Chicken Stuffed Shells in Creamy Sauce

This chicken stuffed shells in a creamy sauce recipe is an easy one-pan meal with pasta shells stuffed with chicken and mushrooms baked in an Alfredo sauce. 

Chicken Mushroom Spinach Stuffed Shells in a Creamy Alfredo Sauce. ValentinasCorner.com

I love a great recipe that is also a one-dish meal even more. They are quick to throw together and fewer dishes to wash (sort of..;)..) The inspiration for these shells came from my Chicken Mushroom Pasta Alfredo. It’s soo, soo good. Easy meals are my go to like the Baked Chicken Fajita or Chicken and Mushroom Casserole. Anyhow, ground chicken with mushrooms, spinach and a creamy Alfredo sauce. How great does that sound? And it really is. My kiddos don’t like mushrooms but they gobble these down like there’s no tomorrow.

Note*: If you like ricotta cheese you can do more than the cup of ricotta (I’ve even done the whole 16 oz).

Ingredients for Chicken Stuffed Shells in Creamy Sauce:

1 lb ground chicken

1 small onion

16 oz mushrooms

3 tsp oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp Lawry’s seasoning (or your fav seasoning)

1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, lightly packed

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup ricotta cheese

Creamy Alfredo Sauce-

3 Tbsp butter

1 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 cups milk

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Top with-

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Makes: 9×13 baking dish (24 shells)

How to make Chicken Stuffed Shells in Creamy Sauce:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Cook 24 pasta shells al dente  (plus few extra in case some break) according to pasta instructions. Drain pasta once cooked and re-fill with cold water over pasta, set aside.

Chicken Mushroom Spinach Stuffed Shells in a Creamy Alfredo Sauce. ValentinasCorner.com
Clean mushroom, chop in small pieces. Clean and chop onion into small pieces. Chop spinach.
Chicken Mushroom Spinach Stuffed Shells in a Creamy Alfredo Sauce. ValentinasCorner.com
In a large skillet over high heat, saute mushrooms with 1 tsp oil for 5 minutes. Turn heat down to medium, add onions and 2 tsp oil, saute another 3 minutes, lightly salt and pepper.

Add ground chicken, saute until meat is fully cooked, break up the meat as it’s cooking (about 8 min). Season meat with salt, pepper, Lawry’s seasoning and 2 minced garlic cloves. Let the meat cook another minute and remove from heat. Set aside.
Fry mushrooms and ground chicken

Prepare creamy Alfredo sauce-

In a large skillet saute 2 minced garlic cloves and butter for about a minute. Add heavy whipping cream, milk, Parmesan cheese and a dash of salt and pepper. Mix. Turn heat down to low and let simmer another minute. Set aside.

Chicken Mushroom Spinach Stuffed Shells in a Creamy Alfredo Sauce. ValentinasCorner.com
Add the ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and spinach to meat and mix.

Cover bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with a few spoonfuls of the Alfredo sauce.

Take a shell and completely fill it with the chicken mixture, repeat with the rest of ingredients. I had 3 rows or 8 shells in a row, shells may be arranged as desired.

Pour the creamy Alfredo mixture over the shells. Sprinkle the 1/2 mozzarella cheese over shells (use more cheese if you like cheese).

Add ricotta cheese to shells. Stuff shells with filling.

Bake covered with foil 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 5-7 minutes.

Chicken Mushroom Spinach Stuffed Shells in a Creamy Alfredo Sauce. ValentinasCorner.com

Serve immediately. Just like most Alfredo pasta recipes, it’s best if enjoyed immediately.

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Chicken Stuffed Shells in Creamy Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Stuffed shells with a chicken, mushroom and ricotta filling and topped with an Alfredo sauce. 

