Home > Soups & Stews > Chicken Chili Chicken Chili September 26, 2020 | 251 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Easy Chicken Chili is assembled in minutes and slow cooked to perfection. Throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and forget about it until dinner time! This chili is loaded with tender shredded chicken, a seasoned broth base, sweet corn and tender beans. Pair this creamy chicken chili with homemade dinner rolls and this easy Italian salad. Chicken Chili Several months ago, I threw a bridal shower for my (now-married) sister. We decided to do some soups, salads, a caramel apple bar and a few other desserts (these mini fruit tarts were definitely the favorite of the night!). One of the soups we served was Chicken Chili. My family is addicted to the chicken enchilada chili at Zupas® so I tried my best to recreate it for the shower. It was a massive hit! After the shower, there wasn’t a spoonful left so I had to re-make it for my boys. This time I made a few tweaks and everyone in the family agrees it is even better than the “famous” Zupas chili. It’s warm, comforting, creamy, and loaded with flavor. The toppings add a burst of freshness and great additional textures. Chicken Chili notes Spice levels: You can make this soup very mild or quite spicy, depending on the ingredients used. For a mild chili, use a mild enchilada sauce (such as Old El Paso® brand) and a mild chili powder (such as McCormick®). Replace the tomatoes with diced green chiles with plain diced tomatoes. For a spicier chili, use medium or hot enchilada sauce and add additional spice with diced green chiles or 1-2 tablespoons diced jalapeños. Chicken: Originally, I made this recipe with chicken breasts and they work great in this chili. Lately, however, we’ve been using boneless, skinless chicken thighs. The meat is extremely tender, easier to shred, and more forgiving (meat doesn’t dry out) if the chili is cooked longer. Chili beans: You can find Chili beans near other beans in the grocery store. They are generally pinto beans in a mild chili-spiked sauce. If you can’t find chili beans (sometimes called ranch-style beans), I’d recommend using a can of pinto beans instead. Cream cheese: You need a little patience when melting the cream cheese into the soup. I recommend thoroughly softening the cream cheese in the microwave before adding it to the slow cooker, and then very briskly whisking it into the soup. Add the chicken after the cream cheese has melted into the soup so the chicken isn’t getting briskly whisked– which makes it a bit stringy. Toppings While Chicken Chili is great as is, the toppings truly seal the deal, delivering an unforgettable meal. Below are our “must-have” toppings. Sharp or extra-sharp Cheddar cheese: We like to freshly grate the cheese right on top of each bowl and let it melt for a minute before stirring it throughout the chili. Sour cream: Fat-free or lite works great; you could even use a scoop of plain Greek yogurt. My personal favorite in this soup is lite sour cream. Fresh lime juice: A few squeezes of fresh lime heighten all the flavors in this soup and add a burst of brightness. Chips: Crushed corn chips (like Fritos®) or crushed tortilla chips (or strips) add a great crunch Fresh cilantro: If you’re a cilantro fan, you’ll love what this herb does to the soup. It adds freshness and a nice citrusy flavor. And if you’re in the anti-cilantro crowd, substitute a bit of chopped fresh parsley or oregano. Ripe avocado or guacamole: For an additional element of creaminess, we love a ripe avocado sliced on top. If I could only pick three toppings, they would be the cheese, sour cream, and lime juice. I highly recommend at least those 3 additions. QUICK TIP Have leftover chicken chili? Well then, add it to one of the following meals! Baked Potatoes: Add a few spoonfuls of leftover chili, some cheese, chives, sour cream, etc. to a baked potato. Navajo Tacos: Top fry bread with a few spoonfuls of leftover Chicken Chili and add some cheese and sour cream. Shepherd’s Pie (kind of!): Use leftover Chicken Chili as a base and top it with mashed potatoes. (Use the ratios and mashed potatoes from this shepherd’s pie recipe.) (Because of the dairy in this Chicken Chili, it is not a great candidate for freezing and thawing.) More popular soup recipes Crockpot Chili reader favorite recipe! Crockpot White Chicken Chili with fire-roasted diced green chiles Broccoli Cheddar Soup with carrots and broccoli Taco Chili directions to make this soup in a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or on the stovetop Creamy Vegetable Soup with potatoes and corn FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Chicken Chili 4.96 from 75 votes - Review this recipe This easy Chicken Chili is assembled in minutes and slow cooked to perfection! Throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and forget about it until dinner time. This chili is loaded with tender shredded chicken, a seasoned broth base, sweet corn and tender beans. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Chicken Chili 4.96 from 75 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe This easy Chicken Chili is assembled in minutes and slow cooked to perfection! Throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and forget about it until dinner time. This chili is loaded with tender shredded chicken, a seasoned broth base, sweet corn and tender beans. Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup Cuisine Mexican Keyword chicken chili Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 6 hours Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes Servings 6 servings Calories 215kcal Ingredients1 can (10 oz. 283g) red enchilada sauce (See Note 1)1 can (14.5 oz.; 411g) fire-roasted diced tomatoes (or diced tomatoes with green chiles)1 can (16 oz.; 454g) chili beans (pinto) in mild chili sauce1 can (15 oz.; 432g) black beans drained and rinsed1 and 1/2 cups (208g) frozen corn (or 1 can (15 oz; 432g) corn, drained)1 and 1/2 pounds (750g) boneless skinless chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs (See Note 2)1 cup (224g) chicken stock or chicken broth (for a thinner chili, use 2 cups)1 package (8 oz.; 226g) cream cheese very softSeasonings1/2 teaspoon ground cumin3/4 teaspoon paprika1 teaspoon seasoned salt1/4 teaspoon pepper1 and 1/2 tablespoons chili powderToppings: sour cream (lite or fat-free), freshly grated sharp Cheddar cheese, diced ripe avocado, fresh lime, and fresh cilantro InstructionsCROCKPOT: In a large slow cooker (I use a 6-quart Crockpot), add in the enchilada sauce, undrained tomatoes, undrained chili beans, drained and rinsed black beans, corn, and uncooked chicken breasts or thighs. (If using chicken breasts, cut each breast into 2-3 large pieces after removing the fat).CROCKPOT CONT.: Pour in the chicken stock and all of the seasonings (cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, and chili powder). Stir well.COOK: Cover and cook on high for 3-5 hours (or until chicken shreds easily) or low for 5-8 hours (again, until chicken will shred easily)SHRED CHICKEN: Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred in another bowl, using two forks. Set aside.CREAM CHEESE: Meanwhile, soften the cream cheese (by microwaving for 30-45 seconds) and add to the crockpot. Stir well and cover. Change temperature to high. Let it sit until the chicken is shredded and then using a large whisk, briskly whisk the cream cheese to melt it into the soup.ADD CHICKEN: Add the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker. Stir and then taste for any additional salt/pepper needed. I like to add the juice of a lime here, too!SERVE: Ladle chili into bowls. Serve bowls topped with your favorite toppings. Our favorites are sour cream, freshly grated Cheddar cheese, diced avocado, a few lime wedges, and fresh cilantro as desired. I do think at the least, the cheese is a must-have topping. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: I've used Rosarita® brand, Old El Paso®, and Great Value® brand enchilada sauce (medium and mild, we prefer medium heat, but use what you like best). Old El Paso is our favorite brand to use in this Chicken Chili. Note 2: This recipe uses about 2-3 large chicken breasts or about 6-7 thighs. We love thighs in this recipe; the chicken ends up ultra tender! Nutrition FactsCalories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2mg DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.