Easy White Chicken Chili Recipe – Only Four Ingredients

April 23, 2009 · 24 comments

No, you’re not going crazy, I did post another white chicken chili recipe – it was last winter when it was actually chili weather.  But an easy recipe is good anytime, and with only 4 ingredients and the fact that you cook it in the crock-pot, this one is perfect for crazy days when you need to throw something together quick! I’ll be adding it to the “our version of fast food these days” list.

Also, scroll down for another version of this that we all love…

Lyn3Lyn’s Easy White Chicken Chili Crock-Pot Recipe

  • 4 Chicken breasts (or leftover chicken) – buy from local farms with pastured chickens
  • 3 (15oz) cans Great Northern beans, undrained
  • 16 oz. Monterey Jack cheese (or raw cheese!)
  • 1 jar of your favorite salsa (Lyn suggests you puree’ it in the food processor first, so there are no chunks to scare off the kids.  My suggestion:  buy organic if you can.)

Lyn’s directions:

Boil chicken breast and pull apart (I typically use leftovers from a roasted chicken or one that I boiled previously for stock). Combine chicken, beans, cheese and salsa in a crock-pot and cook on low all day or on high 2 or 3 hours. Eat with nacho chips on top and a dollop of sour cream.

I make this with homemade chicken stock and drop in frozen chicken breasts into the crock that morning with the organic salsa – so simple!  We wait and add the cheese before serving, along with the sour cream and organic nacho chips.

A similar recipe:

***I also love this recipe with black beans (2 cans), corn (I use 2 cups of frozen), and cream cheese (add 8 oz. cream cheese about a half hour before serving) – it’s so good and just as simple!  I also add sea salt, a pinch of sugar, garlic powder, & onion to this recipe.

My notes:

  • When buying nacho chips, I buy organic to avoid GMO’s!
  • FYI:  If you don’t make homemade sour cream yet, Daisy brand sour cream has a nice, short ingredient label.
  • DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPER EASY AND NUTRITIOUS RECIPES YOU’RE WILLING TO SHARE?  If so, I’d love to post them, please email them to me, preferably with a picture of yourself that I could use in the post!  (Or tell me if you’d rather stay anonymous.)
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    1 Teena April 23, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Can chicken broth be used instead of chicken stock?

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    2 Kelly April 23, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Teena!
    Yes, it’s pretty much the same thing – try to use homemade if you can! (Read at this post what the “official” difference is between the two: http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2009/01/part-1-health-benefits-of-bone-broth-homemade-stock-beef-chicken-turkey-etc.html, and in part 2 it tells how to make it.)
    Kelly

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    3 IssacsWife April 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Kroger natural sour cream also has a short ingredient list.

    ………now I read labels ALL the time – something I only used to do the first time I tried a new brand and now its a constant thing since you never know when they are going to change the ingredients and not tell you………………well today it was the blue cheese dressing, sugar replaced with HFCS. :'( which I just use to eat wings with and not salad. sigh

    On another note has anyone had any luck buying cottage cheese that is not made with skim milk?

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    4 Rhvonda Launsby February 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Yeah. I onlybuy Daisy sourcream and cottage cheese they have no nonos in it love it I emailed them when I discovered they did not use cornstarch and guar gum and they sent me huge stack of coupons so I’m gonna be loyal

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    5 Nancy April 23, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I have a similar recipe. I use black beans, salsa and corn. When the chicken is done, you can shred it and add a block of cream cheese. When the cheese is melted stir it in. It makes a cream sauce. I usually leave the corn out. Last week to save money I used a can of tomatoes and added cilantro and onion instead of the salsa (much cheaper!). Yummy! I love it wrapped in a tortilla.

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    6 Kelly April 25, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Nancy, my mouth is watering!
    Isaacswife, I hope someone responds about the cottage cheese, I’d like to know, too!

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    7 Susanna April 28, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Do you really have to cook the chicken first? Seems like several hours in the pot would guarantee that it’s cooked.

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    8 Kelly May 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    No, but if you’re using a whole chicken you can cook it first and pull the meat off so it’s ready for this recipe.

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    9 darnold23 October 6, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I love white chicken chili. I guess there must be a zillion versions, but yours sounds tasty AND easy. Thanks for sharing it. I would love for you to post to Crock Pot Wednesday. Come check it out.

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    10 Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet April 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    That is an easy recipe! I’d probably use dark meat because I am a fan, and it’s cheaper. Yum!

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    11 Beck October 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I made this recipe but used a can of chicken broth an blended one can of beans won 2 nd place in a work chili contest….my cheese did get clumpy but still tasted great wondering what I did wrong with the cheese……

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    12 %kelly the kitchen kop% via Facebook February 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    For super super simple white chili, I use this http://shop.maryannsbeans.com/White-Chili-Mix-10013.htm

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    13 %kelly the kitchen kop% via Facebook February 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    ooh, thanks! I wouldn’t use canned beans though.

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    14 %kelly the kitchen kop% via Facebook February 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I have organic, but yes, not as good as the kind you soak yourself. I’ve only just began liking beans in the last few years, so I’m new to cooking with them!

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    15 %kelly the kitchen kop% via Facebook February 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    HA!! I’m making that tonight too!!

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    16 %kelly the kitchen kop% via Facebook September 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Have a great first day! :)

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    17 %kelly the kitchen kop% via Facebook September 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Hope you had a great first day!

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    18 Jody October 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Kelly,
    My favorite method for cooking beans! I make a batch and separate it into 2 cup portions and freeze them for later use. Super easy!
    http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2010/12/how-to-cook-dried-beans-in-crockpot.html

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    19 Rachel July 2, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Approximately how many does this recipe serve?

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    20 KitchenKop July 3, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I’d say about 6 with a little bit of leftovers depending on how big your eaters are. :)

    Kelly

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