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White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese

LESS THAN 1o MINUTES PREP! Simple, Perfect, Tasty and Just Throw It All In and come back to dinner! This EASY White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese is the answer to a fast paced day and a comforting waiting for you dinner! 

Nothing’s is better than coming home to dinner that is ready and waiting? Throw on your pj’s, cuddle up on the couch and forget about the day, am I right?

Black bowl filled with chicken chili topped with sour cream.

White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese

Why This Recipe Works…

  • EASY
  • 10 Minutes to throw it together
  • The seasonings are perfect and the cream cheese works wonders!

How It Is Done…

STEP 1. 

Prepare your slow cooker by using non stick spray. Lay the chicken breasts in the crockpot. 

Three boneless skinless chicken breast in the bottom of a green crock pot bowl

Three little chicken breasts

STEP 2. 

Top the chicken breasts with the other ingredients. 

Crock pot bowl with tomatoes, black beans, corn and seasonings on top of the breasts.

All the ingredients into the pool.

STEP 3. 

30 minutes before you are ready to serve, remove the chicken breast, shred with two forks, add the chicken back to the crockpot with the cream cheese. Stir well. Turn crockpot to HIGH and wait 30 minutes. Stir and SERVE


Blue enamel cup full of chili sitting on a silver plate with checked napkin in background

Hot little bowl of delicious chili


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I use Rotisserie Chicken Instead? 

Yes! Of course!  Simply shred the rotisserie chicken and add it when you add the cream cheese!

How to make White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese on the Stove Top

  1. Cook the chicken through
  2. Shred the chicken
  3. Add the other ingredients and heat over medium heat until heated through.

How to make White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese in the instapot or pressure cooker

  1. Put everything in the cooker, bring to full pressure and cook for 18 minutes.
  2. Allow pressure to naturally release. 
  3. Add the cream cheese, stir well until cream cheese is melted. 

What if I don’t like Black Beans? 

It is fine to substitute other kinds of beans for this recipe!


  • Pinto Beans
  • White Beans
  • Cannellini Beans
  • Kidney Beans!

Is this chili spicy? 

Only a tiny bit.  If you are concerned about the heat, exchange the tomatoes and green chilis for a similar size can of diced tomatoes. 

What Do I Serve with This Chili?

This chili is delicious all by itself with some chips and sour cream, but…

want to make it into a full meal, we recommend a delicious Caprese Arugula Salad

And a Banana Pudding for Dessert! 

Tips and Tricks for White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese

  • This chili is best served with a bit of fresh herbs on top at the end! Try Cilantro or Green Onion. 
  • A dollop of sour cream on the top adds just the right tang and creaminess, give that a try too! 
  • This is perfect over a bed of crunchy chips! 

Pro Tip:  To make a thicker chili, drain the beans, tomatoes and green chilis and corn very well before adding to the dish. If you like a thinner chili, leave the water in. 

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crockpot chicken chili

White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese

ONLY 10 MINUTES PREP!  This crockpot white chicken chili with cream cheese recipe is perfect for a busy day.  Just throw it in and come home to a delicious fully cooked dinner! 
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: white chicken chili with cream cheese, crockpot chicken chili
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 14kcal


  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 3 whole chicken breasts about 30 oz total
  • 2 15.5 oz can tomatos and green chilis
  • 1 15. 5 oz can black beans drained (ok to substitute other kinds of beans)
  • 1 15.5 oz can whole kernel corn drained
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese cut into 1 " pieces
  • Fresh cilantro optional
  • Fresh avocado optional
  • sour cream optional
  • corn chips optional


  • Spray inside of 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. 
  • Lay the chicken breasts in the bottom of the crock pot
  • Pour in the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the cream cheese.  Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours. 
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the chili, shred with two forks and replace the shredded meat and any juices back into the crock pot.  
  • Add the cream cheese pieces, stir well, replace the lid and cook on HIGH for another 30 minutes until the cream cheese melts.  
  • Stir well, Serve.  Top with chopped cilantro, avacado, green onions, sour cream and chips.  


  • If you are concerned about the spice level, substitute the tomatoes and green chilis with diced tomatoes.
  • Do you like a thicker chili?  Then drain all of the canned goods well first before adding to the crockpot. 
  • If you prefer to use rotisserie chicken, shred it and add it when you add the cream cheese. 
  • It is fine to substitute other types of beans for the black beans. Just use the same amount.  Drain well! 
Pro Tip:  Make sure to add all of the juices from the shredded chicken breasts back to the crockpot, this adds a LOT of flavor! 


Nutrition Facts
White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 14
% Daily Value*
Sodium 280mg12%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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***This post first appeared on Loaves and Dishes on February 16, 2016 and has been updated with new information, updates to the recipe, tips and tricks and frequently asked questions. ***


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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Recipe Rating


Friday 5th of April 2019

I have to try this recipe. We love any form of chilli in our house and often have it with homemade crusty bread. Great recipe Wendy.

Wendi Spraker

Friday 5th of April 2019

Mmmmmmm! Homemade crusty bread sounds like EXACTLY the thing! (I'm trying a low carb diet at the moment and every little carby thing sounds especially wonderful these days!). Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! I appreciate it so much!

Pamela Buchanan

Friday 5th of April 2019

I make a similar chicken chili and have not used cream cheese. This sounds really good. The next time I make it I will have to add the cream cheese. You always have the best newsletters! I can get lost in going through each one and forget what I was doing or suppose to be doing. Happy Day.

Wendi Spraker

Friday 5th of April 2019

Pamela, That is just the sweetest comment ever! Thank you so much! I'm glad the newsletters offer a kind of respite in an otherwise busy and frantic day!!! Thank you so much for letting me know!


Friday 2nd of February 2018

All YUM!


Wednesday 24th of February 2016

It looks so comforting, I Think I need to try this recipe this wee, while its still cold outside

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Hi there Rahul!!! I am finding that the baked spaghetti tastes even better on a day or so. Per my husbands report of his lunch today. :). Let me know how it turns out! :)

Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers

Tuesday 23rd of February 2016

I make my own version of crockpot chicken chili (it's my hubby's favorite food!) I'm going to have to use your recipe hacks with my leftovers next time! These look so yummy!!

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 23rd of February 2016

Oh HEY STEPHANIE!! good to see you! Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know how it goes! The baked spaghetti was my personal favorite :).


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