Slow Cooker Creamy White Chicken Chili

Flavor packed slow cooker creamy white chicken chili with cheddar cheese. A hearty meal, perfect for cooler months!

Slow cooker creamy white chicken chili with cheddar cheese recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Okay Gilmore Girls fans…We’re officially less than two months away from the premiere! As if you needed me to tell you, but I’m just that excited. And now lots of cute clips of the cast keep popping up, which is only adding to my excitement. I love the behind the scenes shots and interviews. Such a fun tease leading up to the show! I re-watched the entire series earlier this year but since Netflix removed Psych, which we’d been watching from the beginning, I’m seriously tempted to watch some of Gilmore Girls again. It’s one of those shows that I can watch over and over again and never get sick of it. Everyone has a few of those. Another of mine… Friends. I can catch an episode on a whim and still enjoy every second of it.

It’s funny how Fall hits and suddenly comfort food is all you think about… along with apple and pumpkin everything! Or at least that’s how it’s been for me! I’m so ready for all things comfort food. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll definitely miss warmer lazy summer days, grilling and all of the fresh summer produce. But… hearty warm food wins out. I can’t change the weather, so I’ll happily embrace the food to go along with the season.

Slow cooker creamy white chicken chili with cheddar cheese recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I have always loved white chicken chili and creamy soups. So… I combined two of my favorite comforting dishes into one amazing meal!

The result..

A thick and creamy white chicken chili! This hearty and flavorful meal is packed full of chicken, veggies, beans… and cheese! I’m positive this will be made many times in the coming months.

A perfect meal to warm up with during the cooler months! And, it’s so easy to whip up in the slow cooker, you can’t pass this one up!

Add this creamy slow cooker white chicken chili to your dinner plans! The entire family is going to love it!

Slow cooker creamy white chicken chili with cheddar cheese recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Slow Cooker Creamy White Chicken Chili

Flavor packed slow cooker creamy white chicken chili with cheddar cheese. A hearty meal, perfect for cooler months!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time4 hours 40 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow cooker, Soup
Servings: 8 plus



  • 1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast uncooked and fully thawed
  • 1 C yellow onion chopped
  • 1 C green bell pepper chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 : 8.75oz can corn drained (roughly 1C)
  • 3 : 15oz cans norhern white beans drained and rinsed well
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp gound white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 C chicken broth
  • 6 oz white cheddar cheese freshly shredded
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 3 Tb all purpose flour


  • Seasoned tortilla strips
  • Green onions chopped
  • ground black pepper
  • Baguette slices to serve with


  • To the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow cooker, add chicken, vegetables, beans, seasonings, bay leaves and broth. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours.
  • When the initial cook time is up, remove and discard bay leaves. Remove chicken breasts and shred with forks, set aside. Add cheese to slow cooker, stirring until melted. Combine heavy cream and flour, whisking until smooth. Add heavy cream mixture to slow cooker, stirring gently until combined. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker. Cover and continue cooking for an additional 30-45 minutes or until desired thickness is reached. 
  • Serve warm with seasoned tortilla strips, chopped green onions and a dusting of ground black pepper. Serve with baguette slices on the side. 


Homemade or store bought seasoned tortilla strips may be used.
Recipe serves roughly 8-12.
Gluten free option: substitute 1 1/2Tb cornstarch for the flour.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Slow cooker creamy white chicken chili with cheddar cheese recipe from @bakedbyrachel
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24 Responses to “Slow Cooker Creamy White Chicken Chili”

  1. #
    Peppermint Dolly — October 7, 2016 at 6:22 am

    This looks fantastic! I’ve never tried chilli chicken, but it looks amazing and I love that you’ve topped it with tortilla strips, must give it a whirl!


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      Rachel — October 8, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Thanks so much!

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    Kim C. — October 7, 2016 at 7:52 am

    This looks so good but I don’t have a slow-cooker

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      Rachel — October 8, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Thanks, Kim!

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    Healthy Seasonal Recipes — October 7, 2016 at 8:05 am

    I love to make soup in my slow cooker!! This looks like a yummy, hearty and very comforting soup for the cooler weather!!

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      Rachel — October 8, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Thanks so much!

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    Kristen — October 7, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Oh Rachel, I wish I could dive into this bowl on this raining weekend.

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      Rachel — October 8, 2016 at 8:39 am

      You should! :)

  5. #
    Heather Kinnaird — October 7, 2016 at 10:06 am

    so now I want to binge on Gilmore Girls and this chili!! Delicious

    • #
      Rachel — October 8, 2016 at 8:39 am

      You definitely do!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — October 7, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I just started watching all the seasons of Gilmore Girls again last week, I’m so excited for the new episodes! White chicken chili is my favorite, I can’t wait to try this! Have a great weekend!

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      Rachel — October 8, 2016 at 8:39 am

      The perfect show to binge watch! And thank you! :)

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — October 7, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I CAN’T WAIT FOR GILMORE GIRLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Rachel — October 8, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Eek! :)

  8. #
    Mary — October 13, 2016 at 11:27 am

    My slow cooker is out, and I don’t plan on putting it away until spring shows her beautiful little head. I’ve been making hearty soups, and this recipe is perfect Sunday football. I’m so excited for the return of Gilmore Girls, brings back great teenage memories when I didn’t have a care in the world.

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      Rachel — October 14, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      I hope you enjoy it, Mary! :)

  9. #
    Mrs Major Hoff — October 13, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Looks fantastic! A must try since this week is all rainy!

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      Rachel — October 14, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks so much!

  10. #
    Cara — October 16, 2016 at 11:15 am

    can you use already cooked shredded chicken for this recipe?

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      Rachel — October 17, 2016 at 7:16 am

      It should be okay, just be sure not to add it until towards the end of the cooking cycling, since you just want it to be warmed up.

  11. #
    Eileen — November 3, 2016 at 10:53 am

    This white chicken chili sounds delicious. What could I substitute for all that cream (cholesterol problems). I know it would not be as good with whole milk, but do you think that would work. If not, I am going to dive in and use the cream

    I am planning to have the lasagne soup on the weekend after thanksgiving. Easy to serve yourself while you enjoy family company.

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      Rachel — November 4, 2016 at 7:22 am

      You could try blending a portion of the beans with some chicken broth instead. It will give a thick and creamy texture without using heavy cream.

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    Natalie — December 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I realize this is a slow cooked meal and I have a slow cooked. But can this also be done a fast way on those nights you don’t have all that time?

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      Rachel — December 21, 2016 at 9:41 am

      That’s the beauty of slow cooker recipes, they’re best for those busy nights! Toss everything in early in the day and you don’t have to worry about dinner. However, you could attempt to do it as a stovetop, if you’re familiar with general timing and process for stovetop soup. I don’t have specific timing or instructions for you, for that method though. Good luck.

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