If you're going to use ground sausage, cook in skillet per package instructions till done
Lightly grease Crock Pot
Add chicken or sausage to pot. If using chicken, I put the whole breasts in, and then take them out after about 3 or 4 hours and shred, then I toss back in to cook another hour or so
Add all ingredients, with whipping cream then chicken broth last. I usually end up only using about 1 to 2 cups of chicken broth because I like the soup very creamy, and sometimes I use none at all. So watch it, the extra broth can make it watery, and I prefer a thick soup.
Let cook on low heat in Crock Pot 4 to 6 hours (I usually go 6 with chicken).
The cream cheese does not always melt all the way through so I stir it well before serving, and if there are still cream cheese chunks, I zap each individual bowl in microwave, then stir again.