Recipe Request: Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

by tinareale on January 8, 2014


I think we all know it is cold out there this week. I have lived in the south my entire life, so when I see single digits and negative wind chills…well, I just don’t comprehend that. Yes, I know it is much, much colder elsewhere, but I think we can all agree that, no matter who we are or where we’re at, we’re facing much colder temperatures than we are used to handling. I think we can all agree that it’s cold out there. And I think we can all agree that a nice bowl of warm deliciousness sounds pretty darn good.

Every year on Christmas Eve we enjoy one of my favorite bowls of warm deliciousness – Crock Pot White Chicken Chili. I always make it because it makes a lot, tastes fabulous, and takes all of ten minutes to toss together. I didn’t plan to post this recipe, which you can evidence from the fact that the only photo will be a crummy one from Instagram, but this weather (and quite a few of you via Facebook and Instagram and Twitter comments even weeks later) called for it. So here it is. Perfect timing too, I say.

white chicken chili

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

Serves: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours in the crock pot


  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast
  • 2 large zucchini
  • 1 bell pepper (I generally use green in this recipe)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 can black eyed peas
  • 2 cans Great Northern or cannellini beans
  • 1 can Rotel (or diced tomatoes if prefer less spice)
  • optional extra can of diced green chilies if like even more spice
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (red or black)
  • 3 cups fresh spinach

Instructions: Chop the chicken breast, zucchini, bell pepper, and onion into one inch chunks. Place in slow cooker. Drain and rinse all beans; add to slow cooker. Pour Rotel, chicken broth, and green chilies (if using) over the chicken, vegetables, and beans. Add seasonings. Stir to evenly distribute. Place on slow cooker cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. A few minutes before serving, stir in the fresh spinach and allow it to wilt. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, or whatever other toppings you may desire. Straight up tastes fabulous, as well!

Like I said, not the most fancy recipe post but it is a good recipe. I hope you enjoy it should you decide to try it! And again, please excuse the all too fabulous picture. There’s a reason I don’t do food blogging. Ha!

What’s your favorite meal to warm up with when it is cold outside?


1 Linz @ Itz Linz January 8, 2014 at 7:16 am

i’ve actually never made white chicken chili! but i love all crock pot meals, especially during these cold months!

2 Miz January 8, 2014 at 7:16 am

((sharing in hopes someone wants to offer to make for me :-) ))

3 tinareale January 9, 2014 at 6:56 am

Thanks, Carla! Although, if I can make it without a sweat you can too. I don’t cook. I just toss things together. haha!

4 lindsay January 8, 2014 at 7:41 am

Oh yum! we have a similar family recipe. It’s sooooo good and totally makes us warm on a cold day. Of course, we add guacamole to it. hehe

5 tinareale January 9, 2014 at 6:56 am

Oh, yum!!! I have added avocado before and it is just soooo good.

6 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 8, 2014 at 7:57 am

I said the same thing about the cold on IG Monday night. I get that everyone else is cold but OMG I didn’t think I’d ever see this in ATL. Pass me some chili, please. :)

7 tinareale January 9, 2014 at 6:58 am

I know! And people are like well it’s blah blah blah in such and such city. I don’t care. It’s still COLD for what I’m used to and I don’t like it. You will rarely find me complain of heat (probably why doing a workout in 100 degrees doesn’t phase me). But cold? Let me whine a little when it’s single digits and we normally barely get below freezing. I know you get it.

8 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 8, 2014 at 8:02 am

I have never had chicken chili… but a big pot of chili def warms me up! The hubby will LOVE this!

9 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 8, 2014 at 8:16 am

white chicken chili is my favorite. my mother in law makes a killer version. i love that yours has zucchini!

10 Theresa January 8, 2014 at 9:26 am

I made this on New Year’s Eve after seeing your Facebook post about over Christmas! It was definitely a big hit and it just might become my NYE tradition from here on out! Thanks for sharing?

11 tinareale January 9, 2014 at 7:00 am

I kept having people ask me about it after posting it to Instagram and Facebook, so figured might as well post it. I’m glad it was a hit for you guys!! It’s definitely a Christmas Eve tradition for us since the day is so busy with baking (another tradition) and the last thing I want to do is cook. Haha!

PS – totally knew it was a typo. ;)

12 Theresa January 8, 2014 at 9:27 am

That should totally be a period…not a question mark! ☺️

13 Mark January 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

I made this last weekend but I used shredded sweet potato instead of the zucchini and black beans instead of the black eyed peas. So delicious.

14 tinareale January 9, 2014 at 7:01 am

Love the sweet potato and black bean combo. I do a sweet potato and black bean chili (a recipe from The Fitnessista years ago I think?) and its definitely a favorite!

15 Megan (The Lyons' Share) January 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I make something similar to this all the time! Don’t know what I would do without my crockpot – it’s so nice to be able to toss things in and forget it (besides the delicious smell)!

16 tinareale January 9, 2014 at 7:02 am

I think the only thing that bums me about summer is the lack of crock pot cooking. Too bad soups and chilis aren’t appealing when it’s 90 degrees out. Ha!

17 Tara @ A Daily Dose of Fit January 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I just ate lunch but now I’m hungry again. Thanks for that. ;-)

18 Kierston @candyfit January 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Right now, a nice bowl of PHO :) Soup is so good to warm the heart and soul…oh and body too!

19 tinareale January 9, 2014 at 7:02 am

Would you believe I have never had pho?? I definitely WANT to try it though!

20 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life January 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

Yay! I’m so happy you posted the recipe! I’ve been looking for a good white chicken chili recipe lately, and just havent found one that called to me! But this sounds absolutely wonderful, and I can’t wait to try it out and combat this super cold weather!

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