Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken and White Bean Soup

Chicken and White Bean Stew


2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-10 ounce packages refrigerated light Alfredo sauce
1-15 ounce can Great Northern or white kidney beans (cannellini beans), rinsed and drained
1-cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped red onion (1 medium)
1 4 ounce can diced green chile peppers
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese (1 ounce) (optional)
Fresh parsley leaves (optional)

1.Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Sprinkle chicken with cumin and pepper. In a large skillet, cook chicken, half at a time, in hot oil over medium heat until brown. Place chicken in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in alfredo sauce, beans, broth, onion, chile peppers, and garlic.

2.Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. If desired, sprinkle each serving with cheese and parsley. Makes 8 servings.

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