I am really excited to share this Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili recipe with you. Not only was it great, but I used a new method to make it that I think will open up all kinds of possibilities for soups in the slow cooker.
I used dry beans and bone-in chicken breasts. Usually, soup recipes will call for you to cook the chicken separately and then remove it from the bone before adding it to the soup. And if you already have chicken cooked and in the freezer, it’s a simple process to do that.
But I wanted to experiment with cooking the chicken in the soup. I’ve done this with boneless chicken before, but bone-in chicken gives a much better flavor. And it worked great! I loved simplifying the soup making to one step and one pot. I will be using this method a lot now!
With all of these soups for our Slow Cooker Soup Series, I’m aiming for recipes that don’t require any cooking or prep ahead of time, including pre-cooking meat. I want to find and create the easiest soups possible.
The only prep that this recipe requires is soaking the beans. This step couldn’t be simpler. Sort through the beans to find anything that needs tossed, then pour water over them and go to bed. It’s a one minute process, if you take your time. 30 seconds if you’re in a hurry. And if you forget to do the soak, you can do a quick soak in the morning.
Here’s what you’ll need. Well, part of it anyway. I ended up adding a few ingredients as I tweaked the recipe as I was creating it. [Read more...]