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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Our hearty, bean-free Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili takes just 10 minutes to prep! Great for busy weeknights & freezer meal cooking sessions.

  • Author: The Real Food Dietitians
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 hours
  • Total Time: 7 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Category: Soups & Stews, Paleo, Whole30

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 Tbsp. ghee or avocado oil (for stovetop and Instant Pot versions only)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium bell pepper, any color; diced
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeds and membranes removed and finely diced
  • 6 cloves garlic. minced
  • 2 ½ tsp. ground cumin (add more to taste)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. chili powder (add more to taste)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups organic chicken broth (or homemade bone broth)
  • 1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Fresh cilantro and lime wedges for garnish, optional

Instructions

Slow Cooker Directions

  1. Add onion, peppers, garlic, and spices (cumin through black pepper) to the bottom of a slow cooker. Arrange chicken on top of vegetables in a single layer.
  2. Add broth and place lid on slow cooker.
  3. Set heat to LOW and cook 7-8 hours or until chicken is done and vegetables are tender.
  4. Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred with two forks. Return chicken to slow cooker.
  5. Turn heat to HIGH. Add coconut milk, stir and replace lid. Continue heating an additional 10-15 minutes or until soup is heated through.
  6. Stir in lime juice and cilantro. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve in bowls garnished with chopped cilantro and lime wedges, if desired.

Stovetop Directions

  1. Place a large saucepan with lid (or Dutch oven) over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp. ghee or coconut oil and allow to melt. When ghee just starts to shimmer, add onions and peppers. Saute 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion and peppers start to soften.
  2. Add garlic, cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Continue to cook an additional 30-60 seconds or until fragrant.
  3. Lay chicken in the pan over the onion and pepper mixture. Add 1 cup broth and bring just to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Shred chicken in the pan using two forks.
  4. Add remaining 1 cups of broth and coconut milk and return to a simmer. Cover pan and allow chili to simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice and cilantro. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve in bowls garnished with chopped parsley and lime wedges, if desired.

Instant Pot Directions

  1. Select ‘Saute’ function on Instant Pot
  2. Add oil. When the oil is melted, add onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno.
  3. Saute 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion and peppers start to soften.
  4. Add garlic and spices and cook an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  5. Press ‘Cancel’. Add chicken breasts and 2 cups of broth.
  6. Lock lid into place. Turn the vent valve to ‘Sealing’ position.
  7. Select ‘Manual’ setting and set cook time to 20 minutes.
  8. When cooking time is up, allow pressure to naturally release 5-10 minutes then release remaining pressure using the quick-release method (i.e. flip the vent valve to ‘Venting’ position)
  9. Add coconut milk, lime juice, and fresh cilantro. Stir to combine. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired.

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Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/5 recipe (about 1 ½ cups)
  • Calories: 327
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 676mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 28g