Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with hominy, white beans, chicken and peppers is the perfect, easy white chicken chili of your dreams.
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is a recipe I actually first tried from a friend many years ago (full disclosure she didn’t use the slow cooker). She was the first person I’d seen add hominy to her White Chicken Chili and the flavor was AMAZING.
Most people when making chilis stick to the more classic beans and peppers. Yes this chicken chili has white beans and canned diced green chilis, but the super simple addition of the canned hominy is a game changer for this recipe.
Tips for the perfect White Chicken Chili:
- I use chicken thighs because they hold up better in slow cooker cooking. You can certainly use white meat as well if you’d prefer.
- No prep! There is no prep at all for this recipe, no browning, etc.
- Secret weapon? Chicken Base! I use Better than Bouillon and the added flavors are AMAZING.
- If not using a base use chicken stock instead of broth. Buy unsalted so you control the salt levels of your soup.
- Make this into a slow cooker creamy white chicken chili by adding in cream cheese and sour cream.
- Top with minced fresh jalapeños for extra brightness and fresh flavors.
Looking for more Slow Cooker Soups?
- Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew
- Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup
- Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup
- Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup
- Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup
- Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup
Tools used in the making of this Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili:
3 Qt. Slow Cooker: The perfect size for side dishes for 10-12 people, this slow cooker is an absolute bargain and a workhorse.
Chicken Base: I almost never buy boxes of broth because I keep the beef, chicken and vegetable version of this Better Than Bouillon.
Hominy: This sets the chili apart. You can use corn instead but the flavors of the hominy are creamy, earthy and not overly sweet like corn.
Diced Green Chiles: The perfect easy addition will add a lot of flavor, you won’t want to leave these out.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons chicken base (totally optional but delicious!)
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 1 can (25 oz) hominy drained
- 1 can (14 oz) white beans
- 1 can (4 oz) diced green chilis not drained
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Add all the ingredients to your 4 quart slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
- Shred chicken before serving.
- To make creamy add 1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese in the last hour of cooking, then whisk well.
- Top with freshly minced jalapeños, cilantro, chips, avocados or cheese.
Great recipe but how on earth does this only have 3 grams of protein per serving??
This site has plug in that automatically calculates the nutritional information. If you’re on a specific diet, I would encourage you to calculate the information using your own tool to ensure accuracy. I will let my designer know that it something that needs to be looked into though. Thanks for letting me know.
I cook for my local American Legion and made this recently. It was my soup of the day and sold out with people calling the next day to see if there were any left. I will be making this again
Be better to start with two (2) cups broth and add more as needed. Mine came out a little more liquid that I like. Excellent recipe.
Can you do this in an instant pot?
I’ve not tested it but I’m sure you could. I would recommend looking online for a recipe with similar ingredients and following that as a guide.
I made this for my daughter and husband for dinner tonight and they loved it! The only changes I made was to add an additional can of cannelini beans and a can of butter beans. I also added the cream cheese. The sauce was a little soupy so I was trying to thicken it up a little more. My daughter told me to make sure I make it again.
That sounds very delicious! I love the cream cheese add! If you need to thicken soups, you can always add a cornstarch slurry too. 🙂
I accidentally bought regular chicken stock with that and the added salt I’m afraid it will be too salty. What can I do to lighten it a bit without ruining the flavor?
Oh no, you can always add a raw potato to help add starch to dilute the saltiness. I hope you were still able to enjoy it!
This was incredible! Everyone loved it…thanks!
So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for coming back and letting me know how it turned out!
This recipe is delicious and super easy! This weekend we had a cold snap and I wanted white chicken chili, but didn’t have a recipe in my collection, so I found this one. We only had 3 thighs, but I also wanted to put some bell pepper in, so I just considered the 2 small bell peppers I added as my 4th thigh, haha. SO GOOD!
My husband likes spicy, so he thought it needed a little something extra, like crushed red pepper, but I was thinking maybe cayenne would go well. I’ll try a little of that the next time I make it. I, however, liked it as is! I topped mine with some shredded monterey jack cheese, and a handful of fritos! I’m having leftovers today for lunch, and I can’t wait! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!
Thanks for dropping by to let me know! I’m so glad you guys enjoyed it! Stay warm!
Confused, ingredients does not list 8 ounces of cream cheese but the instructions does. To be added?
I will make over the weekend.
Sorry for the confusion. You only need to add the cream cheese if you’d like this to be a creamy version.
Delicious. Loved it! Thanks
Thanks for the 5 stars, Mari.
Waaooo.. Thanks for sharing 🙂
You’re welcome Mark!
Very good but don’t need to salt the chicken if you use the chicken base with your broth. Also used morebeans and added diced jalapeños wild cooking. Added sour cream at the end for a bit of creaminess.
I definitely want to try adding the hominy now!
I’d love to know what you think after trying it!
Oh my! This looks so good! i want to warm up with a big bowl now!
I am warming up just thinking about this soup!
This looks so hearty for winter! I love that you can use the slow cooker, too!
Yep, slow cooker for the win!!
I am somewhat confused about the Slow Cooker White Chicken recipe. Do you use the chicken base in place of the chicken broth, or both?
You’ll want to use both the broth and the chicken base for this recipe. Use the base to make the broth and then add extra base to pump in more flavor. Hope this clears up any confusion. Enjoy!
I love how convenient this is! Slow cooker recipes are the best!
Definitely a life saver during the busyness of life!
WOW this looks and sounds delicious! I will definitely be making this!