Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini

Introduction

Try out this easy and comforting Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini recipe that is perfect for busy days when you want a delicious meal without much effort. With simple ingredients and minimal prep, this dish is sure to become a family favorite.

Why Make This Recipe

Making Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini is a great way to have a hearty and satisfying meal ready with little hands-on time. The slow cooker does all the work for you, creating tender chicken and creamy tortellini in a flavorful sauce.

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 19 ounces frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan

Directions:

  1. In your slow cooker, add the chicken, heavy cream, butter, and chicken broth.
  2. Stir in the garlic and black pepper.
  3. Cook on high for 2-4 hours or low for 4-6 hours.
  4. Remove the chicken, shred or chunk it, then return it to the slow cooker.
  5. Add in the frozen tortellini and let it cook for 18-20 minutes.
  6. Stir in the shredded Parmesan until well combined.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with parsley and more Parmesan.

How to Serve Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini

Enjoy this creamy and flavorful dish on its own or pair it with a side salad or steamed vegetables for a complete meal. It’s perfect for a cozy night in with your loved ones.

How to Store Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini

Store any leftover Chicken Tortellini in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a splash of chicken broth or cream to maintain the creamy texture.

Tips to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini

  • For added flavor, you can season the chicken with Italian herbs or paprika before cooking.
  • Use good quality tortellini for the best taste and texture.
  • Stir the dish occasionally while cooking to ensure even distribution of flavors.

Variation

For a healthier version, you can use low-fat cream or substitute the heavy cream with half-and-half or coconut milk for a lighter sauce.

FAQs

  1. Can I use fresh tortellini instead of frozen? Yes, but reduce the cooking time as fresh tortellini cooks faster.
  2. Can I add vegetables to this dish? Yes, you can add spinach, peas, or diced tomatoes for extra nutrition and flavor.
  3. Can I use shredded chicken instead of whole breasts? Absolutely, shredded chicken will work well and blend nicely with the tortellini.

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