Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
Chili is an amazing comfort food and crowd pleaser do to it’s versatility and that it can be served with most anything. Now imagine adding cream cheese to your chili! This recipe is so easy. Its a fix-it-and-forget-it kind of dinner. I was inspired to make it after finding the recipe on Plain Chicken. First you will need 3 chicken breasts, 1 can of Rotel, 1 can of corn, 1 can of black beans, 1 can of white beans, onion powder, chili powder, cumin and a packet of ranch seasoning.
The recipe is full of flavor with rich seasonings and teens will love it because they can eat it up right after they get back from school! If you are not in any hurry I recommend cooking this on low for 6-8 hours. If time is tight this can be cooked on high for 4-6 hours!
First place your chicken breasts at the bottom of your crock pot.
Then drain and rinse the black beans and add in the corn. Add them on top of the chicken. Next add the Rotel and the white beans all of the seasonings and place the brick of cream cheese on top.
Cook everything for 6-8 hours and then shred chicken with 2 forks. Stir together and serve.
Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
- 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 can white beans
- 1 can corn , undrained
- 1 can Rotel , undrained
- 1 package ranch dressing mix
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 8 oz package light cream cheese
- 2 chicken breasts
Place chicken at bottom of crock pot, then pour whole can of corn, rotel, black beans and white beans on top. Cover with seasonings and ranch mix. Stir together. Place cream cheese on top. Cover with lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir cream cheese into chili. Use 2 forks to shred chicken. Stir together and serve.
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86 thoughts on “Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili”
I make this often but want to take it to a friend’s house as a “deliver a meal” kind of thing and I don’t know what to serve it with. Other than tortillas? Any ideas??
Perfect with Tortilla chips and make nachos. Love it.
That is my favorite!
My first time trying this,,,paired with chili cheese fritos! WAS Amazing!!!
I am so happy to hear this!!
It’s great over rice!!!
This would be good over rice perhaps? Or pair with a green salad? Or maybe serve with triscuits?
My husband likes it on top of spaghetti noodles.
I have never tried that! Good idea!
I use white rice it’s awesome!
I make it with Mexican cornbread! Good on the side or in the soup.
I sometimes make cornbread to go with it!
You could make it into sort of a chili pie by using corn bread on top for a crust.
That sounds like a great idea!
It is SO delicious!!
White rice is good with it!
I read somewhere that it’s great over rice. We use fritos.
Cornbread or rolls
A friend of mine served it with Mexican cornbread. I have made jalapeño bread with it.
How many does this feed?
I would say 6-8 people!
Is the gluten free?
I believe the ranch seasoning has Gluten in it.
yes you are correct.
No it says gluten free on the back of the packet. I have celiac and have used it for years!
Someone had just made this at a potluck at my job. It was awesome! They served it with Frito Corn Chips.
Can this be doubled for a larger crowd and if so, do I double every thing in recipe?
when i double this i double everything except for the beans. i think four cans of beans would be too much.
Agreed. The beans tend to expand a little and that many cans of beans would make it way too thick.
I love this recipe and have made it a bunch of times. It’s really good chilled and then used as dip for tortilla chips ?
Any suggestions on reheating? Making it the night before a work luncheon and didn’t know if I needed to add anything when I reheat it in crockpot the next day (for about 4 hours till noon serving time).
I usually reheat in the microwave, but I bet you could re-introduce it back into the crockpot and heat it for an hour or two?
Thanks! I’m probably going to cook from midnight to 6AM, then carry in crockpot to work and keep on low till the noon serving time. Hopefully it won’t dry out. It’s so delicious!!
That’s perfect! Let me know what everyone thinks of it! So excited for you!
Has anyone tried this with ground turkey instead ?
We eat it in tortillas.
Delicious! We do too!
I leave out the beans due to not liking beans and put in Mexican velveta and put it over rice my girlfriend and friends love it.
wow, that is an interesting take on this dish! Thanks for the suggestion.
