This Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe is such a simple, cozy meal. It took me a minute to land on a good name for it though; I had a hard time calling it just "white" chicken chili, because I used my favorite "verde" (green) enchilada sauce ingredients. The "white" in white chicken chili, to me, simply denotes the fact that there are no tomatoes or red chiles, and obviously chicken is whiter than beef. But I use thighs in this which are dark meat. Anyway, technicalities aside, this is so delicious and easy and I have been making it for years!
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I was not always a big fan of the slow cooker. I didn't really see its merits until I was a busy working mom/full time college student. Yes, I survived to tell my tale, and yes, I graduated. And many of our meals during those wild times were make ahead or slow cooker creations. This Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili was one of them and since creating it I have made it so many times. It is packed with flavors and they all work harmoniously together to create such a comforting, savory meal.
A few tricks to making a super flavorful & rich white chicken chili
First, you really want to let the veggies brown and blacken. Don't be afraid.
And similarly, let the seasoned chicken thighs get nice and golden.
Finally, do not waste those little brown bits left in the pans. Swish them out with some of your chicken stock or even a bit of water. They add so much flavor to this slow cooker white chicken chili recipe.
Thighs can slow cook forever, so this is great to get prepped the night before, stash in the fridge overnight, and pop in the slow cooker before a long, busy day. You can even streamline it if you want and skip the browning of the thighs, but I really think this adds so much flavor and color.
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