Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Start this easy, hands-off chili in the morning, and a complete meal will be waiting for you come dinner time.

Photo: Olimpia Davies

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Short on time? Don’t feel like cooking? This Slow Cooker Chicken Chili doesn’t require you to turn on the stove or preheat the oven. In fact, once you’ve got your slow cooker plugged in and your ingredients on hand, you can toss everything in and get a well-rounded meal cooking with little to no effort.

While slow-cooked meals are popular during the coldest months of the year, they can be a huge help during the summer, too. Plugging in your slow cooker won’t generate as much heat as using your stove or oven, allowing to you cook entire meals or protein-rich mains without warming up your whole kitchen or home. Plus, you can step away, enjoy time at work or outdoors, and come home to an almost-ready dinner.

And we’ve made this Slow Cooker Chicken Chili extra easy. There’s no prep required to get cooking; once a full six hours have passed, your only to-do is shredding the tender cooked chicken before serving. It’s a time-saver, allowing you to cook throughout the day and get on the table without additional steps required. For more easy slow cooker recipes, try:

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Prep Time
8 min
Cook Time
352 min
360 min


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 ½ lb)
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups frozen organic corn
  • 1 16-oz jar fire-roasted salsa
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ tbsp cumin
  • 1 ½ tbsp chile powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper


  • 1 lime
  • ½ cup Cotija cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro


  1. In a crock-pot, combine chicken thighs, beans, corn, salsa, broth, cumin, chile powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 6 hours on low.
  2. Remove the lid and shred the chicken using two forks; stir into the stew. Portion into bowls and top with a squeeze of lime juice, 1 tablespoon crumbled cheese and 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size ¼ of recipe
  • Calories 507
  • Carbohydrate Content 46 g
  • Cholesterol Content 175 mg
  • Fat Content 14 g
  • Fiber Content 11 g
  • Protein Content 48 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 5 g
  • Sodium Content 1,350 mg
  • Sugar Content 8 g