I make a similar recipe (more chicken, two cans black beans- drained and rinsed, no white beans, 1 can corn- drained, 1 can ro-tel, 2 packages cream cheese, chili powder, cumin, ranch, onion powder). It is more dip and less chili with everything drained, which makes it perfect fo our families periodic game nights. We serve with tortilla chips or corn chips, and it easily feeds 15 (as a dip with other potluck style dishes as well).
When does it start to thicken? This is my first try, doubled everything but beans, seems watery, but haven’t mixed yet, still 2 hours. Drained beans, not corn.
When does it thicken up? This is my first try, i doubled, but not the beans. Drained beans, not corn. Seems very liquidy, when it’s done does it thicken?
Hi Stacey—Did it thicken after you let it sit for a little bit? It usually thickens for me after that.
This might be a stupid question…Do you cook the chicken before you put it in the crockpot?
totally not a stupid question. But no, you put it in raw.
I accidentally forgot to drain the beans what’s going to happen? 6 hours until I’m home to find out
i don’t think anything will happen LOL. It maybe just not be as thick. I know several people who have not drained the beans.
Alice, you aren’t supposed to drain the beans anyway! You did good!
So I’ve made this several times now…but stupid me read the directions incorrectly and have been putting the cream cheese in after the 6 to 8 hours. It was still yummy. Cant wait to do it the right way….I bet it will be even way more yummy and creamy. I usually serve this with Tostito scoops.
The written directions say drain the corn, but the ingredient list says undrained corn. Which is it?
It’s undrained! I’ll fix now!
Can you use frozen chicken?
you can, but fresh is better. think the cooking time would need to be adjusted for frozen chicken.
Have fixed this recipe a half a dozen times… Awesome! I like it a little thicker than the original, so I added an extra chicken breast and another 4oz of cream cheese… Love it! Has anyone adapted THIS recipe to an instant pot? Seems like it would be a natural..
I’ll look into this for you.
Ever find out about using an instant pot to make this?
Yes, Let me get you the link: https://natashaskitchen.com/instant-pot-white-chicken-chili/
Hello can this recipe be frozen?
I have never tried freezing it so I don’t exactly know the answer to that. I don’t see why not though? If it thaws out you can just reheat it!
What can be used instead of corn??
I make this recipe a lot. The friend who gave it to me has a large family and knows how to feed a crowd. She stretched this by serving it as a topping for hasselback potatoes. It was so delicious!
I am so glad you enjoyed it!!!
what size crockpot do you use?
I use an oval crockpot but you can use any size!
Anyone know the calories/serving size for this?
i think it’s about 4-5 servings and 285 calories.
Do you have an adaptation for an instant pot? I never use my slow cooker anymore!
Can you use chicken thighs instead of breasts ?
I just made this recipe…I needed to double the recipe and didn’t read the comments until after I prepared. I doubled the beans ?any suggestions to add so it won’t be too thick?
NO WHERE do I read what oven temp to set this on……………all I find is to bake 6 to 8 hours but not mention of what temp?????
uhhh, thats because it’s made for a crockpot! You don’t bake it. It clearly says low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6.
What could you sub the ranch packet for?
That is a great question that I unfortunately don’t have an answer for. Let me research and I will get back to you!
I have some already cooked shredded chicken in my freezer. How long on cooking time do you think? 2-3 hrs? ??♀️
yes! that should be perfect and I don’t think the chicken will overcook.
Do u have to mix it before you pu the cream cheese in? I didnt see that step and im hoping it still turns out!
No, you don’t! You can mix it after its cooked :)
I use fajita grilled chicken instead of plain chicken adds much more flavor !!
the directions say to use 2 chicken breasts, but in the picture there are clearly 3…which is it?
2…I just wanted more protein!
This is one of my favorite recipes! We have it at least 3 times a month. It’s so easy and quick to put together. I keep the ingredients on hand at all times. Perfect for days we leave the house for the day. I usually serve it with cornbread. Delicious!!