Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili

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I love Ruby Tuesday’s White Bean Chicken Chili, so I decided to get to work in my kitchen to re-create this wonderful chili recipe at home! This white bean chicken chili is made with hearty white beans, and tender chicken, which makes it very satisfying! It’s sure to ‘hit the spot’ during a chilly day...and it just so happens to have the added bonus of being figure friendly!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 8 hours.


Place all of the ingredients in Crock Pot, and cook over low heat for 8 hours. (Note: There is no need to cook chicken before adding to the crockpot!)


1.25 lbs Boneless/skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
2 cupsChicken broth
1(11 oz) Can white corn, drained 1
2(15 oz) Cans Great Northern Beans, drained 2
1Small white onion, chopped
1(4 oz) Can green chiles, chopped
1 (14 oz) Can diced tomatoes.drained
1/2 tspGarlic powder
1 pktWhite Bean Chili Seasoning Mix 1 (or 1-2 tbs chili seasoning)
After Cooking Stir In:1/2 cup Fat free sour cream (or plain lowfat Greek yogurt)
Optional Garnishes: 1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped, pinch of sugar substitute (I like the subtle sweet flavor it adds!)

1 I like to puree one can of beans in my blender for a thicker chili!

2 I used the white bean chili season packet by McCormick

Katie's Tip!

If you don't have a crockpot, you can make this chili on the stovetop in a large pot over medium heat. Cook for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Breakdown

8 1 Cup Servings
165 Calories per Cup
1.5 g Fat
22 g Carbohydrate
4 g Fiber
4 g Sugar
20 g Protein
4 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Laura said:

This is one of my fav things to make!
I use real garlic and jalapeno…
and cumin, mexican oregano, and corriander…
I really hate the taste of stevia..or any of the alternatives, so I just put a bit of honey or fresh orange juice in it…lime zest at the end brings it too life!
if you just take some of the beans and mash them up, it will act as the thickener.
and always top with some chopped fresh tomato, cilantro and a squeeze of lime!
yum yum yum…..I want it right now!

October 4th, 2010 — 6:28pm  |  Reply

RE - RecycledFrockery said:

oo great recipe, but where is the green chile ? no anaheim’s or roasted poblano’s. that’s the real flavor there. singe the skin in fire, then put em in a bag with the jalapenos. peel after they cool and then pulverize for a great verde base starter. I’d skip the thickener because the starch doesn’t add flavor. your dry spices will give you enough dry to help compensate for the liquid. use green tomatillo’s for flavor and thickening as well. that along with the cilantro and peppers will give you are rich beautiful and tasty chile verde’.

October 5th, 2010 — 12:29am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

I added a whole can of green chile! :) Maybe you missed it ;)….your ideas sound great too! Thanks for sharing :)

October 5th, 2010 — 5:33am  |  Reply

Chelsea said:

Your recipes look delicious, especially this one. I am going to try it hopefully sometime this week. I am always looking for healthy recipes so I have added you to my list of blogs to read. Can’t wait to try more!

October 5th, 2010 — 8:34am  |  Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes said:

This looks so delicious and healthy!

October 6th, 2010 — 1:49pm  |  Reply

Frannie said:

I made this the other night and it was delicious!!! I doubled the beans, chicken, and corn – but not the broth. How do you think this affects the calorie count? Should I double the calories for one cup? Or just add more broth? Thanks Katie, I really love your recipes!

October 11th, 2010 — 6:40pm  |  Reply

Jillian said:

This was seriously delicious!

November 13th, 2010 — 7:39pm  |  Reply

Ana Maria said:

this was so delicious, my fiance doesn’t eat very much red meat, mostly chicken and this was a hit!

March 17th, 2011 — 12:21pm  |  Reply

Hannah (mindrunningwild) said:

I’ve always been intrigued by white chili because we had so much regular chili as a kid. I’m going to make this veg!

March 17th, 2011 — 7:09pm  |  Reply

Sarah said:

I love this!

March 22nd, 2011 — 10:13am  |  Reply

Stefanie said:

I loved this! So filling and delicious!

