Slow Cooker Chicken Apple Cider Chili

This Slow Cooker Chicken Apple Cider Chili is a simple soup with a surprising depth of flavor from fall herbs and apple cider.

This Slow Cooker Chicken Apple Cider Chili is a simple soup with a surprising depth of flavor from fall herbs and apple cider. | foxeslovelemons.com

I have to confess that I’m not the biggest chili fan. My mom only made it occasionally when I was growing up (I liked her lasagna much more!), and when she did, I mostly just ate the “broth” and left all of the “stuff” in the bowl. I wasn’t much of a picky eater as a kid, but for some reason, traditional beef and bean chili just didn’t appeal to me. And still doesn’t.

However, in recent years I’ve really warmed up (pun intended) to chicken and white bean chili. This Slow Cooker Autumn Chicken & Apple Cider Chili has been on repeat at my house lately. Apple cider in chili may seem a little strange, but just go with me here.

When I’ve served this crock pot cider chili recipe to family and friends, nobody has known that the secret ingredient is apple cider until I mentioned it, but I think the cider, along with the fall herbs, added a unique depth of flavor to a basic chicken chili.

This Slow Cooker Chicken Apple Cider Chili is a simple soup with a surprising depth of flavor from fall herbs and apple cider. | foxeslovelemons.com

The ingredients for this Slow Cooker Chicken Apple Cider Chili Recipe are easy to find:

  • rotisserie chicken
  • Great Northern beans
  • celery
  • garlic
  • bay leaf
  • onion
  • chicken stock
  • apple cider
  • sage
  • thyme
  • chili powder
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika 
  • cayenne
  • apples

Can I use apple juice for Chicken Apple Cider Chili?

Yes! I’ve made this with apple juice in place of apple cider, and it works well. The juice adds the same sweet apple flavor that the cider would.

This Slow Cooker Chicken Apple Cider Chili is a simple soup with a surprising depth of flavor from fall herbs and apple cider. | foxeslovelemons.com

Can I make this chili recipe without beans?

You certainly can, although the beans add most of the body to the chili. Without the beans, this will be more like a chicken soup. If I wasn’t using beans in this chili, I may add a couple of cans of diced tomatoes or possibly even some cooked lentils to make it a little more filling. 

Can I make Apple Cider Chicken Chili with turkey instead of chicken?

Yes! One roasted turkey breast, chopped up into bite-sized pieces is a great substitute for the rotisserie chicken in this recipe.

Yield: 6 servings

Autumn Chicken & Apple Cider Chili

Autumn Chicken & Apple Cider Chili

This Slow Cooker Chicken Apple Cider Chili is a simple soup with a surprising depth of flavor from fall herbs and apple cider.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • Meat from 1 roasted/rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • Chopped apples, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In slow cooker, stir together chicken, beans, celery, garlic, bay leaf, onion, stock, cider, sage, thyme, chili powder, salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne. Cook on high 4 hours or on low 8 hours.
  2. If desired, serve chili topped with chopped apples.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 32mg Sodium: 307mg Carbohydrates: 25g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 9g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 15g

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This Slow Cooker Chicken Apple Cider Chili is a simple soup with a surprising depth of flavor from fall herbs and apple cider. | foxeslovelemons.com