Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini

Sharing our favorite chicken tortellini today! My slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini makes the perfect home cooked dinner for your family and friends. It’s creamy, simple to put together and has just the right amount of kick to it.

Chicken Tortellini

I’ve got a delicious crock pot dinner for you today! My Slow Cooker Creamy Chipotle Chicken Tortellini is great for Sunday dinner or even weeknights. You’ll need a handful of basic pantry ingredients, to get started. Let’s take a look at how to put together the recipe.

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ingredients lined up on counter for chicken tortellini

What You’ll Need

  • boneless chicken breast– I look for medium sized chicken breasts for this recipe. Make sure packaging says boneless and skinless chicken breast.
  • chicken broth– Be sure to look for reduced sodium chicken broth. I prefer adding salt to my recipes, rather than having a chicken broth with more salt.
  • cream cheese– Full fat cream cheese is what I prefer for the recipe.
  • tortellini– You can use tortellini that’s in the refrigerated section near the cheeses or pick up the dried tortellini in the pasta section.
  • chipotle sauce– Find the chipotle sauce in the ethnic or Mexican foods section of the grocery store.
  • broccoli florets– You can cut your own broccoli florets or get the bag of florets already cut into florets.
  • ground cumin– Ground cumin gives the perfect spice to the recipe. It’s fragrant and smoky. Find it in the spices section of the grocery store.
  • kosher salt and black pepper– Kosher salt is a coarse salt that is commonly used in cooking and baking. It’s near the table salt. For best tasting results use fresh cracked black pepper.

adding chicken breast to slow cooker for 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.

adding ingredients to slow cooker for chicken tortellini

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

adding tortellini to crock pot

Broccoli goes in the crock pot next.

chicken tortellini

Add your tortellini straight to the crock pot.

shredded cooked chicken in crock pot

Shredded chicken to the crock pot next.

ground cumin and can of chipotle

Add your cumin, chipotle sauce, salt and pepper. Cook on high for 2 hours.

chicken tortellini in serving bowl

How To Serve

Serve chicken tortellini hot in individual serving bowls. Top with your favorite hot sauce and even some shredded cheese if you’d like. It’s great served as is too.

Leftovers

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat as needed.

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 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 313kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $25
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Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing spoon
  • forks to shred chicken breast

Ingredients

  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 3 medium chicken breasts
  • 32 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, full fat preferred 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

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. 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.

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. Mimi @ Culinary Couture

    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!

  7. Gloria @ Simply Gloria

    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(=

  8. Jean | Delightful Repast

    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!

  9. 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. Jenny

      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.

  10. Cookbook Queen

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

  11. Amanda

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

  12. Blair Lonergan (The Seasoned Mom)

    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.
    Thanks!

      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!

  13. Fanny

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

  14. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

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

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