Using leftover marinated, grilled chicken is the secret to this flavorful and comforting white chicken chili. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili will tempt you with its fantastic aroma as the chicken, beans, corn, herbs, and spices simmer in the crockpot.
Serve garnished with remaining chopped cilantro and sliced avocado if desired.
You could use any cooked chicken in this recipe, but the marinated, grilled chicken is what gives this crockpot white chicken chili its distinct flavor. It's worth the extra effort, and planned leftovers are always a good addition to a meal plan. You can save lots of time by doing prep work like this in bulk and freezing the prepared ingredients. You can find out more about this way of cooking by reading the our meal plan primer.
Vegetarian. For a vegetarian version, add a second variety of beans in place of the chicken and use vegetable broth. A dash of liquid smoke will help add some of the flavor lost from not using the grilled chicken, or you could marinate and grill vegetables in place of the chicken.
Gluten-free. As long as tamari is used in the chicken marinade instead of soy sauce, this recipe is gluten-free as written.