Chicken & Cheese Stuffed Shells

On of my family’s favorite meals is my Jumbo Shells stuffed with Chicken and Cheese. I don’t make it too often because it can be pretty time consuming, but it really is delicious and so worth the time and effort that goes into them. One thing you can do to make the process a lot faster is to pre-cook and shred the chicken and stick it in the fridge over night. If only I could remember to do this, I would probably make this delicious meal more often.

chicken and cheese stuffed Shells

 

Chicken & Cheese Stuffed Shells

 

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Chicken & Cheese Stuffed Shells
 
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Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6-7
Ingredients
  • 4 Chicken Breasts, cooled and shredded
  • 1 box of Jumbo Shells
  • 4 Cups of Fresh Spinach
  • 1 8 oz Package of Cream Cheese
  • 3 Cups of Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Cup of Freshly grated (large grate) Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Marinara Sauce of Choice (Homemade or in a jar)
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Start by cooking the jumbo shells. They will only need to be par cooked, so don't boil them until they are too soft.
  3. While the shells boil, tear the spinach's stems off and shred it. Set Aside.
  4. Heat the cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for 30 second intervals until it is very soft, but not liquidy or scorched.
  5. In a large bowl, add the chicken, cream cheese, 2 cups of mozzarella cheese and ½ cup Parmesan cheese. Mix well with your hands as if you are mixing a dough.
  6. Drain the shells.
  7. Add the spinach to the chicken and cheese mixture and mix in well. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder to taste.
  8. Taking a teaspoon, scoop out the chicken and cheese mixture and stuff the shells. Place them in a glass baking dish. When there is no more room, top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake for 20-30 minutes, covered (with aluminum foil). During the last 5 minutes or so, remove the foil.
  10. Heat up some marinara sauce, top and enjoy!
Notes
Cook your chicken a day beforehand for fastest prep time. If you didn't, you will need to poach the chicken in water or chicken broth and allow to cool before shredding.

 

5 Replies to “Chicken & Cheese Stuffed Shells”

  1. This is so yummy and easy to make. I love having stuffed shells and need to make your wonderful recipe and have for a Sunday dinner when everyone is home.

  2. ohhhh sounds so delish! I cannot wait to try it. I think there is the high probability hubby will eat these but will have to do a few without spinach for him. yummm!
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  3. Beautiful Stuffed Shells, I just love your stuffing, delicious! Hope you have had a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Miz Helen!

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