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Easy Crockpot White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese

This Easy Crockpot White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese is deliciously creamy with savory chicken, beans, and a hint of spicy chiles all together in a cream cheese broth. Enjoy it topped with tortilla chips, cilantro, or avocado for a filling weeknight meal.

2 bowls of white chicken chili topped with avocado, cilantro, and tortilla strips with a crock pot next to it.

The Creamiest White Chicken Chili

One of my family’s favorite go-to soups is this White Chicken Chili recipe. It is so flavorful with savory chicken, white beans, a just a little bit of spice from the green chiles marinating in the slow cooker. Once we add the cream cheese it becomes incredibly smooth and creamy. I always add avocado, cilantro, and tortilla strips to top it off for the best comfort food on cool winter nights or as a main meal all year round.

Why You Will Love This Recipe


Easy: It is made with just a few ingredients and doesn’t take long to prep.

Delicious: Warm and creamy that tastes fantastic with tortilla chips or cornbread.

Popular: Both kids and adults love this tasty chili.

2 bowls of white chicken chili topped with avocado, cilantro, and tortilla strips with a crock pot full of chili next to it.

Ingredients

  • Chicken– Boneless skinless chicken breasts are my personal favorite for this recipe. Chicken thighs could also be used for a richer, savory flavor.
  • White Beans– Cannellini, Great Northern, or Navy beans would all taste good in this soup.
  • Green Chiles– These add a little kick of spicy flavor. Use mild or hot depending on your preference of spiciness.
  • Corn– This adds a hint of sweetness and texture. Canned or frozen would work well.
  • Chicken Broth– Regular or low-sodium chicken broth is the base for the chili. You can substitute with 4 cups of water and 2 chicken bouillon cubes.
  • Onion– Diced yellow, white, or red onion can be used.
  • Cilantro– While this is completely optional, I think it adds a robust flavor that is so delicious in this chili.
  • Garlic Powder– Substitute with 2 cloves of fresh garlic if you prefer.
  • Cumin, Chili Powder, Oregano, Salt, and Pepper– These bring together all. the savory flavors.
  • Cream Cheese– Room temperature cream cheese or Neufchâtel blends so much easier than when it is cold. You can soften cream cheese by leaving it out on the counter wrapped for about an hour or microwave unwrapped for a minute.

How to Make White Chicken Chili

This soup is easy to make. All you have to do is:

  1. Add ingredients to the crockpot: Add the chicken, chiles, corn, onion, beans, cilantro, chicken broth, garlic, cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker and stir together.
  2. Cook: Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for around 3-4 hours or 6-8 hours on low until the chicken is tender.
  3. Shred the chicken: Remove the chicken using tongs and shred it using two forks. Add it back to the chili and stir.
  4. Add cream cheese: Slowly stir in the room-temperature cream cheese until it is nice and creamy. Serve and enjoy!

*See the recipe card at the bottom of the page for detailed instructions and a list of ingredients.

Storage Options

To refrigerate: Store any leftovers in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

To freeze: This chili can be frozen before adding the cream cheese in an air-tight container for up to 2 months. I do not recommend freezing after the cream cheese has been added since it tends to separate and change the texture.

Variation Ideas and Toppings

  • Make it cheesy with a variety of cheeses like Cheddar, Colby Jack, or Pepper Jack.
  • Switch up the beans with black, kidney, or chili beans.
  • Spice it up with some diced jalapeños or hot sauce.
  • Add a dollop of sour cream for extra creaminess.
  • Top it with diced avocado, extra cilantro, a squeeze of lime, or tortilla strips.
  • Serve with tortilla chips, cornbread, crackers, Fritos, or Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
a large spoon scooping out white chicken chili from a crock pot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I leave out the cream cheese?

The cream cheese can be left out if you would like a dairy-free chili option.

How can I thicken white chili?

Make a slurry with 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water or milk and add it to the slow cooker. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.

a scoop of white chicken chili on a spoon with 2 bowls and a crock pot behind it.

Helpful Tips

* Use spicy green chiles to give it an extra kick of flavor.

* Use an immersion blender and blend one can of white beans before adding to the Crock Pot to make it extra thick and creamy.

*To quickly bring cream cheese to room temperature, microwave for 15-20 seconds.

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2 bowls of white chicken chili topped with avocado, cilantro, and tortilla strips with a crock pot next to it.

Easy Crockpot White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese

Braghan
This Easy Crockpot White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese is deliciously creamy with savory chicken, beans, and a hint of spicy chiles all together in a cream cheese broth. Enjoy it topped with tortilla chips, cilantro, or avocado for a filling weeknight meal.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 404 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 15 ounces canned whole-kernel corn drained
  • 31 ounces canned Cannellini, Great Northern, or Navy beans drained (2 cans)
  • 8 ounces canned green chiles
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature

Instructions
 

  • In the bottom of a slow cooker, add all the ingredients except the cream cheese.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours until the chicken is cooked through. Turn off the slow cooker and remove the lid.
  • Remove the chicken shred with two forks, then return to the slow cooker.
  • Slowly stir in the cream cheese until smooth.

Toppings Ideas

  • Enjoy various toppings like diced avocado, cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream, or tortilla chips.

Notes

Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. Freeze chili without cream cheese for up to 2 months.
Helpful Tips
  • Thicken chili with a slurry of 1/4 cup cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water or milk. Add this to the slow cooker and cook on high for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • Make it spicy with hot green chilies or diced jalapenos.
  • Room temperature cream cheese helps to prevent it from curdling. To quickly bring it to room temperature, microwave unwrapped for 15 seconds.
*Nutritional values and cook times are approximate due to differences in appliance and product selections.

Nutrition

Serving: 6gCalories: 404kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 32gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1486mgPotassium: 453mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gCalcium: 88mgIron: 3mg
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Nutrition Facts
Easy Crockpot White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese
Serving Size
 
6 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
404
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
10
g
63
%
Cholesterol
 
109
mg
36
%
Sodium
 
1486
mg
65
%
Potassium
 
453
mg
13
%
Carbohydrates
 
23
g
8
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
32
g
64
%
Calcium
 
88
mg
9
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    This white chicken chili is so delicious and the cream cheese makes it so rich and creamy! Thanks for sharing another easy family crockpot recipe!

5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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