Award Winning Chicken Chili


I make this recipe for football Sunday afternoons. It is highly requested at all family events. Always gets first place at chili cookoffs. The most sought-after dish at potlucks. Enjoy!

Bowl of chicken chili on a blue napkin, garnished with cheese.
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 45 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
13 hrs 5 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken

  • 6 cups water, or as needed to cover

  • 3 (15.5 ounce) cans white beans, drained

  • 2 (15.5 ounce) cans hominy, drained

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chiles

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, or more to taste

  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon, or more to taste

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Cover chicken with water in a large pot and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer until chicken is no longer pink in the center, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove chicken and set aside to cool. Reserve cooking liquid. Shred chicken when cool enough to handle.

  2. Combine chicken, cooking liquid, white beans, hominy, onion, green chiles, garlic, cumin, oregano, and chicken bouillon in a slow cooker. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  3. Cook chicken and bean mixture on Low in slow cooker for 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Top individual servings with Monterey Jack cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

439 Calories
24g Fat
37g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 439
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 866mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 15mg 77%
Calcium 237mg 18%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 640mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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