March 31st, 2011 — 9:41am  |  Reply

Mary said:

Do you chop the chicken up before you add it to the soup?

October 21st, 2011 — 8:40am  |  Reply

Mackenzie said:

Hi Katie! This looks amazing! I don’t have the McCormick mix. What type of chili seasoning do you recommend? Chili powder or would you add other seasonings as well? Thanks

January 16th, 2012 — 10:59am  |  Reply

Gina said:

Do I cook the chicken beforehand? And is it 8 weight watchers points plus value or 6? Thanks!!
Gina :)

February 13th, 2012 — 7:34am  |  Reply

Melissa said:

This is in the crock-pot right now. Can’t wait to try it! So happy I found your site, I think it was through pinterest. Do you have a pinterest account for dashing dish? I made your french toast this morning & it was delicious! I actually made it with my waffle maker & it turned out fantastic! Thanks so much for the recipes! =)

February 28th, 2012 — 11:08am  |  Reply

Lauren said:

How many carbs does this dish have?

Looks delicious!! :)

April 29th, 2012 — 8:03pm  |  Reply

Jackie Chute said:

So awesome!!! Made this last night and it was delish.

May 1st, 2012 — 1:30pm  |  Reply

Kate Davey said:

I’m not a huge fan of sour cream… is there anything I could use instead, or can it be left out completely?

May 11th, 2012 — 11:53pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

you can leave it out entirely or use low fat cream cheese or greek yogurt if you want!

May 12th, 2012 — 10:15am  | 

Tiara said:

Just tried this out! Excited to see how my guy likes it. Its a little thin for my liking. I read somewhere else I could have pureed the beans a bit before for a thickening. May try that next time. I also added Cumin to my pot. Got corn bread baking now.

Thanks for the idea! Pinterest feeds my family! :-)

July 24th, 2012 — 7:34pm  |  Reply

Julie said:

I was going to suggest to puree the beans as well. I used to make a similar weight watchers turkey chili recipe and by pureeing the beans it made it thicker :-)

September 14th, 2012 — 6:46am  | 

Holly Mowery said:

Wonderful recipe! However you may want to update the macros (i.e. calories etc) because they are way under. I even omitted some things like the sour cream and chiles and used less chicken and I’m up over 210 calories for a serving.

August 12th, 2012 — 8:49am  |  Reply

Kelli S said:

Just wondering if you drain the beans and corn?

August 21st, 2012 — 4:04pm  |  Reply

Beth said:

Do you drain the cans of beans or put them in with their liquid?

August 26th, 2012 — 2:53pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Drain :)

August 26th, 2012 — 4:43pm  | 

Tracey said:

Hey Kate, made this the other night..came out great. Maybe next time I’ll try using ground chicken instead of chopping up the chicken prior.

October 20th, 2012 — 10:16am  |  Reply

christine said:

Would you be able to freeze leftovers for the rest of the week?

October 20th, 2012 — 4:49pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

of course

October 20th, 2012 — 8:37pm  | 

Joanna said:

I’ve been dying to make this! Can I put it in the crockpot on high for 4 hours?

October 22nd, 2012 — 4:54pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

sure can!

October 22nd, 2012 — 5:38pm  | 

Alyssa said:

Can you use ground chicken to quicken the process as you do in beef chili?

October 25th, 2012 — 10:26pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:


October 27th, 2012 — 7:27pm  | 

elizabeth said:

this looks amazing! i am so excited to try it! i do have a question about the length of time in the slow cooker. as a days can sometimes be quite long: do you think if i leave it for over 12 hours on low it will still be ok?

October 26th, 2012 — 2:50pm  |  Reply

elizabeth said:

hi katie! this looks amazing! do you think if left in the slow cooker for over 12 hours on low it would still be alright?

October 26th, 2012 — 2:51pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes of course!

October 26th, 2012 — 7:12pm  | 

Beth said:

so you do, or do NOT, cook the chicken first?

