From The Kitchen of A Military WIfe

Garlic & Chicken Stuffed Shells.

Posted on: February 3, 2010

Now ladies after serving this meal to your significant other would probably be the best time to ask him for that new car or massage that you have been wanting.  Yes, these shells are THAT GOOD.  They do take some time but not a whole lot 😀

1 box jumbo shells
6 cloves of garlic-peeled (Do not chop these, you will use them whole)
2 chicken breasts (skinless & boneless)
30 oz Skim Ricotta Cheese
1/3 cup italian breadcrumbs (you could use regular bread crumbs and add 1/2 tsp oregano)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
6 Bay Leaves (these are dried and found near the spices)
1/3 cup half&half
1 jar marinara sauce
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat your oven to 375.  Boil your pasta shells according to the directions on the box but you are going to add 1 tablespoon of butter and 2 teaspoons of salt to the water.  This well prevent the shells from sticking together.  When the shells are done cooking move the pan off of the heat but do not drain the pasta! In a food processor (or a blender if you don’t have a food processor) add the garlic, chicken, ricotta cheese, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, parsley, bay leaves, and half &half.  I made this is a blender and it took about 10 minutes of blending.  You have to keep stirring the contents to make sure everything gets shredded- ESPECIALLY the chicken.  Now I cooked this in a 9 x 13 pan and I also put some in an 8×8 pan.  In the pan you are going to use coat the bottom with Marinara sauce. When that is done you are going to stuff the shells.  Take one shell out of the pasta water and set it on your cutting board.  If it is too wet you can dry it with a paper towel.  Take a small ziploc bag and fill it halfway full with the chicken puree you have just made.  Then cut a SMALL hole in the corner.  You are going to use this bag to fill the shells- its actually much easier then it sounds.  Place each shell seam side up in the pan.  When you have stuffed all of your shells you are going to cook it for 20 min covered with foil in the oven.  After 20 minutes remove the pan and place a spoonful of marinara sauce on top of each shell and cook uncovered for an additional 5 minutes.  Top with Parmesean cheese and serve 🙂

Note:  This is alot of food.  So I froze half of it.  If you want to do this prepare shells normally but you are not going to put them in the oven until you are ready to eat.  So do every step before the oven step.   When you want  to eat it let it thaw overnight in the refridgerator and then cook as directed.


2 Responses to "Garlic & Chicken Stuffed Shells."

When you cook the shells in the oven that cooks the chicken. So you shred the chicken raw 🙂 You don't cook the chicken separately

I want to make this tonight…but there is nothing in here about cooking the chicken before using it? Do you brown it, boil it? I hope you answer soon…

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