Slow-Cooker Chicken, White Bean, + Hominy Chili

by Amy on 24 January 2016

Slow-Cooker Chicken, White Bean, + Hominy Chili | www.FearlessHomemaker.comSlow-Cooker Chicken, White Bean, + Hominy Chili | www.FearlessHomemaker.comToday, I’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

This month I was pleased to be assigned Karen’s Kitchen Stories, as I’ve cooked from her blog many times. (This Oven-Fried KFC Copycat Chicken is one of our family’s go-to meals). We’re in the midst of a very cold stretch of weather in Nashville, so I decided to make her belly-warming Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili and am so glad I did – it turned out amazing! This chili is made low-and-slow in the crock-pot with bone-in chicken, which results in super tender, flavorful chicken. It’s packed with sautéed onions/garlic/jalapenos, white beans, hominy, green chiles, and bold spices for lots of depth, plus lime and cilantro for brightness. My husband and I loved it (which wasn’t surprising, as we love soups/stews like this), and I was thrilled to see that my 2-year-old gobbled it up, too! While it has a ton of flavor, it’s not super spicy (jalapeños mellow out significantly after sautéing), so she devoured it. After a chilly day, this was a perfect way to deliciously warm ourselves up.

Thank you to Karen for introducing me to this fantastic slow-cooker meal + to the Secret Recipe Club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes! For all my previous Secret Recipe Club recipes, click here – there are TONS of awesome ones!

Slow-Cooker Chicken, White Bean, + Hominy Chili |

Slow-Cooker Chicken, White Bean, + Hominy Chili

serves 6, adapted from Slow Cooker Revolution by America’s Test Kitchen + Karen’s Kitchen Stories


3 cups low sodium chicken broth, divided
2 15 ounce cans of hominy, divided, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 onions, minced
4 jalapeños, seeded and minced
6 garlic cloves, minced
4 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 15 ounce cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
4 ounce can of fire-roasted diced green chiles
3 pounds bone-in chicken breasts, skin removed
salt and pepper
the juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro,
For garnish: extra cilantro, lime wedges, sour cream, and/or cotija cheese


In a blender, puree 2 cups of the broth and 1 can of hominy until smooth. Pour the mixture into a 6-7 quart slow-cooker.

In a 12-inch skillet, heat the oil on medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion, jalapeños, garlic, cumin, coriander, and chili powder, and cook for about 10 minutes, until the onions are softened. Add the remaining 1 cup of the broth to deglaze the pan, scraping up any brown bits. Add this mixture to the slow-cooker.

Add the beans, remaining 1 can hominy, + diced green chiles to the slow-cooker, and stir everything to combine well. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper and place the pieces into the slow-cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours, until the chicken is cooked through and tender.

Remove the chicken pieces from the slow cooker to a plate or cutting board, and let sit for about 10 minutes. Remove the meat from the bones and shred the meat into large bite-size pieces with two forks.

Skim any fat off of the surface of the chili in the slow-cooker with a ladle. Add the shredded chicken back into the slow-cooker, along with the juice of 1 lime, cilantro, and salt + pepper to taste. Cover, and leave the cooker on warm until you are ready to serve.

Serve with the toppings of your choosing, such as extra cilantro, lime wedges, sour cream, and/or cotija cheese.

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1 Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm January 25, 2016 at 10:29 am

Absolutely love white chili and this version sounds amazing.

2 Nicole January 25, 2016 at 11:38 am

Slow Cooker Revolution? I’ve gotta check that out!
This soup looks great for the winter weather we’re having.

3 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie January 25, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Oh my gosh this looks splendid. I’ve only made white chicken chili once (well actually the same recipe twice), and it too had hominy in it. I think more recipes need to use hominy because it’s so good! I need to try this especially since it’s in the slow cooker.

4 Rebekah @ Making Miracles January 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm

My oh my that sounds AMAZING!

5 Terri Oliver Steffes January 25, 2016 at 1:03 pm

I’m impressed with the flavor profile of this dish! Sounds so good, and I love your photos!

6 Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories January 25, 2016 at 1:53 pm

I’m so glad you liked this! It’s not your usual dump and go slow cooker recipe, but I think that makes it so much better. Your photos are beautiful!!

7 Christine January 26, 2016 at 9:51 am

I’ve never tried hominy, but this chili makes me want to try it! If I can’t find it, what would be a good substitute?

8 Amy January 26, 2016 at 10:41 am

I love hominy, Christine! It’s very commonly used in Southern USA cooking, so we have it in all the grocery stores in our area. It’s typical in the canned beans section of the store. A good substitute would simply be more white beans! Or, hominy is actually a form of preserved corn, so corn (fresh or frozen) would add a similar family flavor (although admittedly a different texture). I hope that helps! And I hope you can find hominy — I love it, and we use it a lot!

9 SallyBR January 26, 2016 at 4:28 pm

Oh, I am also a huge fan of Karen’s site and will have to bookmark this recipe you made to use in my slow cooker…. sounds fantastic and perfect for the season!

10 Emily @ Life on Food January 26, 2016 at 7:14 pm

This soup sounds delicious. I could use a good bowl of soup these days too. I wonder if my little one would like it.

11 Amy January 26, 2016 at 9:48 pm

Our little girl (who is 2.5 years old) LOVES soup, loves beans, loves hominy, and chicken is her preferred protein, so this was a hit with her! I’ve found that she likes most soups and stews, especially the ones that are meatless. (This one obviously isn’t meatless, but she still liked it!)

12 Tara January 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm

Such a beautiful chili! Perfect for the weather we are having and how much snow is on the ground.

13 Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel January 29, 2016 at 11:09 am

Love this!! Hominy is such a fun ingredient that I definitely don’t use often enough. I love the texture! This chili sounds perfect for Super Bowl!

14 Beth January 29, 2016 at 6:15 pm

What a perfect meal for a cold-weather day! And it’s always a win when you make something the whole family likes.

15 Adri February 11, 2016 at 1:52 pm

I always enjoy your Secret Recipe Club posts. The things you make are terrific, and I enjoy “meeting” new bloggers. This chili looks great – perfect for our chilly weather! I hope all is well with you and yours.

16 Meghan February 15, 2016 at 12:14 pm

You always make the best slow cooker meals!! This looks so full of flavor and just perfect for this cold weather!

17 Tom H. September 3, 2016 at 6:32 am

Absolutely loved the recipe. I really love chicken and the bean is just the icing on the top. Thank a lot.
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18 Jasa YouTube October 16, 2018 at 3:04 am

Looks very delicious, this is perfect for lunch. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

19 Motovegan September 14, 2020 at 1:19 am

hello amy, thanks for the recipe! instead of chicken stock maybe I’ll use mushroom broth from motovegan, still tasty without msg

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