Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

Packed with high-protein ingredients like chicken, quinoa and beans, this Mexican-inspired Chicken Chili is a healthier alternative to a traditional beef chili. Simply mix all the ingredients and let the slow cooker do its magic.Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili served in a white soup plate with a glass of coke and a dinner roll in the background

Time flies, it’s already time for another reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club! Each month, a blogger is secretly assigned another blogger and chooses a recipe to make.

On reveal day (today for my group!), all our posts go up at the same time and we discover who was assigned our blog and which recipe she/he decided to try. Fun!

overhead shot of Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili with fork and spoon on the side

 This month I was assigned Anna’s blog called Cheese with Noodles. Anna lives in Alaska with her husband. She started her blog in 2011 in an effort to record her favorite recipes and inspire others to recreate them.

I love that she has a great variety of recipes to choose from: breakfast, bread, sides, salads, mains… and pssst, she even has a whole section dedicated to cookies! {wink wink} Head over to her recipe index to see what I’m talking about!

Autumn has started here in Australia so I was naturally drawn to her “Soups, Stews, & Chilis” section and decided to try her chili recipe, which features all my favourite high-protein ingredients like quinoa and chicken. Also, it’s made in a slow cooker, which is my favourite kitchen gadget ever!

Boy, this Quinoa Chicken Chili is SO GOOD! Honestly, I definitely agree with her husband when he says this is the best chili he’s ever had.

I’m not the queen of chili and didn’t try 100’s of them, but I loved this chicken chili recipe. Plus it doesn’t hurt that it’s super easy to prepare. Mix everything in the crockpot, push the button, wait, eat. Thank you crockpot! And thank you, Anna, for this delicious Quinoa Chicken Chili recipe!

Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili served in a white soup plate with a bread roll and a beverage in the background

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5 from 1 vote

Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

Packed with high protein ingredients like shredded chicken, quinoa, beans, and warming Mexican spices this Chicken Chili is a healthier alternative to a traditional beef chili. Simply mix all the ingredients and let the slow cooker do its magic.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword chicken, chili, crockpot, easy, meal prep, protein, quinoa, slow cooker, soup, stew, warming
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 236 kcal


  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cans crushed tomatoes 14 oz / 400 gram cans
  • 2 cans black beans 14 oz / 400 gram cans, drained
  • 1 cups quinoa any variety, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garlic powder I used 2 chopped garlic cloves instead
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless 680 g, skinless chicken breasts
  • toppings such as sour cream grated cheddar, diced avocado, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, or green onion (I didn't use any and it was delicious!)


  1. In a 5-6 quart slow cooker, stir together all the ingredients except chicken. Add chicken.
  2. Cover and cook until meat is cooked through, about 4 hours on high or 6 on low.
  3. Remove chicken from the slow-cooker, arrange on a chopping board or plate and shred using two forks. Return to slow cooker and mix.
  4. Serve with your favorite chili toppings, such as grated cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and green onion.

Recipe Notes

You can freeze the leftovers and thaw as needed.

Recipe from Cheese with Noodles (originally from Queen Bee Coupons)

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 704mg31%
Potassium 759mg22%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 425IU9%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I’m glad you liked it so much! It really is an awesome recipe. Whenever I make chili, I freeze a good portion of it in individual serving sized bowls, and this chili was gone from the freezer in like 2 weeks.

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