The slow cooker works well melding the flavors of leftover chicken, beans, fresh herbs and seasonings for a simple white chicken chili.

Yield: 6 servings

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Nutritional Highlights: Slash the sodium up to 45% in the beans by draining and rinsing thoroughly before using.

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Recipe From: Illinois Farm Bureau Partners


  • 2 cups leftover or rotisserie chicken
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 6 cups chicken stock (leftover or canned)
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) great northern beans
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground cumin
  • ¼-½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 6 green onions, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • sour cream for garnish, optional

Tips & Notes

Use the leftovers from our Slow Cooker Roast Chicken recipe to make this chili, or buy pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from your grocery store to save time.



  1. In a large, heavy frying pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon canola oil and the chicken. Brown chicken slightly to bring out the flavor. Add the onion, 1 teaspoon salt, several grinds of pepper and sauté until the onion is soft. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin and cayenne to taste, and stir together for 2-3 minutes to release the flavors.

  2. Transfer contents to the slow cooker. Add the chicken stock, beans and bay leaf. Turn slow cooker on high and let cook for 6 to 8 hours.

  3. Discard bay leaves. Ladle the chili into bowls. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with green onions and cilantro.

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  1. Jessy Yancey says:

    Linked up at Farm Girl Friday.

  2. Kathy, The Chicken Chick says:

    Hello, new follower here! This dish sounds delicious.

    I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    The Chicken Chick

  3. Darla says:

    How many people does the White Bean Chicken Chili serve?