Easy Creamy Chicken Chili // Kitchen Hacks

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Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.17.05 AMWhether you’re busy or just efficient, hacks are EVERYTHING. I love learning new ways to make hard boiled eggs easier to peel, how to core strawberries with a plastic straw and how to shred chicken with an electric hand mixer. Have you ever had one of those insanely busy weekends when you weren’t able to make dinner for your family? That was totally me last weekend, as I was attending a blogger conference. Luckily, I made a stress-free slow cooker creamy chicken chili that was easy and delicious. I left a few hack ideas for my husband to turn the chili into two new meals on the nights I was away. #WinningAtLife #HesAKeeper

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Chili


  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 2  cans (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 1  can (15 oz each) Rosarita® Premium Whole Black Beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1  can (15.25 oz each) whole kernel corn
  • 1  pkg (1.0 oz each) Ranch dip mix
  • 1  tablespoon chili powder
  • 1  teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1  pkg (30 oz each) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1  pkg (8 oz each) cream cheese
  • Fresh cilantro, optional
  • Fresh avocado, optional

DIRECTIONS:Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 4.28.13 PMSpray inside of 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 4.26.04 PMPlace beans, corn, tomatoes, ranch, chili powder and cumin in slow cooker; stir to combine. Add chicken and cover with tomato mixture. 
Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 4.29.01 PMCover and cook on HIGH 4 hours or LOW 6 hours, until chicken shreds easily with a fork, or the shred it using a hand mixer.Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 4.29.40 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-21 at 4.30.42 PMStir cream cheese into soup until melted and combined.Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 4.30.00 PM Sprinkle each serving with chopped cilantro and avocado, if desired.Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 4.31.15 PMThis recipe was so simple, but it is so comforting and filling on a cold night.
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And now the part I know you’ve been waiting for, the recipe hacks.
Mexican Style Baked Potato

Oh. My. Goodness. These are one of the best baked potatoes I’ve ever had.


  • Baked Potatoes
  • Prepared white chicken chili recipe
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh green onions
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Open the baked potato, add salt and pepper. Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 5.57.37 PMAdd the desired amount of hot creamy chicken chili.Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 5.58.36 PM Add shredded cheese, sour cream and top with fresh green onion. Enjoy!Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 5.59.13 PM

White chicken chili mini pot pie
To make these adorable and very easy pot pies, add cold creamy chicken chili and fill a small ramekin. Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.16.37 AMUsing a glass cup as a cookie-cutter, cut out the puff pastry dough and place  on top of each of the chili-filled ramekins.Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 5.55.30 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 5.56.52 PMPress the dough down to the edges and add a hole in the top with a knife. Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 5.56.15 PMBake for 40 minutes at 350°. Remove from oven and enjoy!Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 6.01.17 PM

Under the sink organization 
One of the most frustrating things about storage under the sink is how awkward it is, not to mention knocking over 15 other things to grab the one bottle in the back. By putting a turn table underneath the sink, easily rotate things from front to back with a simple turn, so easy!Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.57.34 AMHow to maximize space in your pantry.
One of the best ways to maximize space in your pantry is to use as much vertical space is possible. Sometimes the best way to do that is using stackable bins, they will allow you to reach in and easily grab what you need and also refill as needed. I found these bins at the hardware store for two dollars a piece and added labels to make them more organized.

Clean your microwave with citrus and water

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.50.15 AMHave you tried cleaning your microwave with chemicals and couldn’t stop thinking about it being too close to your food? There’s so many things about that that’s just don’t sit well with me. Which is why I was really excited when this hack actually worked. Simply cut up you favorite citrus fruit i.e. lemon, lime, oranges and place in a microwave safe bowl, submerged in water. Microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes until there is lots of perspiration on the door and you’re able to simply open the door and a wipe out all of the splatters with a dry microfiber cloth. That way you can feel good about only having the natural oils from the fruit in your weekly and not a ton of chemicals.


I was able to find all of the ConAgra products and other ingredients like fresh produce I needed for my recipe and hacks at Walmart. And if you want even more recipes that are perfect during the cold winter months, visit Yes You Can Recipes for some fresh ideas!

What are your favorite slow cooker meals to prepare for a comforting family dinner?




2 thoughts on “Easy Creamy Chicken Chili // Kitchen Hacks”

  1. Oh my goodness, those meal ideas are absolutely perfect for our house! I am in love with your simple pot pie! My family loves pot pie! This is so much easier than what I used to do! I have to try it! #client

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