Slow-Cooker Chicken, Corn, + White Bean Chili

by Amy on 19 February 2014

Slow Cooker Chicken + White Bean ChiliAs y’all may know, I love a good crock-pot recipe. In the fall + winter, I typically make at least one slow-cooker meal a week, + I like to alternate between new recipes + time-tested favorites. I’m constantly bookmarking + pinning crock-pot recipes, so when I saw a recipe for a crock-pot Chicken + White Bean Chili on my friend Rachel’s fantastic blog, I knew I had to make it ASAP.

So, how was it? Mighty tasty! I made a few small changes from Rachel’s original recipe, substituting a red bell pepper instead of green (my husband is a green pepper loather), upping the amount of spices/seasonings, + adding cheese to the recipe. The end result was a super yummy, pretty darn healthy, + very easy-to-make meal. This is the perfect dinner for a busy weekday, as you can just pop everything in the slow-cooker in the morning, then it only takes a couple minutes to shred the chicken right before serving it. We served our chili with salsa + more cheese on the top (can you ever have too much cheese?), a couple lime wedges, + tortilla chips on the side. And it was great!

Slow Cooker Chicken + White Bean Chili

Slow-Cooker Chicken, Corn, + White Bean Chili

serves 6-8, adapted from Baked By Rachel


1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
1 jalapeño, seeded + diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 15oz cans Northern white beans
1 cup corn (frozen or canned), drained if using canned
2 tsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 – 1 tsp red pepper flakes, optional (will make for a spicier chili)
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp salt
32 oz (4 cups) chicken broth
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese


Add all ingredients to the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow-cooker. Cook on LOW for 5-6 hours, until chicken is cooked through and fork tender. Remove chicken, shred using two forks, and return to slow-cooker. Stir in the cheese until melted, and add more salt or pepper to taste, if needed.

Divide among bowls. Serve with optional toppings such as more cheese, jalapeño slices, lime wedges, sour cream, or cilantro.


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1 Mommyof2Girlz/StephD February 19, 2014 at 7:52 am

Delicious! I LOVE white chicken chili but have never added corn…definitely next time!

2 Leah | So, How's It Taste? February 19, 2014 at 8:46 am

That looks like such yummy comfort food. Love white chicken chili!

3 danielle February 19, 2014 at 9:07 am

I am all about a good slow cooker meal and chili happens to be one my favorite comfort foods.

4 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 19, 2014 at 11:13 am

I had no idea that people have color preferences for bell peppers. I’ve never noticed a taste difference! What color I use just depends on the color scheme I am going for haha. I usually use red/orange in salads, and green on pizza. My dad isn’t a fan of chicken chili, since he’s a hardcore traditional chili maker/lover, but maybe I could change his mind with this.

5 amy February 19, 2014 at 11:34 am

Oh yes, there’s a whooooole group of people who really really hate green peppers. I do notice that they’re flavor is a bit stronger/more earthy than the other colors, but it’s never bothered me. I love your use of certain colors in certain dishes! And green peppers on pizza are SO tasty! Mmmmm.

6 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction February 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Never too much cheese! Love a good crock pot chili!

7 Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes February 19, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I love using my slow cooker!! Just used it yesterday. This chili looks like a winner!

8 Adri February 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Oh, your husband too! If a green bell pepper even walked across it, my husband will not eat it. My brother too. I think it might have something to do with those army cooks back in the sixties. Apparently those guys put bell peppers into everything.

All the pepper business aside, this does look mighty tasty, and it’s going to make an appearance on our table this week. For sure. On the subject of slow cooker recipes, do you know food writer Michele Scicolone? She has written several excellent books on the subject. I particularly like her volume “The Italian Slow Cooker” (of course.) Take a look on Amazon or perhaps her books are in your local library.

9 amy February 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm

I hadn’t heard of Michele Scicolone before but her books sound right up my alley – going to look it up in my library’s online database now – thank you for the tip!!

10 amy February 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm

PS – they DO have The Italian Slow Cooker at one of my library – just put in a request for it to be delivered to my local branch so I can check it out. Thank you!!

11 Anna (Hidden Ponies) February 19, 2014 at 9:52 pm

I have to admit to being a green pepper hater too…so your version looks perfect! Love it.

12 EA-The Spicy RD February 19, 2014 at 10:34 pm

You always have the best slow cooker recipes-I think my family would love this! Love the Fearless Baby photos- SO sweet :-_

13 Choc Chip Uru February 19, 2014 at 11:11 pm

I am loving the white bean chill especially, another great use of your slow cooker 😀

Choc Chip Uru

14 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) February 20, 2014 at 6:38 am

Looks warm, inviting, and flavorful. Perfect for this time of year!

15 Sue February 20, 2014 at 9:46 am

Do you think this would be good without adding the cheese at the end? It really sounds delicious & easy to make!

16 amy February 20, 2014 at 9:52 am

Hi Sue! If you want to keep this dairy-free (or just save some calories), you can definitely omit the cheese at the end. That’s how the original recipe had it, and I actually tasted it that way before adding the cheese. It was really good … I just thought it would be even better with some cheese tossed in. =)

17 sarah k @ the pajama chef February 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm

mmm amy, this sounds fabulous!

18 Monet February 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Another delicious slow cooker recipe, Amy! I love a good chili, and I’m always keen for more chicken recipes. Thank you for sharing!

19 Beth February 21, 2014 at 4:35 am

Oh, Amy, this chili looks terrific! This winter is so long, we need all the recipes like this we can find.

20 Kelly February 21, 2014 at 6:05 am

This looks fantastic Amy! I am always on the lookout for a good slow cooker meal and chili is such a favorite in our house! This white chicken chili sounds awesome and I’m sure my family would love it too :)

21 Luv What You Do February 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm

You have so many hearty and mouth watering recipes. I’m adding this to my list of things to make to keep me warm this awful winter!

22 whatjessicabakednext February 23, 2014 at 3:43 am

This looks divine, Amy! Love quick and easy meals like this one :)

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