Super Easy {and delicious} Crock Pot Chicken Chili Recipe

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Easy {and delicious} Crock Pot Chicken Chili - click for recipe

This is one of those recipes that I have been asked for A LOT over the years.  I think people ask for the recipe because when they eat it, they think it is absolutely delicious.  It happens to be a bonus that this chicken chili recipe is almost ridiculously easy to make.  It takes about 7 cans and a packet of stuff plus some chicken breast and a crockpot, 8 hours of time and a bunch of hungry people and you have a huge dinner success!

Here’s the thing.  I am not a chili purist…  I am just a mom that likes good food and doesn’t have all that much time to make it.  I love this recipe because it is equally yummy and easy.  For the same reasons, it makes a great meal to bring to a friend when they have a baby or need a helping hand.  It freezes well so it can make a great freezer meal before or after you cook it in the slow cooker.  It is perfect hearty meal for a week night and can warm up the coldest of days.  It is the kind of recipe you are going to want to save for yourself and share with your friends.  And now I am going to let you in on the little secret of just how easy it is.

Super Easy {and delicious} Crock Pot Chicken Chili Recipe

Easy {and delicious} Crock Pot Chicken Chili - click for recipe

To whip this up all you need to do is chop up an onion and add it to the bottom of your crock pot.  I usually use a red onion but any will work. Next lay your chicken breast on top of the onion and sprinkle the taco seasoning on.  Layer each of the canned ingredients on top of the chicken breast and pour your beer or broth on top.  Set the crock pot to cook on low for 7 hours and when it is done use tongs or a fork to shred the chicken breast up.  This too is super easy becuase after cooking for 7 hours it will literally just fall apart as you touch it with the tongs.  Give it a mix and let it cook for 1 additional hour. Tada!  There you have it… the secret to super easy and super delicious chicken chili.

Easy {and delicious} Crock Pot Chicken Chili - click for recipe


Make sure you serve the chili piping hot, and with lots and LOTS of yummy toppings!  Some of my favorites are sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro, avocado, and crushed tortilla chips.  We all really like the toppings at our house.  I have been known to add one, two, or all of them and devour the bowl in no time flat!


Easy {and delicious} Crock Pot Chicken Chili - click for recipe


You might also want some super dense, moist, and amazing corn bread to go along with this chili.  Don’t worry… we have you covered!  Check out our recipe for the best cornbread ever here.

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Super Easy {and delicious} Crock Pot Chicken Chili Recipe


  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Package taco seasoning
  • 1 Can black beans
  • 1 Can chili beans
  • 2 Cans rotel (I use original for just a tiny kick)
  • 2 Cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 10 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 bottle of beer or 1.5 cups chicken broth


  1. Chop the onion and place it in the bottom of your crock pot
  2. Layer the chicken breast on top of the onion and sprinkle the taco seasoning on top of them.
  3. Add the canned ingredients on top of the chicken and seasoning {beans, rotel, corn and tomato paste}
  4. Pour your beer or chicken broth over the top of the mixture
  5. Cover and set your crock pot to cook on low for 7 hours.
  6. Use a fork or tongs to shred the chicken and mix the chili to evenly distribute.
  7. Cook one additional hour.
  8. Serve hot with toppings of your choice!
  9. Topping suggestions: sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro, avocado, tortilla chips

24 Comments… add one

Seana Turner January 13, 2014, 4:40 am

I love chicken chile and anything that can be made in a crock pot while I’m at work. I will definitely give this one a try – putting the ingredients on my list now. Could I use frozen corn instead of canned do you think?

Kimber January 14, 2014, 6:51 pm

Absolutely! I don’t think it would change the flavors at all. Thanks for the comment.

Jen January 13, 2014, 9:10 am

That looks awesome and I cannot remember if I have ever had chicken chili, sounds amazing!!

Kimber January 14, 2014, 6:52 pm

Yes… yes it is! I don’t eat beef so its pretty much a must at my house.

Liz January 13, 2014, 3:12 pm

Looks wonderful; will definitely have to give this a try. Thanks for making dinner easy and delish :)

Kimber January 14, 2014, 6:49 pm

Thanks Liz! Easy and delicious are my favorite kind of dinner!

kim March 23, 2014, 2:07 pm

What size are the cans of rotel for this?

Kimber March 23, 2014, 2:27 pm

Just standRD 10 OZ cans. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

Zenaida Arroyo August 21, 2014, 10:24 am

Hi! Can I skip the onion?

Kimber August 21, 2014, 10:59 am

You can leave out the onion or just chop it very large so you get the flavor cooking but can still remove it

Allison October 10, 2014, 11:53 am

did you use frozen or thawed chicken breast?

Nicole December 27, 2014, 12:58 pm

I have the same question!

carl October 29, 2014, 3:26 pm

How many calories is this recipe

Abbie November 5, 2014, 6:12 pm

I can’t wait to have it for dinner tonight! It’s been in the crock pot since 11am. My daughter said smells like chili when we walked in the house from school. ;)

Tonya November 12, 2014, 8:00 am

Hi Kim, do you drain any of the canned ingredient’s, ie: beans or rotel? Thanks!

Kimber November 12, 2014, 8:12 am

No just dump it all in! Makes it super easy and all the juices make it extra delicious!

Kerri November 24, 2014, 9:41 am

Making this now for dinner tonight! Looks like it will be delicious! The only thing I did different was to add some cumin powder as think I’m going to also throw some cilantro in.

Kimber November 24, 2014, 9:49 am

Hi Kerri. I’m sure cumin will be a great addition. I always add fresh cilantro in as a topping.

Nicole December 27, 2014, 12:59 pm

Do you cook the chicken first or can you use frozen?

Kimber December 27, 2014, 1:24 pm

I use fresh but you can use frozen although you might need to cook a little longer

shawn February 1, 2015, 5:25 am

Do I drain the corn and beans?

Kimber February 1, 2015, 7:02 am

Mo you can just throw it all in! Its too easy!

Liz February 20, 2015, 10:00 am

This sounds amazing! Can you cook it on high and decrease cooking time?

Thank you! :)

Kimber February 20, 2015, 10:10 am

Yes i have done that on occasion. As long as your chicken isn’t frozen you should be able to do high for 4 hours

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