Are you craving for an Italian dinner? Cheesy chicken and spinach stuffed shells is the perfect dish for you. This is a super simple and easy recipe to make. It’s packed with two of our most favorite – cheese and chicken! The more cheese you put, the more delicious it gets. Best served with a fresh vegetable salad or crostinis.
• 2 large boneless chicken breasts
• 1 box (15 oz) jumbo pasta shells
• 1 jar (26 oz) spaghetti sauce
• 1 cup ricotta cheese
• 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
• 2 cups mozzarella cheese (shredded and divided)
• 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
• 2 cups fresh spinach (diced)
• 3 garlic cloves (minced)
• 1/2 small white onion (diced)
• 1/4 cup mayonnaise
• 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
• 1 egg (beaten)
• 1 tbsp parsley flakes
• Black pepper
This recipe takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Serves 6-8.
Preheat oven to 450 F.
Season chicken breasts with salt and black pepper.
Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the jumbo pasta shells in a large pot with boiling water for 12-15 minutes.
Stir occasionally to avoid the pasta from sticking together.
Drain and rinse with cold water.
Separate the pasta shells and place them on a baking sheet.
Get the roasted chicken and let it cool.
Dice the chicken breasts.
Put in a large bowl and mix with diced spinach and white onion.
Add minced garlic.
Mix well and set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix ricotta, parmesan, and cream cheese.
Sprinkle parsley flakes and mix well.
Add mozzarella cheese and beaten egg.
Mix well to combine all ingredients.
Season with salt and pepper.
Mix with chicken mixture.
Prepare a baking dish.
Cover the bottom and edges with spaghetti sauce.
Fill the pasta shells with the chicken and cheese mixture.
Arrange on the baking dish.
Sprinkle remaining spaghetti sauce on top of the pasta shells.
Cover the dish and let it bake for 30-35 minutes.
Remove from the oven.
Add remaining mozzarella cheese on top of it.
Bake for 5-7 minutes or until the cheese melts.
Serve and enjoy!
Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fqkr4ZsVQA