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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with Green Chilies Recipe

by Jeanette on February 6, 2014 · 20 Comments
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This Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with Green Chilies is perfect for a wintry day. Serve it with lots of fixings for extra fun.
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili © Jeanette's Healthy Living

We’ve been enjoying some comfort food lately, including this most recent chili recipe for Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with Green Chilies. With the cleanup from our water pipe burst finally complete, and all the fans and dehumidifiers gone, it is so nice to have the house back to ourselves for a bit before all the reconstruction begins.

Walls and ceilings have to be rebuilt, shelves rebuilt, floors replaced and refinished and carpets ordered. And, lots and lots of closets and cabinets to empty out and clean through.

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I’ll be out of a kitchen for a bit of time while the floors get replaced in between my stove and kitchen island, and we might have to move out for a few days when the floors are ready to be refinished, but that won’t be for a while.

There’s always a silver lining when disaster seemingly strikes, and I think that in this case, it’s that we are being forced to sort through and clean out ten years worth of buildup sooner than we would have done on our own. It’s scary how much stuff you can accumulate over the years.

So, back to this White Chicken Chili – I’ve been thinking of making this for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to it for whatever reason. I think I was worried my kids wouldn’t like it simply because it wouldn’t look like the chili they’re used to. White food tends to scream boring and bland. To amp up the flavor in this White Chicken Chili, I did three things:

  • Toasted whole cumin and coriander before grinding them
  • Used three types of chili peppers – fresh jalapeno, pickled jalapeno, and fire roasted green chilies
  • Used leftover Chicken “Carnitas Style” which was braised in onions, garlic and spices
  • Served the chili with fun and fresh toppings – diced avocado, chopped scallions, fresh cilantro leaves, Pepper Jack cheese, and baked blue tortilla chips

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with the Fixings

The chili itself is dairy-free, so choose your toppings according to preferences and dietary needs. My husband is lactose intolerant, so he topped his chili with avocado, scallions and cilantro.

To go along with this chili, I made a batch of gluten-free dairy-free Cornbread and Steamed Broccoli with Toasted Garlic Red Pepper Olive Oil.

I gave a container of this White Chicken Chili with Green Chilies to a friend of mine who’s just finishing up her chemotherapy treatments and she said it was the best chicken chili she’s ever had. I was so glad she enjoyed this nutrient rich chili, packed with goodness.

Today, I’m participating in Food Network’s Comfort Food Feast event where Chicken is being featured. Please be sure to check out what my fellow foodie blogger friends made:

The Heritage Cook: Gluten-Free Fried Chicken Cutlets with Madeira Gravy
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Devour: Giada’s Top Chicken Dinners
Taste With The Eyes: Griddled Gochujang Chicken Sandwich, “Kimchi” Slaw and Seaweed Mayo
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Italian Chicken Stew with Olives and Kale
Red or Green?: Oven-Fried Tortilla Chicken Drumsticks
Blue Apron Blog: 5 Not Boring Weeknight Chicken Recipes
Virtually Homemade: Chicken Puttanesca
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Spicy Deep Fried Chicken
Domesticate Me: Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders with Sriracha Honey Mustard (Gluten-Free!)
Dishing with Divya: Couscous with Chicken and Vegetables
In Jennie’s Kitchen: How to Roast a Chicken
FN Dish: Winning Chicken Dinners

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with Green Chilies
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I pureed one can of beans to make a thicker, creamier consistency to this chili. Toasting whole spices and then grinding them is worth the effort for an extra boost of flavor; however, you could certainly use pre-ground spices. For dairy-free option, leave out cheese and Greek yogurt as toppings.
Serves: 6
  • 3 14.5 ounce cans white beans
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1½ teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½-1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, minced
  • 4 sliced pickled jalapenos
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cups Chicken Carnitas or roast chicken, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 4-ounce can fire roasted green chilies
  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • fresh avocado, diced
  • scallions, chopped
  • shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • crumbled tortilla chips
  • fresh lime wedges
  1. Place one can of beans in food processor and process until smooth. Rinse and drain remaining beans. Place in slow cooker.
  2. In a small skillet, toast cumin seeds and coriander seeds until fragrant. Transfer to spice grinder (I use an old coffee grinder) and grind until fine.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add jalapeno pepper, pickled jalapeno, bell peppers, onion, celery and garlic and saute until onions and peppers are soft. Add ground cumin, coriander and ancho chili powder and saute another minute. Add to slow cooker, along with chicken broth, chicken and fire roasted green chilies. Cover and cook on high setting for 4 hours. Serve with toppings as desired.
Adapted from Food Network

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  1. Love my slow cooker! Your chicken chilli looks hearty and warming!

  2. Any recipe that I can use my slow cooker for I am in! I can’t wait to try this. It sounds amazing!

  3. What an awesome chili recipe! And wow-those toppings!
    So sorry to hear about your busted water pipe – here’s hoping the reconstruction goes smoothly and quickly!

  4. I just know this could easily become a favorite meal for me! Love it!

  5. Very nice chili on a cold day! I love the tips on making the chili more flavorful. Hope the floor replacement will go smoothly! :)

  6. You know what’s perfect about this? 2 out of 4 of my kids won’t eat it because they’re wimps with anything spicy (who’s kids are these? 😉 So, all the more for me! I adore green chile and this looks amazing!
    Glad your getting your home put back together!

  7. Jeanette – this looks so delicious! I love the idea of using real chiles to make your chicken chili! 😉

  8. G’day! Looks deliciously healthy Jeanette, true!
    Can’t wait for the cooler weather to add your recipe to my list to do!….Shared…
    Cheers! Joanne

  9. This chili sounds anything BUT bland!! I know I would love to curl up with a bowl.

    Hope all of the reconstruction goes smoothly!!

  10. I’m so glad to hear that the clean up for the water pipe burst is finished and I hope the reconstruction goes smoothly and that it won’t take too long. This chili sounds like the perfect comfort meal especially for a cold wintry day, I love that it’s made in the slow cooker too. It looks so tasty with all the toppings :)

  11. Great looking Slow cooker recipe

  12. Love all the different chile peppers combined in this dish!

  13. This is definitely one of my favourite chilies!

  14. This sounds amazing! I love soups, stews and recipes made in the crockpot! Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!

  15. The busted water pipe stole my heart instead of the recipe ( which I will try as a variation to the one I’ve made for years). What a complete disruption of “life” as you know it. I’m sorry to hear this. On the bright side, look at all the new fixtures and furnishings you get to pick out! Yay- Remodel! Lol. Good luck with everything Jeanette!

    • Thanks Suzi – I’m actually getting used to disruptions in my life believe it or not. Seems there’s at least one a year which has in many ways made me look at things quite differently. In the end, it’s just stuff right, so nothing that can’t be fixed or replaced. Thanks for the well wishes.

  16. I love a warm hearty bowl of chile and this one sounds fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing at Tasty Tuesday. I am featuring it this week. Hope you’ll drop by and share more such wonderful recipes with us.

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