Warm & Cozy Recipes: Healthy, Hearty Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Much like my recent post about Warm & Cozy: Healthy, Hearty Turkey Chili, and especially on a rainy fall day like today, I am looking for ways to transition into the new, cooler season with family favorite recipes that perk up even the most morose summer-lover. I made chili two ways this week at the request of all the guys in the house, and even though the recipes are completely different, they both managed to turn a few frowns upside down.

Shameless share of our sweet Bentley, AKA Adventure Dog, on the James River in Richmond, VA

As mentioned on that Turkey Chili post, our fall-loving Irish Terrier has taught us that being food motivated can get you through just about any situation – from shots to a change in seasons. Honestly, I just wanted to share another shot of our doggo because he’s pretty much the cutest.

I feel like things get real crazy around here from the moment school opens after Labor Day. Suddenly, all of our regular commitments pile on and cooking dinner, which is something I enjoy, gets the squeeze. Gratefully, the cooler weather truly does lend itself to crockpot recipes.

Chili in any form goes over well in this house, and I’ve found that no matter how I make it, the kids devour it. I like to double-up on my recipes so I have enough to last a few days, and this White Chicken Chili recipe truly gets better overnight.

Setting this up in the morning and letting it cook all day long, coming home to a house full of delicious smells and dinner ready to go, makes me feel a little bit like a super hero. The best part is that you put everything into the crockpot at once, without draining the beans or corn, and can even use frozen chicken breasts. I love my crockpot so much, it’s like my handy, reliable little sidekick that I absolutely cannot live without. I own the 8-Quart Oval Crock-Pot, and I love it for several reasons:

  • it’s ovular, which means it can hold a nice roast or tenderloin without having to cut it down
  • it has a glass lid, as opposed to plastic
  • it’s manual, so I can only get myself in so much trouble with the three temperature settings

We’re cilantro-lovers so I’m pretty heavy handed when I add that to the crockpot.

Whether you use the fresh or frozen chicken, I suggest going the full cooking duration for the temperature setting. It doesn’t break down the corn or beans to let it go the full 8 hours on low, or 6 on high, so go for it!

I like to serve mine with lime, avocado, sour cream, jalapeno, and tortilla chips. The whole family really digs in with the Late July Sub Lime Chips.

I hope you enjoy this fast, family-friendly White Chicken Chili! Do you have a favorite crock-pot chili recipe? Which crock-pot do you use and why?


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Rebekah is the mother of two wonderful sons, Michael and Nate. She and her husband, Mike, married in 2002 and have built their family on a foundation of adventure. Between geocaching, camping, hiking, cooking, fishing, crafting, reading, and snuggling their Irish Terrier, Bentley, they enjoy a long and happy career in Scouting. The boys come from a long line of Scouters, including Eagles on all sides. Mike has served as assistant den leader, treasurer, and Pack Committee member, and Rebekah has served as den leader and Cubmaster for Pack 521 out of Mechanicsville, Virginia. LookWiderStillBlog@gmail.com

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