Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini

Sharing our favorite chicken tortellini today! My slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini makes the perfect dinner for your family and friends.

chicken tortellini

Chicken Tortellini

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

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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 tortellini

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.

How To Make Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini

  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.

chicken tortellini

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

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Add your broccoli.

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Add your tortellini.

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Straight to the crock pot.


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Add your shredded chicken to the crock pot.

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

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini

This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini makes such a great dinner! Packed with creamy alfredo-style sauce, everyone loves this one!
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Servings: 10
Calories: 313kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: 15
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  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 642mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 904IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 3mg
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70 Responses
  1. Thanks for another great post. The place else may anyone get that kind of info in such a perfect approach
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  2. Meredith

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

  3. Lauren

    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.

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

  5. Brittany

    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!! 🙂

  6. Stephanie

    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.

  7. Becky H

    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?

  8. Angela

    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?

  9. Jewellee

    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!

    1. 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. 🙂

  10. Cindy

    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?

  11. Lauren

    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!

    1. 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. 🙂

  12. Raci

    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.

  13. stephanie

    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.

  14. Marie

    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?

  15. 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.

  16. Elizabeth Resendez

    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.

  17. Raci

    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.

  18. Marti

    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!!

  19. Samantha

    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!

  20. Beth

    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.

  21. Erin

    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. 🙂

  22. 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!

  23. 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(=

  24. 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!

  25. Susan P

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

    1. 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.

  26. 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.

      1. Joyce

        Sounds delicious! Now that I look at the recipe and see you are only using half the can of chipotle sauce, any suggestions for the rest? Can it be frozen? Is the sauce available in a bottle w/ lid? Thanks!

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