This Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is PERFECT for busy days when you want a home cooked meal, but don’t have time to be in the kitchen. Comforting and fresh (thanks to lime zest) this chili is a family favorite!

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

This white chicken chili is something that I make a couple of times a month because I can put most of the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and let them cook all day. 

To make the soup creamy, I add smashed beans back into the soup towards the end of cooking then I amp up the flavor with a little lime zest. 

We love serving this soup with a variety of toppings like avocado, corn chips and sour cream, but you can top it any way you like! Make sure to save this recipe for night when you want a home cooked meal but don’t want to cook.

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Ingredients in Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Onion Onions add a great flavor background to this recipe, and they also contain many health benefits! They are rich in prebiotic fiber, which can feed healthy gut bacteria and may help increase the absorption of certain nutrients, which benefits overall digestive health. They may also be linked with a reduction in inflammation.

Poblano pepper These green peppers are not typically spicy. You can usually find them at most grocery stores, but if you have a hard time finding them you can omit from the recipe and it will still taste great! Poblanos are rich in vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant in our bodies to help fight off disease-causing free radicals.

Garlic Garlic also gives a ton of flavor to this white chicken chili. It adds in nutrients like sulfur compounds, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese.

Salt and pepper

Chicken thighs Chicken is a source of protein and nutrients like iron, niacin, selenium and phosphorous. The difference between a chicken breast and a chicken thigh is the amount of fat.  A chicken thigh is higher in fat and typically has a richer flavor. You could easily substitute a chicken breast here.

Chicken bone broth Bone broth is rich in protein and other micronutrients. You can sub regular chicken broth or stock here.

Cumin Cumin adds a smokiness and earthiness to this dish, and it includes some natural antioxidants.

Oregano Oregano is an herb that adds a slight sweetness and balances the flavor of this chili. It also contains many antioxidants.

Great Northern beans These beans have a slightly nutty flavor. They contain a ton of nutrients like fiber, protein, folate, magnesium, and vitamin B6.

Lime and lime zest The lime and lime zest add a light freshness to this chili. Limes are high in vitamin C and antioxidants.

How to Make Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

This recipe comes together so simply! Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Just before serving, take one can of beans (drained and rinsed) and mash them in a bowl. Mix the mashed beans into the slow cooker. Mix in the lime zest, then serve the Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with your favorite toppings.

Tips for Making Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

You can use chicken thighs or chicken breasts in this recipe.

This recipe freezes well! Once the chili is cooked, allow it to cool completely then store pour into a sealed container that you want to freeze it in. Allow it to thaw, then reheat it over the stove when you are ready to serve.

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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  • Author: Tara Deal Rochford
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is PERFECT for busy days when you want a home cooked meal, but don’t have time to be in the kitchen. Comforting and fresh (thanks to lime zest) this chili is a family favorite!



1 1/2 cups diced onion (about 1 medium)

1 large poblano pepper, chopped

3 garlic cloves, smashed with the wide side of a chef’s knife

3/4 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds trimmed boneless, skinless chicken thighs

4 cups chicken broth or bone broth

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon oregano

3 (15-ounce) cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed, divided

For the toppings:

1 lime, zest finely grated, half of the fruit juiced, the other half cut into wedges

1 1/2 avocados, peeled and diced


To the slow cooker, add the diced onion, chopped poblano pepper, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, chicken thighs, bone broth, ground cumin, oregano, and 2 of the 3 cans of Great Northern Beans. 

Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. When the chicken is cooked through (at the previously listed times), remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred with a fork or knife then place back in the slow cooker. 

Stir in the remaining can of beans and 1 teaspoon of lime zest. 

Serve the chili and top with your favorite toppings like avocado or more lime. 


Rinsing the canned beans will reduce the sodium content by 40% or more!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: slow cooker

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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