White Chicken Chili in the Slow Cooker

Tonight is the chili cook-off at church.  Everyone brings a ground-beef-with-tomatoes-and-beans-styled chili, it seems.  I always have to be different.  Tonight, I am bringing a white chicken chili made with cream cheese and cannellini beans.  As always, I used a slow cooker to slow simmer all the flavors together.

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white chicken chili

This recipe is so simple that it has become a regular dinner around here.  I like being able to toss everything into the slow cooker and forget about it until dinner time.  

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I always layer the chicken on the bottom to cook closer to the heat.  I don’t bother with thawing my chicken breasts beforehand.  I just toss them in frozen making this recipe even easier.  I layer everything else on top of the chicken for cooking.  I use a wooden spoon to break apart the chicken and stir everything together.  

white chicken chili

Are you ready to make some white chicken chili?  Check out the recipe below!

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili


  • 6 very large chicken breasts
  • 1/4 c diced onions (frozen)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp chicken base
  • 1 can diced green chiles (4 oz)
  • 2 cans cannellini beans - rinsed (15.5 oz)
  • 1 1/2 c frozen corn
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 block cream cheese (8 oz)
  • Juice of 1/2 fresh lime
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt & Pepper as desired


  • I placed the chicken breasts in the slow cooker then layered all the other ingredients on top.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours adjusting cooking times for your appliance.
  • Shortly before eating, use a wooden spoon or two forks to break apart or shred the chicken and stir the ingredients well.
  • Adjust the seasoning to your taste. I added about 1/4 tsp salt and some freshly ground black pepper along with about 1/4 tsp more cayenne.
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white chicken chili

Oh my goodness!  This is so good that I could eat it almost every week.  Serve it with some tortilla or corn chips!  Yum!

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About Trisha

Trisha Kilpatrick is a homeschooling mother of three. She has a degree in Education with a double major in Elementary and Special Education, but she is more proud of her countless hours of volunteer work in Children's Church. She believes that all children can learn and that, in life, simple is almost always best. *Affiliate links are used on this site. I may be compensated when you click on or buy from these links. If you have any questions, you can contact me at questions@trishadishes.com .

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