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Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

by Capri Lilly
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This slow cooker White Bean Chicken Chili is a hearty, flavorful, and easy weeknight meal that can feed the whole family. Top with avocado, jalapeños, cilantro, and shredded cheese for a full-on, mouthwatering meal.

If you are a fan of warm delicious chili, you will want to try my Chipotle Turkey Chili or White Bean Quinoa Chili next!

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Chili is one of my favorite comfort foods! I like to make my chili in the slow cooker because it makes cooking my favorite comfort dish ten times easier. I also love the aromas that fill my entire home as the slow cooker is working its magic. I get to sit back and relax with my feet up knowing I’ll have a delicious meal ready to enjoy in a few hours. 

How to make White Bean Chicken Chili

I’ve learned the best way to create the most flavorful chili in the slow cooker is to season and do a quick sauté of the chicken, garlic, and onions before adding all of the ingredients to the CrockPot. This helps the chicken to seal in the flavors, and the caramelized onions bring a rich flavor to the dish. After that, it gets even easier: all you have to do is add all the ingredients into the slow cooker and let the magic happen.

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Best sides to serve with chili

I like to eat my chili over rice, but my partner just loads a heaping amount into a bowl and enjoys it with a few toppings. My grandmother would always serve chili with cornbread. That’s always been my favorite way to eat chili. The cornbread soaks up the glorious sauce like a sponge and makes each bite all the better.

A few side dish ideas: 

Best Chili Toppings

I love loading up my chili with as many toppings as possible! Here’s a list of my favorite toppings for this White Bean Chicken Chili:

  • Sliced Avocado
  • Shredded Cheese (I use vegan cheese, like this one)
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Sour Cream (or a dollop of coconut cream for a tasty dairy-free option)
  • Salsa
  • Sliced Jalapenos 
  • Fresh Lime
  • Guacamole

You’ll definitely enjoy this Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili! It’s:

  • An effortless meal to make 
  • Tons of protein in each serving
  • A warm, healthy option
  • Packed with flavor in each bite

If you’re looking for the best slow cooker to use, here are a couple of great options: Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 | Amazon or Crock-Pot Programmable Slow Cooker | Amazon.

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I hope you enjoy this White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe!

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Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

This slow cooker White Bean Chicken Chili is a hearty, flavorful, and easy weeknight meal that can feed the whole family. Top with avocado, jalapenos, cilantro, and shredded cheese for a full-on mouthwatering meal.
4.92 from 12 votes
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Healthy Options
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 329kcal
Author: Capri Lilly


Ingredients to Season and Saute Chicken

  • 1.25 lb Ground Chicken
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Ingredients to add to the Slow Cooker

  • Seasoned Chicken with onion and garlic
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 (15 oz) Canned Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz can) Canned Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 8 oz diced green chiles
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 2 cups canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 Jalapenos, diced
  • 1 Habanero, minced (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper or to taste


  • In a skillet over medium heat, add onion, garlic, and oil. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the ground chicken and seasonings. Saute for 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the seasoned ground chicken, and remaining ingredients into a 6-quart or larger sized slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Once the chili is finished, serve into bowls and top with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and then add any of your favorite toppings! Enjoy!


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  • I use canned beans in this recipe. Make sure to rinse and drain first. You can also use presoaked beans in this recipe.


Calories: 329kcal

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Renia August 27, 2020 - 1:46 pm

5 stars
This recipe is the bomb, I saved it to pinterest so that I can make it over and over again!!

Capri Lilly August 27, 2020 - 9:53 pm

Hi Renia! Thanks for saving it to Pinterest! I am glad you like the recipe

Nadia August 27, 2020 - 6:29 pm

5 stars
I’ve been eating beans like crazy over the last month or so. Thank you for some new ideas, to jazz up my recipe catalogue.

Capri Lilly August 27, 2020 - 9:52 pm

For sure! I love jazzing up my beans in chilis and stews

Desirée August 29, 2020 - 7:51 pm

5 stars
This chili was delicious! So flavorful and so easy to make!

Natasha Wells September 2, 2020 - 10:02 pm

5 stars
I gotta try this and it seems so easy too…love the avocado on top! I absolutely LOVE chili!

Capri Lilly September 2, 2020 - 10:59 pm

It is SUPER easy! I love it because I can just throw this together and have an incredible meal once it is done!

Samantha August 30, 2020 - 11:13 pm

5 stars
I love this delicious and hearty chili recipe! I can’t wait to make this during the winter time.

Adrianna Ruff August 31, 2020 - 1:58 am

5 stars
This recipe is so flavorful and delicious. I’ll probably make it ten more times before the end of fall!

Capri Lilly August 31, 2020 - 11:52 pm

Hi Adrianna! I am glad you like it!! I definitely make this multiple times over the fall and winter 🙂

Jamie Davidson September 10, 2020 - 2:07 am

Quick question. I know this should be obvious, but you use 2 cups of *dried* beans in this recipe, right?

Capri Lilly September 10, 2020 - 2:18 am

Two cups of canned beans or presoaked beans. Thanks for asking!

Kaluhi August 31, 2020 - 10:19 am

5 stars
This looks really inviting and absolutely comforting! Love how you paired it with rice. Must try recipe for me as well

Tamara August 31, 2020 - 3:38 pm

5 stars
The flavors in this chili were so amazing! It was perfect to together before work and come home to for a delicious dinner.

Capri Lilly August 31, 2020 - 11:47 pm

Yes! My exact thoughts! I throw this in the crockpot in the morning and come home to the warm smells in the evening! It’s the best!

Chenée August 31, 2020 - 6:47 pm

5 stars
This chili was delicious and full of flavor! Came together so easily in the slow cooker.

Capri Lilly August 31, 2020 - 11:46 pm

Hi Chenee! I am glad you liked it! Easy Slow cooker meals are my favorite, especially on days when I want a flavorful meal that doesn’t take a ton of work!

Chef Mireille September 1, 2020 - 2:43 pm

5 stars
I have been looking for more recipes to utilize my slow cooker more and this one did not disappoint. so flavorful!

Marta September 2, 2020 - 9:13 pm

5 stars
I’m so excited it’s soup season! This white bean chili was the first recipe I made to kick off fall and it did not disappoint.

Capri Lilly September 2, 2020 - 10:59 pm

Hi Marta! I am excited for soup season too! I love a good cozy soup

Britney September 2, 2020 - 10:10 pm

5 stars
I made this recipe for my husband and we both loved it! It was simple to make and even easier to eat! Thank you!

Capri Lilly September 2, 2020 - 11:01 pm

I am so happy you and your husband enjoyed the recipe! This is one of my go-to easy comfort foods!

Crystal September 3, 2020 - 12:49 am

5 stars
This was my first time trying white bean chili and I’m in love! The recipe was so easy to follow and the chili came out delicious! I love how you also included suggestions for side dishes and toppings! Great job!

Capri Lilly September 3, 2020 - 3:00 am

Hi Crystal! I am happy that you liked the recipe!

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