Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Chowder

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When I hear the word “chowder,” two things come to mind: creamy New England style chowder or tomato-based Manhattan style chowder. This Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Chowder recipe is neither. Instead, it’s a new twist on a traditional recipe. Kick up the flavor in your chowder and give this recipe a try!

Why is Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Chowder not a soup?

By definition, a chowder is a thick, chunky soup that is either cream or tomato based. This particular recipe uses a tomato base, along with a few Southwestern flavor infusions.

To begin our chowder transformation, we started with chicken breast, black beans, and corn kernels. Next, we added in some salsa and diced chilies to give our dish a kick of Latin flavors. It’s important to let those flavors meld and simmer for several hours in a slow cooker along with some chicken broth. In the end, the chicken will be rich with Latin spices, and it should shred easily with a fork.

Once the chicken has been shredded and returned to the slow cooker to simmer briefly, it’s almost ready to serve. You can make this chowder extra-special by topping it with creamy Greek yogurt, avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and lime wedges.

So, there you have it. You’ve taken all of the elements that make a chowder wonderful and have elevated them to create something fun and exciting. A tasty Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Chowder is served. Is your mouth watering yet? I know mine is; I can smell the Southwestern goodness!

Finally, I only have one question left to ask: What time is dinner?

Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Chowder

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Yield: 6 Servings | Serving Size: about 1 1/2 cup | Calories: 350 | Total Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Carbohydrates: 29 g | Fiber: 9 g | Sugar 6 g | Protein: 42 g | Cholesterol: 100 mg | Sodium: 749 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 1

*Nutritional information includes optional ingredients


  • 1 (15 ounce) can low sodium black beans, drained
  • 3 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar no-sugar added salsa
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced chilies
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and sliced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek Yogurt (optional)
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients except for the avocado, yogurt, cilantro, and lime in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred. Return to the cooker and cook on high for another 30 minutes.
  2. Ladle into serving bowls. Optional: top with avocado, yogurt, cilantro and a lime wedge.

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8 Comments on "Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Chowder"

  1. Ronda Bullock  March 20, 2019

    Making this today and it smells delish but I am thinking the 4 cups of broth is too much it is very watery. Considering adding some rice to soak up some of that liquid.

    • Nichole Furlong  March 21, 2019

      Ronda, if your chowder is too thin you can mix cornstarch and cold water together and add to the hot chowder to thicken. However rice would also be a great idea!

  2. amela  September 8, 2019

    is this 3lbs of chicken?

    • Gale Compton  September 8, 2019

      No, it’s 3 chicken breast filets. The weight will vary based on the size of the filets.

  3. Nikki  November 2, 2019

    Can this recipe be made in a Dutch oven/stovetop instead?

    • Nichole Furlong  November 2, 2019

      Yes, the directions will be the same. Stir occasionally while simmering.

  4. Ida Louise  February 1, 2020

    What size slow cooker was used for this recipe?

    • Nichole Furlong  February 2, 2020

      We use a standard size 6 to 8 quart slow cooker for all out slow cooker and crock pot recipes!


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