Creamy Crockpot White Chicken Chili

One of my goals this year is to go camping more as a family. We’ve gone camping in the years past, and with three little boys, it can be umm… challenging. I love seeing my boys running wild and free in the wilderness as they were meant to do, but the bugs, meal planning, and freezing cold nights make me think twice. No one sleeps very well, washing dishes is a pain in the rear, and the boys get dirt in every little crevice! It’s a lot of work to prepare for the trip, a lot of work once you get there, and a lot of work to put everything away when you get home. That’s a lot of work!

But on the other hand, we make memories, spend time with family and friends, become one with nature, and unplug from technology… which is all good and needed.

Creamy Crockpot White Chicken Chili - A family favorite made healthier, and so easy too! No cream of chicken soup or seasoning packets.

Last summer when we camped with my sister’s family and some family friends, my sister made this white chicken chili, froze it in Ziplocs and then warmed it up in a dutch oven for dinner. It was pretty slick for campground cooking. I’m all about doing the prep work at home ahead of time where my dishwasher can do the dirty work for me!

Creamy Crockpot White Chicken Chili - A family favorite made healthier, and so easy too! No cream of chicken soup or seasoning packets.

It’s one of my family’s favorite meals in the wintertime, and I’ve made a few changes to make the recipe a little healthier. The original recipe calls for canned soup and a packet of taco seasoning, and I simply made a white sauce that substitutes for the canned soup, and added the spices one by one. This cuts down on the processed food a little bit, and really doesn’t add too much time to the prep.

Creamy Crockpot White Chicken Chili - A family favorite made healthier, and so easy too! No cream of chicken soup or seasoning packets.

It’s convenient because it cooks all day while you do your thing, and then you add the creamy ingredients an hour before serving. Go crazy with the toppings if you can! Fritos, shredded cheese, avocado, cilantro, and sour cream are my favorite. When we go camping again this year, I’m definitely putting white chicken chili on our menu!

Creamy Crockpot White Chicken Chili
 
Ingredients:
  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 14.5 ounce can chicken broth
  • 4.5 ounce can chopped green chiles
  • 15 ounce can white corn, drained
  • 2 15.5 ounce cans white beans, drained (Cannellini or Great Northern are good)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Better Than Bullion chicken base
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
Directions:
  1. Place chicken breasts on the bottom of a crockpot, and add chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chicken broth, green chiles, corn and beans. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. About an hour before serving: In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat. Whisk in flour, and allow to bubble and brown a bit. After a few minutes, gradually whisk in the milk and chicken base.
  3. Allow the sauce to simmer for 4-5 minutes, whisking frequently until it is slightly thickened. Add salt and pepper.
  4. Pour sauce into crockpot and mix to combine.
  5. Add sour cream and mix.
  6. If chicken has not already shredded with stirring, take out large pieces, shred them with two forks, and return to the crockpot.
  7. Let the chicken chili cook on low 1 more hour if you can.

 

Comments

  1. Elizabeth says

    This chili is delicious and my kids even love it! Do you think there would be room in a standard sized crock pot to double the recipe?

    • says

      Elizabeth, I’m so glad you and your kids liked it! In my 5 quart crockpot, I can do a recipe and a half, but not quite a double recipe.

  2. Shara says

    Made this tonight and it was delicious!!! My husband accused me of getting it from a restaurant and trying to pass it off as my own. :). Looking forward to trying some of your other recipes.

  3. Polina says

    Thank you for this recipe! We made a few adjustments based on the ingredients we had (and also because we don’t like spicy) and really enjoyed it.

  4. Wendy says

    As the recipe stands, Is this spicy? My husband does not like spicy but doesnt mind a “little kick”. Would he be happy with this or do I need to adjust it? Thanks

    • says

      Wendy, I would describe this recipe as having just a little kick, but it really isn’t too spicy. My three little boys like to eat it if that helps :)

  5. Kristin M. says

    I came across this recipe today & used it in place of my normal white chicken chili recipe… We tend to prefer things a lil spicier around here so I kicked up the spices a notch, but the recipe provided a perfect base to play with if you like to add your own twist, the consistency was great & my 2 yr old asked for seconds. I also had never tried corn before and it’s a nice addition. Thanks for sharing, will use this again & visit for other recipes!

  6. Rebecca says

    This is in my crockpot right now. I just shredded the chicken and will do the thickening soon. It smells (And so far tastes) absolutely delicious!! Can’t wait for the finished chili. Perfect for this snowy/icy day!!!!

  7. Charlotte says

    Just the other day my husband saw canned white Chili and wondered if it would be good. Uh not. It was canned – yuk. This sounds really good. I think I will make this for him. Thanks

    • says

      I think it would be fine to make the day before. We have definitely enjoyed it leftover. You may just need to add a bit more milk or chicken broth when you reheat it if you find it’s too thick.

  8. Sarah says

    Thank you for sharing your recipe! I made this for a chili cook off today and won 2nd place. I am 99% sure that I didn’t win first place because my chili was the very first one gone, so a lot of people didn’t get to try it out! (More people kept coming after my chili ran out.) I did add some chorizo to it, but otherwise I followed the recipe exactly and it was wonderful. My 2-year-old ate two bowls of it. Thank you! Will definitely make this again!

  9. Denise says

    Can I use regular granulated boullion instead of the Better Than Bullion chicken base? I don’t believe I’ve ever seen that in our stores.

    • says

      Hi Denise, thanks for your question. I think it might be easier to substitute one can of condensed cream of chicken soup for the Better than Bullion Chicken Base, butter, flour, and milk instead of trying to substitute granulated bouillon – Just because you would have to use hot water to dissolve the bullion, and I’m not sure if the extra liquid would be too much for the chili. Hope that is helpful!

  10. Ann says

    Stumbled upon your website while searching for a white bean chicken chili recipe. This recipe is AMAZING! Making it again tomorrow for our houseguests. Hoping to make it a bit creamer and spicier than the last batch. Whether I succeed or not doesnt matter because this is so delicious just the way it is.

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