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Crazy Simple Rocking Crockpot Chicken Chili

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My favorite mid-week meals are super easy to throw together and have simple ingredients that I usually have on hand at any given time.

This delicious crockpot chicken chili is a stand-out “go-to.” And the best part is that it is super simple to throw together on a busy morning and come home to a warm home-cooked hearty chili that “slaps,” as the kids say. It has become a family favorite for a reason!

Life is crazy enough without making it more challenging by making a meal that requires a lot of time! I do enjoy the process of cooking a delicious meal. But some days ain’t nobody got time for that.

With a bit of prep and minimal effort, you can get a fabulous meal on the table in less time than it would take you to get take out! I am ALL for that! Some may call it lazy; I call it smart!

A while ago, I stumbled upon the original recipe for this crockpot white chicken chili on Rita’s Recipes. How could you go wrong??! The recipe looked like a winner, so I gave it a try. The first time I made it was good, and my family gobbled it up.

Photo of Crockpot Chicken Chili served in a large decorative bowl topped with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.
This Crockpot Chicken Chili is a Thueson household favorite!

But by nature, I am a constant recipe tweaker. I tweak with a recipe until it is perfect! So after a couple of my infamous tweaks, I found the winning combination for the best crockpot chicken chili.

This crockpot chicken chili has a robust southwestern vibe, which makes it sooo good! With winter creeping up on us and nothing but chilly days ahead, you’ll want this one in your arsenal. But, I firmly believe Chili is a dish that can be eaten YEAR round! And with fresh lime squeezed on top, some sour cream, avocados, and fresh cilantro, this can be a fresh and light spring/summer dish as well! So no matter the season you stumble upon this recipe, you’ll love it.

5 from 6 votes

Rockn’ Crockpot Chicken Chili

This easy ROCKN’ crockpot chicken chili recipe will have your whole family coming back for seconds! 
Course Dinner, slow cooker
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, Crock Pot, Slow Cooker
Servings 8
Author Andie Thueson


  • 2 Two boneless skinless chicken breasts I throw them frozen and all
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 can chicken broth his gives it more of a soup consistency
  • 1 pkg frozen corn {I am a corn snob we don't do canned corn but feel free if you have a can on hand}
  • 1 can black beans rinsed — this is the most time-consuming part
  • 1 packet of dry ranch seasoning
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 can fire-roasted green chilis
  • 1 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 TBS Cumen


  1. Put the chicken in the crock pot.
  2. Top with the tomatoes, corn,
  3. the drained and rinsed beans,
  4. ranch dressing, cumin, and taco seasoning,
  5. stir to combine.

  6. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring one or twice

  7. Remove the chicken breasts and shred the chicken.

  8. Place chicken back into your slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients

  9. Add cream cheese and let cook for an additional 30 minutes

  10. Serve warm and top with your favorite toppings. > See my list for suggestions

Close up of Crockpot Chicken Chili. Photo shows the chili served with melted shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. fresh limes are in the background
So creamy and delicious!

This slow cooker chicken chili recipe tastes best topped with your favorite toppings: Here are some ideas that our family loves:

  • Fresh limes and lime juice
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh Jalapenos
  • Fresh Bell Pepper
  • Red Onion
  • Avocado
  • Shredded cheese. Cheddar cheese or pepper jack cheese works great.
  • A dollop of sour cream
  • Green onions
  • Tortilla strips
  • Tortilla Chips

I frequently get asked the following questions:

Can I make this chicken chili with rotisserie chicken?

Of course, you’ll need to adjust your cooking time down to 2-3 hours on low, enough to let the flavors meld. You could also use shredded chicken that you meal-prepped earlier in the week. I have done this a couple of times and always had tasty results.

Can I use skinless chicken thighs?

I have not tried using thighs, but I would assume you shouldn’t have a problem.

Do I have to use black beans?

You can use whatever beans you like! Cannellini beans or other white beans would work well. Pinto beans, navy beans, or kidney beans would all work well.

What if the Chicken Chili is dry or too thick?

You can always add more liquid to thin it out. I recommend adding more chicken broth, but if you wanted to make it even creamier, you could add heavy cream.

How long does chicken chili keep in the fridge?

In an airtight container, it should last 5-7 days.

Can I make Chicken Chili on the stovetop?

Yes, you’ll need to cook over medium heat and watch your chicken breasts to make sure they are cooked thoroughly. (Or use cooked chicken!)

Can I make Slow Cooker Chicken Chili in my Instant Pot?

Yes, use this handy Slow Cooker To Instant Pot Conversion Chart

Trust me; this creamy white chicken chili recipe is a keeper!

As you can see, this crockpot chicken chili dinner is a cinch to throw together. It is perfect for those hectic busy days. My family LOVES this one, and I have been making it for years now, and I would consider it one of my default “go-to’s.”

I mean, look at it!! And with healthy tomatoes, black beans, and corn – my kiddos are getting a “healthy-ish” meal that I can be okay with and that they are excited about veggies and all!

For more “EASY family-friendly Dump and Go-To Slow Cooker Recipes, Check these out!

{Resources For Recipe} 

  • 6 Quart Slow Cooker  – This is the perfect size for families! And with the snap-on lids will help prevent spills and be brought to BBQs and Potlucks without any hint of a spill!
  • Slow Cooker Liners!  – If you have not heard of crockpot/slow cooker liners, let me be the first to fill you in!! They are awesome! When you’re done cooking and serving your meal – scoop any leftovers if there are any. And then grab the bag and throw it away – clean up done!!! They work so well! You’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. LOL! {See Video – to see how they work}

Happy Cooking + Much Love!

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*This post was originally posted in February of 2013. Updated on Nov 8th, 2021 to include updated instructions in regards to when to put the cream cheese in and answering many readers’ frequently asked questions.


  1. Rob and Jenn says:

    Gotta try this one. Love checking out your blog! Keep the yummy recipes coming!

    1. Andie Thueson says:

      Thanks for checking out my bloggity blog!! You&#39;ll love this one it&#39;s a hit at our house 🙂 <br />

  2. Jennifer Lindstrom says:

    I totally made this last night and it was Deeeeelicious! Everyone loved it and my very picky 6 year old even had two helpings because it was &quot;so good!&quot; Thanks for the great recipe! Love your blog!

  3. Yum! I think I&#39;ve had tried something similar to this but this recipe looks soo good!! Crockpot meals are the best! I will have to try this recipe!<br />Rachel @ R&amp;R Workshop

  4. Can I use chicken thighs?

    1. I don’t see why not, I bet the extra fat on the thighs will give a nice boost in flavor!

      1. Amalie Verdin says:

        Also can I use diced tomatoes or chili tomatoes..? My store was out of rotel.

  5. Laura Reese says:

    5 stars
    Such a DELICIOUS MEAL! We loved the flavors.

  6. 5 stars
    Ummm…. yesss! More like yumm… yess! This was so easy to make and a life savior recipe when I don’t know what to make.

  7. 5 stars
    So easy and so good, definitely one to add to my rotation!

  8. 5 stars
    Definitely minimal effort prepping this and it turned out so delicious!

  9. 5 stars
    Love the name!! We love chili at our house, especially when it’s as cheesy as this!

  10. 5 stars
    This is seriously amazing!! Perfect addition to our weekly menu!

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