to heat it up a bit if you want it a bit more.