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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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  1. 1

    Comfort food at its best! I love the hint of cumin in this, Jenny! Need a crockpot in my life, lol!

  2. 2
    Fanny says:

    I so wish we had crockpot here in Europe !
    I’m really impressed the tortellini are not over backed after 2 hours ?!

  3. 3

    This looks like something my kids would love (and I love the fact that it’s a slow cooker meal)! Does the chipotle make it really spicy? I’m trying to decide whether or not I should leave that ingredient out since I’m feeding toddlers.

  4. 4

    Creamy broccoli with spicy chipotle sauce sounds amazing for a pasta!

  5. 5

    Love my slow cooker! My boys will love this one, Jenny. Great idea!

  6. 6
    Naomi says:

    I love this! I’m all about slow cooker meals lately, so this is going on this to-do list!

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    Maria says:

    Love tortellini meals!

  8. 8

    I love this slow cooker meal! So easy and tasty 🙂 perfection in a bowl!

  9. 9
    Amanda says:

    What a fun an d creative way to have a delicious chicken dinner! Adding these ingredients to my grocery list! 🙂

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    I’m all about slow cooker meals lately!! It’s a lifesaver with an infant around 🙂 This looks fabulous!!

  12. 12

    Love slow cooker meals, especially those involving tortellini!

  13. 13
    Susan P says:

    This looks yummy, but why pour off the broth the chicken originally cooked in….would this broth have a lot of flavor?

    • 13.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Susan, glad you brought this up, you can absolutely use the initial chicken broth, but it had all the chicken fat floating throughout. You could drain it and it’d be just fine.

  14. 14
    marla says:

    This is such a great idea for dinner tonight!! Thank you Jenny 🙂

  15. 15

    I can’t believe it! You have the same little glass cup (top photo) that I have. Do you have the snack plate/tray that goes with the cup? My aunt had these for decades and gave me half of hers. The cup fits tightly into one of the sections on the rectangular plate. One of the sections on the plate has an indentation to hold a cigarette! Isn’t that wild?! So people could walk around with their plate, complete with built-in ashtray, and smoke too!

  16. 16

    You have solved my dilemma for dinner tonight! I already had the chicken out this morning wondering what to make with it. And my kids will love this! I am starting it right away…can’t wait! Thanks you, Jenny(=

  17. 17
    Jenna says:

    I love the variety of textures and flavors in this dish!

  18. 18

    This looks delicious, and so easy! Definitely trying this soon. Such a good dinner idea.

  19. 19

    Girl, you have been rocking that pink Crock-Pot! Love this idea. 🙂

  20. 20

    I really need to invest in a crock pot! By the way, I was at the doctor’s office the other day reading through some magazines and I saw a picture of you in one of them! I was so excited! I had no idea you worked with Cool Whip! You looked FAB btw!

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    Erin says:

    Might be a dumb question…but is it really 8 cups of broccoli? That seems like a lot…
    Other than that, I am so making this tomorrow. 🙂

  23. 23

    I am definitely trying this! Sounds like my kinda meal 🙂

  24. 24

    This looks so good! I love slow cooker meals like this!

  25. 25
    Casey says:

    We have a HUGE snowstorm coming here in Chicago, this is the perfect “snowed-in meal”!!! yumm 🙂

  26. 26

    This is pure comfort food…and easy to throw together!

  27. 27

    Oh my! This looks fabulous, Jenny!

  28. 28

    I just love creamy recipes waaay too much, but I know this one would be worth every bite!

  29. 29
    Beth says:

    Jenny – Absolutely LOVE everything you do – especially the sweets. Made this today – it was GREAT. But the sauce is a little thin, so I added a slurry of cornstarch to thicken it up. Also, cut the pepper sauce in half and let people add if more heat was desired. Will definitely make this again.

  30. 30
    Samantha says:

    I made this last night it was super yummy! I added some eggplant because I had it and needed to use it. The kids loved it!

  31. 31
    Marti says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and I used rotisserie chicken because I didn’t have time to cook chicken in the oven and I also used a red pepper purée instead of chipotle peppers and it came out amazing. Thank for the awesome dinner idea!!

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    Raci says:

    I have not eaten this yet because it is still cooking but I did find it funny that in the direction steps none of them said anything about putting the tortellini in. I got all done putting everything step by step into the crock pot and all I could think was ………….. something is missing…LOL I did obviously figure it out but still, LOL!!! I did add Nibblet Corn too.

  33. 33
    Wendy says:

    The house must smell great while this is cooking! This looks flavorful and filling. Thanks!

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    carrian says:

    Love this slow cooker dish! Tortellini is one of our all time favorites!

  36. 36

    Hooray for slow cooker meals. I think I might need this in my life this week!

  37. 37

    Wooow,full food and nice blog,very nice,

  38. 38
    ashleigh says:

    What’s the secret ingredient?

  39. 39
    Elizabeth Resendez says:

    Adding this and your skillet chili Mac to my menu this week, i will probably add more once i do a lil more browsing. I also want to say thanks for hosting the iPad mini giveaway, I’m one of the winners and I’m sooo excited thank you.

  40. 40
    Amanda says:

    Fantastic recipe thanks. Made it yesterday and it went down a treat. Only addition I made was some lightly roasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled over the top. My family love these and they’re so good for them.

  41. 41
    Marie says:

    Hi Jenny. I have a question. I have several cans of “chipotle peppers in adobo sauce” that I use for one of my favorite soup recipes. How would you say this compares with the chipotle sauce called for in this recipe? I went ahead and put in 4 Tbsp of the adobo sauce but I’m nervous now that it will either ruin the flavor or make it too hot or something. What do you think? Are you familiar with the canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce?

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    stephanie says:

    I saw this recipe on pinterest and it sounded good so i tried it today and i really did not like it. The chipolte flavor did not taste good on the tortellini and the chicken didn’t taste good with it either. I did the exact measurements and cooking time but it wasn’t creamy like I’d hoped.

  43. 43
    Raci says:

    I just recently came across this site. I have been trying alot of the recipes. This soup was the best thing I have made so far. Thank you, Thank you for this outstanding recipe. I have been wanting to make different dishes for a very long time and this Picky Palate site has got me going. I am SOOOOO glad I came across it!!!! My family is VERY happy as well.

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  46. 46
    Lauren says:

    hello! I just threw chicken in the crockpot to get this recipe going. I am OBSESSED with anything chipotle, it’s a little sad. 🙂 I really want to know where you found canned chipotle sauce though?? All I can find is chipotle peppers in adobo sauce! I have seen this La Costena can though in this blog and others. Please tell me which store you found this! Thank you!

    • 46.1
      Jenny says:

      Lauren, I apologize for just now getting back to you. Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce is the same thing as chipotle sauce so you (were) on the right track. The can with whole chipotle peppers also has sauce in it. 🙂

  47. 47
    Cindy says:

    Hi im about to cook this i just have a question. I have decided to cook my chicken in oven, im just wonering if i have to add chicken broth as well or thats only if im using the crockpot?

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    Christina says:

    Is chipotle sauce the same thing as using the sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce?

    • 50.1
      Jenny says:

      The can that has whole chipotle peppers in it also has sauce so you can use the sauce from either. I’ve updated the recipe to clarify. Thank you for your question. 🙂

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