Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells - Delicious stuffed shell pasta filled with cheese and crispy chicken, topped with marinara sauce and more cheese! Chicken parmesan stuffed shells are an easy and delicious weeknight meal that is sure to be a new family favorite!
Stuffed shell pasta has always been a favorite meal of mine. Making them on Christmas Eve was a tradition at my house that I absolutely loved every year! These chicken parmesan stuffed shells are my spin on a combination of two of my absolute favorite meals - those amazing stuffed shells I had growing up and of course, chicken parmesan! Now these stuffed shells are so much easier to make than they look. It's an easy meal that feeds a crowd and takes less than 40 minutes. Crazy, right?
I highly suggest serving these stuffed shells with some garlic bread. For me, pasta just isn't complete unless I can be dipping some crunchy bread in the pasta sauce. The combination of flavors is so perfect together too!
TIPS AND TRICKS ON CHICKEN PARMESAN STUFFED SHELLS
- What is a stuffed shell? It's a jumbo shell pasta filled with delicious filling such as cheese and meat before being baked. I did actually have to explain it to my friend who was over for dinner because he hadn't heard of them before!
- Using breaded chicken tenders really takes them to the next step but that is totally optional. If you want to cut out a bit of the carbs, you can use plain chicken breasts instead.
- Make sure you give the jumbo shell pasta a bit of time to cool before stuffing them with filling. I'll admit, I got a bit excited about making dinner and I didn't wait for them to cool and was playing hot potato with the noodles each time I picked them up because they were so hot! Be careful!
- Spooning in the filling to the shells is easy but another way is to put the filling in a ziploc bag, cut of the end, and pipe it into each shell.
- I used a 9"x13" baking dish for the stuffed shells. Make sure you do use a dish with a rim, you don't want the marinara sauce overflowing out of the dish.
If you're looking for other delicious pasta dinner recipes, try these:
- One Pan Lasagna Macaroni
- Creamy French Onion Beef and Noodles
- One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Sausage Pasta
- Garlic Parmesan Bacon Ranch Spaghetti
Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells
- 1 package jumbo shell pasta
- 5-6 chicken tenders
- 2 cups marinara
- 16 ounces ricotta cheese
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
- Cook chicken tenders and jumbo shell pasta according to instructions on the packaging. Make sure to drain pasta and well and let cool a bit before proceeding. Cut chicken tenders into chunks that are about ½ inch cubes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, combine ricotta, half of the mozzarella, parmesan, garlic powder, italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.
- Cover the bottom of a large baking dish with half of the marinara sauce. Spread it evenly around. Spoon about 1 ½ tablespoon of ricotta filling into each of the shells before placing 2 chunks of chicken on top of the filling. Place face up in the baking dish. Repeat with remaining shells.
- Cover the shells with the remaining marinara and sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese and bread crumbs on top. Place in oven and bake 20-22 minutes.