Chicken Chili {Slow Cooker}

Chicken Chili {Slow Cooker} - Nutritious Eats

Hi guys! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We’ve had gorgeous weather here in Louisiana lately, cool clear mornings in the 60s and highs in low 80s. My kind of temps!

I have made a commitment to myself to slowly redo my old blog posts, mainly the ones with the horrid photos, which are pretty much all the photos taken in the first couple years. I shudder every time I see them pop up so I thought it would benefit my space, if not my own pride, if I just did a few updates.

This is a chicken chili I posted years ago and looked absolutely horrible (those old photos have been deleted and I never want to see them again). Slow cooker recipes are always a welcome addition to the fall and winter months of meal planning so this one struck out at me, plus I wanted to make it for dinner on friday anyway. I updated the instructions too and streamlined it even more. Overall, I am so glad I made it again. I forgot how much I liked it and it was literally the easiest dump and go meal ever.

Chicken Chili {Slow Cooker} - Nutritious Eats

When I first published this, April 26, 2011 (!!) we were in midst of unpacking our new home in Missouri and I needed an effortless dinner. I had just unpacked my crockpot, which I had barely ever used at the time, and it inspired me to make this.

I wanted to throw stuff in the pot, walk away, continue unpacking and come back in the evening with a hot meal waiting for me. You know the feeling? Well make sure you get yourself a slow cooker if you don’t already have one. I basically used all the ingredients I happened to have on hand and threw them in to work together for the day.

Chicken Chili {Slow Cooker} - Nutritious Eats

You’ll literally dump all the ingredients in and let them cook on low for 6 hours, then you’ll remove the chicken and it will be so tender that you can literally touch it with a fork and it will fall apart. Once you shred it, toss it back into the chili and keep it on warm until you’re ready to eat.

Chicken Chili {Slow Cooker} - Nutritious EatsChicken Chili {Slow Cooker} - Nutritious Eats

You seriously can’t beat having a hot meal by doing nothing at all. This recipe calls a few fresh items, a couple canned items and one frozen ingredient so this is the perfect meal for someone who has a well stocked pantry, but little time for prep work. I make sure to use a few low sodium items to keep the overall salt content down.

Chicken Chili {Slow Cooker} - Nutritious Eats

Serve it with cornbread or tortillas and dinner is done.

What’s your favorite crock pot recipe?

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Chicken Chili {Slow Cooker}
Chicken Chili with beans and veggies makes THE easiest weeknight meal. Dump, forget about it, ready in 6 hours.
Recipe type: Chili
Serves: 6
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, oregano & garlic, no added salt, slightly drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chili, slightly drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, low sodium, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chili beans, drained slightly
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • ½ package taco seasoning
  • 1 lb thinly sliced chicken breasts
  • Toppings: shredded cheese, avocado, chopped cilantro, low fat sour cream, pico de gallo
  1. Mix all ingredients in slow cooker (onion through taco seasoning). Place chicken breasts on top, covering slightly with chili mixture.
  2. Cook for 6 hours on low. Remove chicken breasts, shred. Add chicken back to slow cooker and keep on warm until ready to serve. Ladle into bowls and serve with cheese, avocado, pico de gallo, sour cream and/or cilantro.
Always compare brands/types of food to find the lower sodium option. Even within the same brand there can be differences depending on style. For example, the mild taco seasoning had 390 mg per serving and the original had 580 mg per serving. Huge difference so pay attention to those labels when you shop! Taste it in the end, if too salty add more water, corn or anything else that doesn't have salt. If not salty enough (for example if you use all low sodium canned products), just add some salt.

Nutritious Eats Benefits: low fat, high fiber, lycopene, protein, vitamin A and C.

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  1. jess says

    I just made this tonight and it turned out wonderful! Thanks a ton for such a great recipe. Do you happen to know the calorie count for this? Thanks again!

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Hi Jess,
      I am so glad you liked it. I just realized I never responded to this- so sorry! Due to the time-consuming nature of entering in recipes for nutrient analysis, I don’t have the calorie info. There are several recipe analysis programs free online you can look at if you want to do it yourself. Just enter in every single ingredient with amounts used and make sure to divide by the number of the servings you got out of the chili (or the amount stated in the recipe). There are several out there- just google “recipe analysis”…Calorie Count & Fit Watch are two I’ve played with recently. Thanks for visiting the blog and letting me know how the chili turned out! I appreciate it!

  2. Jessie Bryant says

    Just made this tonight. Very yummy, good flavors and simple. I did find mine had too much water in it even after 8 hrs of cooking. Made for more of a stew rather than a chili. Still good but I would probably go for half the amount of water next time. Thanks!

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Jessie- Thanks so much for letting me know how it turned out! Yes, I guess it is more in between a soup and a chili. Glad it tasted good though.

  3. says

    This would be perfect for dinner tonight as it is finally feeling like Fall! I love all things chili and this recipe looks great! Thank you for sharing!

  4. heather says

    I don’t remember the old pictures but these pictures are fabulous Melanie! And the dish looks pretty fabulous also! xo

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