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Slow Cooker Creamy Chipotle Chicken Tortellini

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Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tortellini with Broccoli by Picky Palate

I’ve got another crock pot dinner for you today!  I call it my Slow Cooker Creamy Chipotle Chicken Tortellini.  This one is great for Sunday dinner or even weeknights.  You’ll need just a few basic pantry ingredients to get started.

Can you even believe we are into March already?  This year is flying!  The school year is going to be over before we know it.  Let’s all breath and try to slow this year down together, lol!

Let’s take a look at how to put together the recipe.



Here’s your line up of ingredients.  You can find the chipotle sauce in the Mexican section of your grocery store.  I wanted to use the dry tortellini, but couldn’t find them.  Fresh works too, but the dry tortellini is much less expensive if you can find it!

chicken in crock pot

There are a couple of options for cooking your chicken.  You can slow cook them like I have pictured here for 3-4 hours on high.  Or you can bake them at 350 loosely covered with foil for about 50-60 minutes.  Once the chicken is cooked, shred it into bite size pieces.



After your chicken is cooked, remove it from the crock pot and add your chicken broth then cream cheese.


broccoli in crock pot

Add your broccoli.


Add your tortellini.


tortellini 2

Straight to the crock pot.



Add your shredded chicken to the crock pot.

cumin and chipotle sauce

Add your cumin, chipotle sauce, salt and pepper.  Cook on high for 2 hours then time to enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tortellini with Broccoli 3t


Slow Cooker Creamy Chipotle Chicken Tortellini


  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 3 medium chicken breasts
  • 32 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pound tortellini, dry or fresh
  • 8 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 tablespoons chipotle sauce (If the can has whole chipotle peppers, use the sauce from it)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat crock pot to high setting. Place 1 cup chicken broth into crock pot over chicken breasts. Cook for 3-4 hours until easy to shred with a fork. Discard broth and shred chicken into bite size pieces.
  2. Pour 32 ounces of chicken broth into crock pot. Place cream cheese, broccoli, tortellini, shredded chicken, chipotle sauce, cumin, salt and pepper into crock pot. Close lid and cook on high for 2 hours. Stir gently to combine cream cheese. Serve in bowl. Top with pepper.

Makes 8-10 Servings

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    Jewellee says:

    I want to make this tomorrow. I have dry tortellini. How long do you think I could cook them in the crock pot before they would turn mushy? Thank you!

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    Angela says:

    Has anyone tried this on low for longer period of time? I wanted to make it tonight but between school pick up and gymnastics we will be gone 3-4 hours so I won’t be home after 2 hours to turn it off. I don’t want to end up with mushy tortellini. Thoughts?

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    Becky H says:

    Hi! If I use dry tortellini, are the directions exactly the same (i.e. toss it in dry and cook on high for 2 hours), or should I cook the tortellini according to package directions and then add it to the slowcooker?

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    Stephanie says:

    Eek… I normally LOVE your recipes, but this was a huge flop! There was almost no flavor and there is no way you put the broccoli in the picture here in your crock pot for two hours. The broccoli was WAY overdone! It would be better to steam it separately and add it at the end or at least add it part way through.

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    Brittany says:

    I know this is an old post, but I just saw this recipe on Pinterest and made it for my family tonight. They couldn’t stop raving about how great it was! I strained the original chicken broth that was used to cook the chicken breasts and put it back in the crockpot. I also used La Victoria Salsa Brava Hot Sauce instead of the chipotle sauce because I didn’t have any on hand, and it still worked great! The dish had a nice, mild kick to it. Will definitely be making this again!! 🙂

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    Maeve says:

    When making Slow Cooker Creamy Chipotle Chicken Tortellini and using dry tortellini, should you cook the tortellini before adding to the crock pot?

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    Lisa says:

    This recipe was great as is! Made no changes! My 2 sons 3 and 1 both enjoyed it!!!!

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    Lauren says:

    This recipe looks so good! I have to comment that I have the cup that is in the picture. I picked up a set of 18 with the plates that match.

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    Meredith says:

    Can I use frozen broccoli? I bought a HUGE bag at Costco a couple of days ago and came across this recipe today!

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