October 30th, 2012 — 4:11pm  |  Reply

Tara Jackson said:

Can I cook this on the stovetop for an hour or so like the other soup recipes?

November 13th, 2012 — 12:53pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes :)

November 13th, 2012 — 1:56pm  | 

Lori Martin said:

What exactly is White Bean Chili Seasoning Mix?

November 14th, 2012 — 5:27pm  |  Reply

Ashleigh @Being Cheap is Easy said:

Love, love this recipe!! Thank you so much! I love to top mine with a dollop of guac and some crunchy homemade tortilla chips.

January 9th, 2013 — 12:13pm  |  Reply

Michaela said:

so excited to see a recipe for white chicken chili! my mom used to make it all the time but it was soo unhealthy for you. can’t wait to try this one!

January 16th, 2013 — 12:14pm  |  Reply

Dawn smith said:

I have dried white beans. How do I use them in this chili

August 21st, 2013 — 7:23pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

let them soak overnight before adding

August 22nd, 2013 — 7:18am  | 

LIsa said:

do you put the sour cream in with everything in the crock pot or is the sour cream just for garnish afterwards?

Can you add Cilantro to cook with it? or do you cook it too long for that to be added with everything else?

I am trying this this weekedn! Can’t wait!

Is it ok to use water instead of chicken broth or would that take the flavor away?

thank you! :)

August 28th, 2013 — 1:43pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

both are added as a garnish :) chicken broth is better but water would work

August 29th, 2013 — 1:37pm  | 

Jessie McMurtry said:

I have this in my crockpot now and it smells AMAZINg! Although, as I was
Reading through the comments I realized I put the Greek yogurt in the soup! Haha oops, will it be okay still? #stilllearningtocookproblems

September 11th, 2013 — 1:47pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

should be! the only problem is, when added too early the greek yogurt might seperate :)

September 12th, 2013 — 9:03am  | 

Bonnie said:

Huge hit at our house and with my 18 year old son’s friends! I added jalapeno and use a combination of white beans and black beans. I also let the chicken breast cook whole and then shred it when done and put back in, DELICIOUS!!

September 29th, 2013 — 6:29pm  |  Reply

Mark said:

Do you think skinless chicken thighs would work instead of chicken breast?

October 21st, 2013 — 12:57pm  |  Reply

kristie said:

What is the yield of this recipe? ??

October 25th, 2013 — 12:39pm  |  Reply

Aleeta said:

My boyfriend is allergic to beans. Is there anything I could use as a substitute?

November 4th, 2013 — 9:42am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:


November 4th, 2013 — 10:47am  | 

jessica Lynn said:

I added a packet of vegetable broth & used chicken stock instead of broth ..also added bay leaves, celery seed and a little Parmesan cheese came out great will be making again!

November 7th, 2013 — 10:35pm  |  Reply

jessica Lynn said:

I also added about 8strips of bacon raw & finely chopped to my slow cooker.

November 7th, 2013 — 10:37pm  | 

Kim said:

Could you maybe edit your recipe so that sour cream is listed with the garnishes under “optional”? I didn’t realize it wasn’t supposed to be in the pot until I read the comments (though I wondered). Sounds great and can’t wait to try it!

November 26th, 2013 — 3:39am  |  Reply

Dhamilton said:

I agree, that would be helpful.

January 5th, 2014 — 11:38am  | 

Robin said:

I made this on the stove and it came out very well! A little spicy for my taste so I may use less than a full seasoning packet next time. I think pureeing some of the beans made a big difference in the texture too.

December 10th, 2013 — 9:29am  |  Reply

eileen widdoss said:

would like to get more DD recipes. How do I do it? <3

December 22nd, 2013 — 1:57am  |  Reply

Rita said:

Do you use the entire packet of McCormicks white chili seasoning or just 1-2 tbsp?

December 22nd, 2013 — 2:48pm  |  Reply

Danielle said:

Thanks so much for this recipe! My family loved this! I love your site!

