Feel-Good Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

This satisfying slow cooker chicken chili will give you all the cozy feels for soup season. It’s filled with zesty flavor, tender shredded chicken, and is a simple & healthy soup recipe the whole family will love! So easy to make and is a delicious freezer-friendly meal.

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There are so many things to love about slow cooker soups. They not only give you all the cozy feels but also make cooking a flavorful meal hassle-free! This chicken chili is filled with hearty beans, zesty seasoning, and tender shredded chicken.

It’s safe to say – you’re gonna love this soup! Add your favorite toppings like tortilla chips, creamy avocados, and cilantro for an extra level of flavor and texture.

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Ingredients & Substitutes

Before we get cooking let’s first talk about what ingredients we’ll need. This chicken chili recipe contains 7 main ingredients and 3 spices for flavor.

  • Chicken thighs: Use boneless skinless chicken thighs over chicken breasts – they are so tender and will not dry out while cooking.
  • Fire-roasted diced tomatoes: Use regular diced tomatoes or fire-roasted for extra depth of flavor.
  • Chicken broth: Use a high-quality chicken broth or vegetable broth for the liquid in this recipe. If needed you can substitute with water.
  • Tomato paste: This helps thicken the soup.
  • Garlic: Use fresh garlic over powder for more flavor.
  • Onion: I recommend using yellow onion.
  • Beans: You can use any choice of beans for this recipe such as black beans, cannellini, kidney, or garbanzo beans.
  • Spices: The only 3 spices you’ll need for this soup are chili powder, paprika, and cumin. Add optional spice such as cayenne or red pepper flakes.

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

  1. First, add boneless-skinless chicken thighs, diced onion, and garlic.
  2. Then diced tomatoes and beans.
  3. Finish off with chicken broth, tomato paste, spices, and salt & pepper. Then set slow cooker setting to HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5+ hours. When finished, stir ingredients and help chicken break apart.

How to Store & Freeze Chicken Chili

Storing tips: Let leftovers cool to room temperature, then place in a airtight container and store for up to 3-4 days chilled in refrigerator.

Freezing tips: Store in an airtight container or freezer bag – freeze up to 3 to 6 months. Defrost at room temperature for 1-2 hours, then reheat on stove top.

Extra Tips for this Recipe

  • Topping suggestions: some of my favorite toppings for this soup are tortilla chips, avocado slices, cilantro, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.
  • Protein: Use boneless-skinless chicken thighs for best results – you can substitute with chicken breasts.
  • Use high-quality chicken broth or vegetable broth.

This easy slow cooker chili will make getting dinner on the table that much easier! Set it, forget it, and your meal will be ready in just a few hours. The whole family will fall in love with the flavors of this satisfying and cozy soup.

A bowl of slow cooker chicken chili with tortilla chips and avocado slices over top.

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A bowl of slow cooker chicken chili with tortilla chips and avocado slices over top.

Feel-Good Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

This satisfying slow cooker chicken chili will give you all the cozy feels for soup season. It’s filled with zesty flavor, tender shredded chicken, and is a simple & healthy soup recipe the whole family will love! So easy to make and is a delicious freezer-friendly meal.

Servings 6
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 10 mins

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Tags: healthy chicken chili, how to make slow cooker chicken chili, red chicken chili recipe
Freezer Friendly: Yes
Calories: 213 kcal

Ingredients

Chicken Chili

  • 5 boneless-skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 28 oz. fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups chicken broth (I recommend low sodium)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon (each) paprika, cumin, chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Toppings

  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 lime
  • cilantro
  • tortila chips

Instructions

  1. Add all of chili ingredients to crock pot or instant pot and stir. Set to HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5-8 hours. 

  2. When chili is finished, use a spoon to stir ingredients and break apart chicken. If using chicken breasts you will have to use a fork to shred – chicken thighs will naturally fall apart. 

  3. Serve with sliced avocado, lime juice, cilantro, and crumble tortilla chips. Yum! See notes for storing tips. 

Notes

Tips

  • Topping suggestions: some of my favorite toppings for this soup are tortilla chips, avocado slices, cilantro, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.
  • Protein: Use boneless-skinless chicken thighs for best results – you can substitute with chicken breasts.
  • Use high-quality chicken broth or vegetable broth.

Storing tips: Let leftovers cool to room temperature, then place in a airtight container and store for up to 3-4 days chilled in refrigerator.

Freezing tips: Store in an airtight container or freezer bag – freeze up to 3 to 6 months. Defrost at room temperature for 1-2 hours, then reheat on stove top.

Nutrition Facts
Feel-Good Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 56
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.2g 10%
Sodium 347.7mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 11.4g 4%
Sugars 5.2g
Protein 28.4g 57%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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