Cream Cheese Chicken Stuffed Shells

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Cream Cheese Chicken Stuffed Shells

So many of the recipes that I share here on are family recipes that have been passed down through the generations – recipes that my mother, grandmother, and even great-grandmother prepared for our family.  This isn’t one of those.  This recipe is brand new.  It is the result of a brainstorm a few weeks ago and I’m bringing it here to you in living color today.  I LOVE developing new recipes.  I love the opportunity to work with some amazing companies like Betty Crocker to develop brand new recipes.  But this one here… it is just for y’all.

And y’all…  Y’all!!  This recipe is crazy delicious.  Crazy.  Delicious.  If I could come up with some other one word sentences to use for emphasis, I would.  It’s easy, too.  You know that easy is kinda my signature.  I just know y’all will love it as much as we do!  Enjoy!

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Cream Cheese Chicken Stuffed Shells
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Serves: about 24 shells
  • 1 (12-ounce) box jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 (8-ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese (2 cups)
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce OR 3 cups Stacey's Basic Marinara
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. You'll want it to be al dente. (You'll need about 24 shells. I say this because some will be broken when you open the box and others will be damaged during cooking.) Drain them and rinse them in cool water. Set aside.
  2. Combine the chicken, spinach, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic, basil, and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese in a large bowl.
  3. Spread about half of the pasta sauce in the bottom of a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Stuff the chicken filling into the shells. (I used a generous heaping tablespoon of filling in each one.) Then place the stuffed shells on top of the sauce in the baking dish. Pour the remaining sauce over the shells. Cover the dish (either with a lid or foil) and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven, remove the top, sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese over the shells. Return to the oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

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  1. Wow! Stacey, these sounds absolutely W O N D E R F U L !!!! I’ve just added cream cheese to my shopping list and plan on “creating” this dish over the weekend!!! Keep dreaming & sharing!

  2. YUM…..need to make these and SOON……faster and easier than lasagna for sure……and I bet the same flavor bells as a lasagna are there as well!!

  3. Oh yum!! I ate dinner at 6:30, but your shells are making me feel hungry again! 🙂
    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. I tried this recipe a couple of weeks ago and the family LOVED it!! I will be making them again this weekend for an appreciation luncheon for my volunteers at church. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Hi Stacey
    Hubby and I love this recipe, but we are only two people and it makes a lot .Can I freeze for another time? Thank you .

  6. I just made this and OH, so good! Thanks for the recipe:)

  7. Think this would work if I just served it with bowtie pasta mixed in? I always have the worst luck finding the big shells.

    • Hmmm… I’m just not sure how that would work. You can also stuff manicotti shells. We’ve done them that way too. You’ll just have fewer manicotti than you would have shells since it takes more filling to fill each one.

  8. I have developed/adapted a similar recipe for stuffed shells, but I use a small tub of ricotta instead of the cream cheese. And I have used that version and just mixed it with some stabby-type pasta like bowties or penne. Italian sausage (chicken or regular) is also a nice swap for the chicken in my recipe, if you like things a little spicy! I have another favorite pasta dish that has a cream cheese-based sauce, so I might have to try this version, too. We like pasta in my house, and this looks yummy!

  9. Lu Cravath says:

    five stars from the picky family!!

  10. I am so glad Facebook repeats recipes, SO GLAD!! I noticed post from 2014. This is in my oven as I type! I did use Italian Sausage instead of chicken and it is wonderful!!!! OOOOOHHHHH Gooey wonderfulness!!!

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