January 5th, 2014 — 9:06pm  |  Reply

Yvette johnson said:

If you need this in a hurry try using a rotisserie chicken instead of cooking chicken. Put the chicken in the pot to cook when the beans and corn are almost done.

January 17th, 2014 — 9:21pm  |  Reply

Leslie said:

I just made this for the second time tonight. Love it! Second time I used the Rotel Chili version and it gave it a little bit of a kick.

January 29th, 2014 — 11:52pm  |  Reply

Klo said:

Any suggested alternative to the corn? We’re not big fans of it! Thank you!! :)

January 30th, 2014 — 10:51am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

any bean

January 30th, 2014 — 11:12am  | 

Erin said:

Hi, thank you for posting this delicious recipe. I have just assembled the dish and put it in my crock pot. After assembling according to your instructions I decided to scroll through the comments and see what others had to say. I’ve apparently made a mistake in adding the sour cream at the beginning. I don’t feel so bad about it as others were confused about this step as well. As a bit of constructive criticism, I suggest that you amend your post to clarify steps that myself and others have faltered with and perhaps answer questions that have come up many times in the comments. Brevity is an admirable quality however thoroughness should take precedent.
: )

February 2nd, 2014 — 11:38am  |  Reply

Katie said:

Okay, I figured as much, but I got confused by your post to Gina that said to cook the chicken first :-) Smells good in my house now by the way!

February 12th, 2014 — 12:55pm  |  Reply

Kimberly said:


February 15th, 2014 — 1:33pm  |  Reply

Tonya said:

I made this last night with leftover chicken but didn’t have time for the crockpot so I just used a large pot. This was the best chili ever!! Took the leftovers to work and it was a huge hit! Will definitely make this again! The hint that said to puree a can of the beans and mix it in, was very good!

February 27th, 2014 — 2:05pm  |  Reply

Mary Johnson said:

All white chicken chili seasoning packets contain WHEAT! Do you have a DIY white chicken chili seasoning or should I just use your DIY chili seasoning? Thanks so much ;)

March 1st, 2014 — 2:44pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes :) id make your own for sure!

March 2nd, 2014 — 8:06am  | 

Heather said:

Mary, I found Carroll Shelby’s brand White Chicken Chili mix, which is gluten free (no wheat)

October 8th, 2014 — 5:50pm  | 

Mary Johnson said:

All white chicken chili seasoning packets contain WHEAT! Do you have a DIY recipe for white chicken chili seasoning or should I just use your DIY chili seasoning recipe? Thanks so much ;)

March 1st, 2014 — 2:46pm  |  Reply

amy said:

If cooking on the stove top do I cook the chicken first??

March 2nd, 2014 — 7:04pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

no, you can cook it with the chili

March 3rd, 2014 — 10:52am  | 

Peggy said:

I made this for a Church Soup night. I tripled the recipe & replaced the tomatoes with 2 can of original Ro*tel & 1 can of regular diced tomatoes. This eliminated the green chilies because the Ro*tel has it in it.I also took the advise to mash one cans of the beans to make the dish thicker & I only use 1 pack of the White chicken seasoning mix for a triple recipe. It is the best white Chicken Chili I have ever tasted.It was the first one empty out of all the pots. Everyone loved it. Thanks for the Recipe. PeggyB

March 13th, 2014 — 9:55am  |  Reply

Gina said:

This chili was awesome.. I made a few minor changes..
I did not use any canned tomatoes…. if I want later I can add salsa. As some others said people I added coriander.
Additionally I caramelized the corn and onion (with a little bit olive oil)
I had some left over “fresh made at home” mango salsa from last night! How incredible…did not need ANY sweetener. It ifs in my WW simply filling plan! How incredible!!! Thnaks!

June 8th, 2014 — 8:51pm  |  Reply

Gina said:

This chili was awesome.. I made a few minor changes..
I did not use any canned tomatoes…. if I want later I can add salsa. As some others said people I added coriander.
Additionally I caramelized the corn and onion (with a little bit olive oil)
I had some left over “fresh made at home” mango salsa from last night! How incredible…did not need ANY sweetener. It ifs in my WW simply filling plan! How incredible!!! Thanks!

