This Slow Cooker Healthy Chicken Chili is an easy recipe that is big on flavor and the perfect bowl of comfort food when it’s cold outside!
I love soups and chili. When the weather turns cooler in the fall here in Kansas, I get super excited to start cooking up all of my favorite soups.
What I love about them is that they are easy to prepare, easy to reheat for leftovers, and delicious… because who doesn’t love delicious food?!
Can you put raw meat in slow cooker for chili?
This is why I LOVE my Cuisinart Multi-Cooker! Instead of browning the ground chicken on a skillet on the stove, I am able to brown it in the slow cooker and then add the remaining ingredients into the slow cooker. This slow cooker seriously makes cooking so easy… if only it could do my dishes! 😉
This recipe is loaded with beans and spices… but you won’t find any tomato chunks in it.
My husband is not a fan of tomato chunks. If I make a recipe with diced tomatoes it’s guaranteed he will pick them out and leave them on his plate. So I told him I was going to create a recipe that he would approve of.
When he ate this one he said it had the best “sauce” (we don’t use technical terms around here) he’d tasted in our kitchen in a while.
If you don’t like tomato chunks… this one might be a winner for you, too!
Can I also say that I’m kind of obsessed with ancho chili powder? I’m not sure why I haven’t experimented with this before but it is seriously so good and adds a hint of smokiness to your food. If you haven’t played around with it in your kitchen you should.
This soup makes such great leftovers and you can top it with all kinds of goodies. Some ideas for toppings are:
- non-fat greek yogurt (alternative to sour cream)
- sour cream
- tortilla chips
- saltine crackers
How long does it take to make chili in the slow cooker?
This depends on if your meat is fully cooked or not prior to adding it into the slow cooker, but if the meat is fully cooked, then you can cook it at a minimum of 1 hour on high.
My personal preference is to leave the chili cooking on low in the slow cooker all day though, approximately 6-8 hours. I believe this gives the chili better flavor and allows the flavors to marry. Plus, it’s easier to prepare in the morning and walk in the door to dinner at night!
A delicious side dish to any chili recipe is cornbread!
Have you tried this easy cornbread recipe?
I hope this chili warms you up from the inside out in these cool winter months! I would love it if you would share this Slow Cooker Healthy Chicken Chili with your friends who enjoy healthy, easy recipes! Enjoy!
Slow Cooker Healthy Chicken Chili
- 1 small yellow onion
- 1 pound 99% fat free ground chicken
- 28 ounce crushed tomatoes
- 8 ounce tomato sauce
- 15.5 ounce black beans drained & rinsed
- 15.5 ounce navy (white) beans drained & rinsed
- 4 ounces diced green chilis
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 tsp ancho chili powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp minced garlic jarred
- Dice onion and place in skillet (or multi-cooker) with ground chicken. Cook until chicken is fully cooked and onions are translucent.
- Add chicken and onions to slow cooker.
- Drain and rinse beans and add to the slow cooker.
- Add all remaining ingredients to slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6 hours, or high for 2-4 hours.
Photo Credit: Gourmet Creations Photography