Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Mac–an easy one pot recipe for cheesy chili mac made with tender bites of chicken and two kinds of beans. A perfect easy weeknight meal.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Mac
What could be better than a warm bowl of chicken chili or a warm bowl of macaroni and cheese? I’ll tell you what! A warm bowl of the two mixed together. Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Mac is something I’ve been wanting to make for a while and today was snowy and cold and I decided it would be a perfect time to make it. This is a perfect family meal. Kids love it, adults love it. I love this recipe because it’s all made in one pot–your crockpot. No browning or sauteing is necessary. And I just added the uncooked pasta straight into the slow cooker instead of boiling it on the stove.
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For this slow cooker chicken chili mac recipe I used my 6 quart oval Kitchenaid slow cooker. I love this slow cooker. It cooks low and evenly. I love the medium heat choice because most slow cookers that I’ve seen only have the option of cooking on low or high. If you’re going to buy just one slow cooker, this is the one that I recommend.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Mac
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
- Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
An easy one pot recipe for cheesy chili mac made with tender bites of chicken and two kinds of beans. A perfect easy weeknight meal.
- 1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 (15.5 oz) can Pinto Chili Beans, with juice
- 1 (15.5 oz) can Kidney Chili Beans, with juice
- 10 oz dry macaroni noodles
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
- 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- Add chicken, broth, onion, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, tomatoes and both cans of beans (with juice) to slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours.
- Remove the chicken and place on a cutting board. Add uncooked macaroni noodles and tomato sauce. Shred or cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Add chicken back into slow cooker.
- Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 30 more minutes, or until macaroni is tender. Add in grated cheese, parsley. Taste and then add additional salt and pepper and chili powder and cumin to taste. Stir. Serve and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1/8 of the recipe
- Calories: 481
- Sugar: 7 g
- Sodium: 1120 mg
- Fat: 14 g
- Carbohydrates: 54 g
- Protein: 38 g
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Sarah Springer says
Added 1 8oz tomato paste to thicken it up it was like soup . Added more salt, pepper and garlic . Cooked extra time onions were not fully cooked after 6hrs in low.
Pretty good !
This is my all time FAVORITE recipe! Everyone in my family loves this meal. We use lean ground beef instead of the chicken and just brown it up and drain any grease before we add the other ingredients, taste delicious. Leftovers, if….we have any, are also super yummy!
Yummy! That sounds so good with the beef.
I put the tomato sauce in with all of the ingredients at the beginning. Is that ok?
Yes I bet that would be good.
I made this tonight. It was great! I only had one can of chili beans, so for the second can I used a can of plain kidney beans (drained and rinsed), plus a half cup of chili sauce. It came out delicious…Thanks!
Hi, I’m cooking this for my husband, toddler and me. Have you ever frozen this for later? I hope it will turn out okay later on if I freeze our leftovers.
The only concern I have is that the pasta would get bloated and soak up all the liquid. You could cook the pasta separately and just add it in each person’s bowl.
Hi, will whole grain elbow noodles be ok to use in the chicken chili mac? Or will the taste be different than using regular elbow noodles? Thanks.
They will be just fine! I have used them before.