June 8th, 2014 — 8:51pm  |  Reply

Matt said:

Made this last week and we loved it. Making it again today for some friends coming over to watch football. Really easy to make and turns out great.

September 21st, 2014 — 8:29am  |  Reply

Brooke Ann said:

I don’t have any green chillies on hand, can I use a jalapeno chopped up and seeded? And, I don’t have diced tomatoes on hand, but do have a large can of whole tomatoes. Can I just chop those up instead?

October 4th, 2014 — 6:42pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

of course!

October 6th, 2014 — 9:40am  | 

Brooke Ann said:

I couldn’t wait so I just tried it. I also used in addition to a can of yellow corn some King corn that I just cut off the cob. Oh, and substituted a can of black beans for one of the white. It didn’t quite turn out the consistency I had hoped for; but then, I did not use an extra can of pureed beans. I was a bit impatient and it was dinner time, so I just added a cup or so of instant rice and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Mind you I’m not Point Watching, ha. Consistency then turned out nicely, but it was a bit bland for me (even after adding a third tablespoon of chili powder). My 6 year old son, however, said it was “kinda good” and that’s a huge feat! =O)

October 6th, 2014 — 10:37am  | 

Darci said:

My daughter in law made this for my hubby and I last week. I have NEVER commented on any recipe except this one, but just had to let you know that this recipe rocks! I’m a card carrying knuckle dragging red meat carnivore and this is by far THE best chili I’ve ever eaten. Sooo good!Can’t wait to try your other recipes! Thanks!

November 19th, 2014 — 9:37am  |  Reply

Lindy said:

How many people does this recipe serve?

January 25th, 2015 — 3:37pm  |  Reply

Amy Besserer said:

I made this with lean ground turkey (sautéed first with onion until brown) cooked on high for 4 hours (took lid off for last 30 mins) it was amazing!!! Used everything else the same, including puréed beans. So thick and hearty :) thanks Katie!!!

January 27th, 2015 — 3:13pm  |  Reply

Jenna said:

Can the chicken be put in the crockpot frozen, or is it best to thaw the chicken first? Is you can put it in frozen, how long should it cook?

February 8th, 2015 — 7:55am  |  Reply

Heather @ Glitter and Gloss said:

I made this tonight and it got thumbs up all around – which is so very rare! Thank you for sharing!!

February 11th, 2015 — 8:31pm  |  Reply

JO said:

It works well with rotisserie chicken as well

July 16th, 2015 — 9:05am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Frannie…How many cups do you think it made!? :)

October 12th, 2010 — 7:30am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Mary, yes, or you could shred it afterwards, but i find it easier to chop before! :)

October 21st, 2011 — 10:18am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hey gina, yes cook the chicken first! :) and its 6 pp per serving! :)

February 13th, 2012 — 3:12pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks melissa! i do have pintrest, its under my name katie farrell :)

February 28th, 2012 — 11:51am  |  Reply

April said:

Why do I need to cook the chicken first if it goes in the crockpot for 8 hours?

October 7th, 2012 — 9:57pm  |  Reply

Josephine Peyton Sturkey said:

hey girl! the nutrition info you listed above says that this is 4 points plus per serving. is it 4 or 6? fyi – i haven’t made a loser recipe from you… everything is absolutely fabulous! thank you!

January 8th, 2013 — 11:28am  |  Reply

Katie said:

I thought your recipe said not to cook the chicken first….Mine is in the crockpot now, hope this message was a mistake!

February 12th, 2014 — 12:09pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

you dont :)

October 8th, 2012 — 9:36am  |  Reply

Kimberly said:

I put my chicken in raw and after cooking for the 8 hrs on low, it came out very tender! No problems at all. I think they are suggesting if you want to have a ‘crispier’ chicken, you can pan fry it first. Good luck! The recipe is divine!

February 15th, 2014 — 1:32pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

you dont have to cook it first, it will cook in your crock

February 12th, 2014 — 12:45pm  |  Reply

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