Slow Cooker Recipes: White Chicken Chili


This white chicken recipe is part of a delicious frugality series called How to stretch a whole chicken into many healthy meals. To start this plucky series from the beginning, read the clucky introduction.

White chicken chili is an easy, tasty, and frugal recipe for those looking to make the most from leftover chicken. Because many chicken recipes prepared in a slow cooker or crock pot call for raw chicken, I invented my own version to make do with the ingredients I had on hand.

I encourage you to always look in your refrigerator and pantry and see what can be used before hitting the stores. The smartest way to keep your food budget frugal is to shop at home first, prevent food spoilage by working with the ingredients you have, and invent new and tasty meals based on old favorites.

White Chicken Chili Ingredients:

This recipe makes about 4 servings. Go ahead and use more or less chicken, beans, or add in a few vegetables for fun. Again, use what you have and you can’t go wrong.

3-Step Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

This is an especially easy recipe to make in your crock pot or slow cooker if you have cooked chicken in the fridge waiting for a recipe. Here’s how to make white chicken chili in three simple steps:

Step One: In your slow cooker, add chopped cooked chicken, chicken stock, cooked or canned white kidney beans, onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.

Step Two: Stir. Cover and cook on high for around 3 hours.

Step Three: Add chopped coriander and lime juice. Heat until coriander is warm.

Serve with quinoa, rice, or bread. I usually enjoy this dish with a side of vegetables.

Read the rest of this chicken stretching series:

Frugal Chicken Series:
  1. Introduction
  2. 1 Organic Chicken, 22 Meals, $49 Bucks
  3. Oven baked whole chicken
  4. Homemade Chicken Stock
  5. White Chicken Chili
  6. Chicken Noodle Soup
  7. Chicken Stew
  8. Chicken and Lentil Soup


  1. Becca February 1, 2011 at 8:28 am

    In the picture for step one there is something green that looks like salsa verde. Did I miss that in the ingredients? Or is that something else? BTW, this looks fabulous. I think I am going to try your whole chicken, 22 meals concept. Thanks!

  2. Kerry February 1, 2011 at 8:31 am

    @Becca The green stuff is the canned chopped green chilies. It looks weird, but tastes amazing. 🙂

  3. Tim Riley June 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Looks really yummy! Great blog series. I love your advice to shop at home first. I always look in the fridge, in the fruit bowl, and in the dry goods stack to assess what ingredients can be combined in mix. Household and food efficiency starts with eliminating senseless waste by being creative with what we already have. Thank you for the reminder and for the great recipe. I will make this one with butter beans or fava beans.

  4. Ravi June 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Slow Cooker?

  5. Kerry June 21, 2011 at 8:35 am

    @Ravi See Crock-Pot vs. Slow Cooker. 🙂

  6. Ravi June 22, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Aye thanks, I’ll look into it! 😀

  7. Gin July 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Kerry, After trying your “Chicken & Lentil Soup” which was very good, I am now planning to cook “Black Bean Soup”. Can you please tell me how much stock or water should be added to this recipe. I am sooking the black bean tonight and cooking tomorrow. Your fast respond is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Gin

  8. Janette July 23, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I made this and it was very spicy, I doubled the batch but didn’t use double the spices or green chili’s. So which one of the spices in the recipe is the hottest so I can back way off next time. My mother in law and sister in law will get this batch, since it’s too spicy for us.

  9. Les January 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Kerry,

    Love the blog. Could you tell me the brand and size of the green chilies in the white chili recipe. I bought a 127 ml. old el paso size for $1.99 and could not believe the price (Loblaws). Is that what you used?

    Also loved your comments on “new” sizes on certain foods. Called “right sizing” it has really taken over the bread industry with rising flour prices. After Christmas (during a sale and using a giftcard!) I finally bought a breadmaker and I was hoping you could do a segment on these appliances and the comparison to a ready make product (like the article on slow cookers). While the price dif is not as dramatic as I would like, it is noticeable as well as the bonus of recognizable ingredients.
    Thanks for all the great tips Kerry,

  10. Jace February 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I agree with Les, a blog on Breadmakers and the cost difference would be great!

  11. Adam March 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I have to say that crockpot recipes are my favorite by a mile. I love being able to throw everything in a big pot and know that dinner will be ready by the time I come back home. This looks really delicious, and I’ll definitely be adding this to my recipe collection!


  12. Sharon August 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Just found you and this web sight I LOVE IT boy am I a happy person we only est organic meat so this chicken thing will be wonderful….. got anymore chicken dishes ????? I only pulled u about 8 of them Thanks for the great work, sharon

  13. Breena October 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I have been going through your entire Frugal Chicken series in order and I just got through making this – it’s so tasty!! It is spicy but not unbearably so, especially if folks are used to cooking with/eating hot peppers, chilies, curries, etc and am glad I used the amounts indicated. I can’t wait to try the remaining dishes!

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