Lemon Chicken Stuffed Shells

January 3, 2018
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Lemon Chicken Stuffed Shells

Stop whatever it is you’re doing and make these lemon chicken stuffed shells. Legitimately, stop. Print this recipe, pick up the ingredients, which includes an already done rotisserie chicken. I love pasta, but who am I really fooling? I love food in general. But this mix of, pasta, cheese, and shredded rotisserie chicken is nothing short of divine. The pasta filling reminded me a lot of my grandmother’s chicken croquettas that she’d make completely from scratch. She’d grind the rotisserie chicken with an old school meat grinder, clamped onto the corner of her counter top. It was surely one of those moments where the flavor took me back to my childhood. It’s just like the movie Ratatouille where, Anton Ego, the food critic get’s taken back to his childhood upon taking a bite of the Ratatouille. Either way, this meal is sure to appease to your family and it will surely be on regular, heavy rotation! Enjoy!

Lemon Chicken Stuffed Shells

Ingredients

2 dozen jumbo pasta shells (a 16 oz. box will suffice)
2 cups shredded cooked chicken e.g. rotisserie chicken
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 tbsp)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup grated mozzarella

Prepare

1.Boil a large salted pot of water and cook the pasta shells al dente according to package directions.
2. Preheat oven to 400F and move the rack to the middle position.
3. Add the chicken, cream cheese, lemon juice, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, and salt & pepper (I’m quite generous with it) to a bowl and stir it together until you’ve got a smooth mixture.
4. Grease the inside of an oven-proof skillet or baking dish with the olive oil to minimize the shells/cheese sticking on.
5. Drain the shells once they’re cooked, and then spoon the mixture into each shell (I like to use a teaspoon to do this).
6. Arrange the shells in the skillet or baking dish. Sprinkle the mozzarella over top. Bake for 20-25 minutes. If you want the cheese to brown, broil it for a few minutes on high (watch that it doesn’t burn). Serve immediately.

Notes: I fit about 20 jumbo shells into my 10 1/4″ cast iron skillet. It’ll vary depending on what you use to bake them in.

Lemon Chicken Stuffed Shells
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 dozen jumbo pasta shells (a 16 oz. box will suffice)
  2. 2 cups shredded cooked chicken e.g. rotisserie chicken
  3. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  4. Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 tbsp)
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  7. Salt & pepper, to taste
  8. 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  9. 1 cup grated mozzarella
Instructions
  1. Boil a large salted pot of water and cook the pasta shells al dente according to package directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F and move the rack to the middle position.
  3. Add the chicken, cream cheese, lemon juice, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, and salt & pepper (I'm quite generous with it) to a bowl and stir it together until you've got a smooth mixture.
  4. Grease the inside of an oven-proof skillet or baking dish with the olive oil to minimize the shells/cheese sticking on.
  5. Drain the shells once they're cooked, and then spoon the mixture into each shell (I like to use a teaspoon to do this).
  6. Arrange the shells in the skillet or baking dish. Sprinkle the mozzarella over top. Bake for 20-25 minutes. If you want the cheese to brown, broil it for a few minutes on high (watch that it doesn't burn). Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. I fit about 20 jumbo shells into my 10 1/4" cast iron skillet. It'll vary depending on what you use to bake them in.
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author: Teresa Gonzalez

<p>Teresa is a South Florida native who is a photographer that also has a passion for food. She’s a seeker of sunshine, lazy days at the beach, and exquisite food.</p>

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    lisa @ garlicandzest.comAugust 16, 2015

    What a cool idea! I must say, I’m glad you didn’t make the cones – I was feeling singularly unaccomplished!

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    lisa @ garlicandzest.comOctober 14, 2015

    congratulations! so happy for you and your family!

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    MargaretNovember 18, 2015

    Hello Teresa, I am so very excited to try your cider bourbon glazed turkey, however the recipe states you have included your own cider bourbon glaze recipe “below”…but it is not there. Would you please send it to me? My William sonoma is out. Thank you have a wonderful thanksgiving! Margaret

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    anna kraft heinOctober 8, 2017

    Hi Teresa! I’m in the same boat as Margaret! Where is the cider bourbon recipe? I don’t see it, either. Can’t wait to try!

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