Servings: 24 shells
Author: Valentina's Corner
Ingredients
Ingredients for Chicken Stuffed Shells in Creamy Sauce:
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 small onion
  • 16 oz mushrooms
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Lawry's seasoning, or favorite seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, lightly packed
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
Creamy Alfredo Sauce-
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Top with-
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
How to make Chicken Stuffed Shells in Creamy Sauce:
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook 24 pasta shells al dente (plus few extra in case come break) according to pasta instructions. Drain pasta once cooked and re-fill with cold water over pasta, set aside.
  3. Clean mushroom, chop in small pieces. Clean and chop onion into small pieces. Chop spinach.
  4. In a large skillet over high heat, saute mushrooms with 1 tsp oil for 5 minutes. Turn heat down to medium, add onions and 2 tsp oil, saute another 3 minutes, lightly salt and pepper.
  5. Add ground chicken, saute until meat is fully cooked, break up the meat as it's cooking (about 8 min).
  6. Season meat with salt, pepper, Lawry's seasoning and 2 minced garlic cloves. Let the meat cook another minute and remove from heat. Set aside.
Prepare creamy Alfredo sauce-
  1. In a large skillet saute 2 minced garlic cloves and butter for about a minute. Add heavy whipping cream, milk, Parmesan cheese and a dash of salt and pepper. Mix. Turn heat down to low and let simmer another minute. Set aside.
Assemble
  1. Add the ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and spinach to meat and mix.
  2. Cover bottom of 9x13 baking dish with a few spoonfuls of the Alfredo sauce.
  3. Take a shell and completely fill it with the chicken mixture, repeat with the rest of ingredients. I had 3 rows or 8 shells in a row, shells may be arranged as desired.
  4. Pour the creamy Alfredo mixture over the shells. Sprinkle the 1/2 mozzarella cheese over shells (use more cheese if you like cheese).
  5. Bake covered with foil 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 5-7 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately. Just like most Alfredo pasta recipes, it's best if enjoyed immediately.
Recipe Notes

Note*: If you like ricotta cheese you can do more than the cup of ricotta (I've even done the whole 16 oz).

Chicken Mushroom Spinach Stuffed Shells in a Creamy Alfredo Sauce. ValentinasCorner.com

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Show 12 Comments
  • Michelle 12/17/2016, 3:19 pm

    I really want to try out this recipe! Is there a substitute you’d recommend in place of ricotta cheese/cottage cheese (something non chunky) in your recipes or would it be fine to just skip over that part?

    • admin 12/20/2016, 12:28 am

      Honestly Michelle, that is a main ingredient in this recipe, haven’t tried substituting for anything else.. Soery, that wasn’t a lot of help?…

  • Alena 11/14/2016, 1:34 pm

    I made these before and they’re amazing, so I want to make them for a party but was wondering if I can make these ahead of time like 2 days before, keep it in the fridge and bake them the day of, u think it will be ok? Just trying to save some time and make it easier on me:):)

    • admin 11/15/2016, 9:00 pm

      Hi there Alena,
      So glad you approve of this recipe! 🙂 You can definitely make this one day in advance. Though I’ve never tried preparing it two days in advance, I am not sure pasta with the Alfredo sauce with be a good idea. You can however, freeze this weeks in advance. Prepare according to recipe and freeze covered tightly before baking. Thaw and bake.
      Hope you will have a wonderful party! Hope you get many raves:)..
      Thank you for visiting.

  • Anna D Kart 11/09/2015, 3:08 pm

    I’m not a big fan of shells because they seem like a pain to assemble but these are delicious looking!

    Anna // Happy Medley

    • admin 11/09/2015, 5:07 pm

      Anna. I know what u mean.. This recipe is super simple and not much that can be done wrong.. 🙂

  • Yana 11/03/2015, 8:13 pm

    I made this one for tonight, the whole family like it. My husband said is like in Oliver garden. Thank you for the recipe

    • admin 11/03/2015, 11:04 pm

      Thank you for the great review :).. So glad you enjoyed it and Olive Garden at home, made quickly and for a fraction of the price is a winner:)..

  • Julie 11/02/2015, 9:43 pm

    Wow! I really like this version of stuffed shells! Already on my shopping/ menu list for next week!! I make the lasagna version:)
    Thanks so much for your awesome recipes!!

    • admin 11/03/2015, 1:00 am

      Julie, I just cannot wait for you to try it:).. My kiddos hate mushrooms and have no clue they are eating them, they enjoy this so much;).

  • illona 11/02/2015, 1:03 pm

    Thank you so much for your blog. Your recipes are all so amazing, making this for dinner.
    I’m a huge fan of the personal posts. Please keep those coming. They are very inspirational and encouraging. They make me want to be a better woman, wife and mom. =]

    • admin 11/03/2015, 12:52 am

      Thank you illona for your kind words😍.. I promise it’s nothing I say that is special. It’s just things God has been speaking to my heart about and they rang true with your heart as well, which is so wonderful. I have a few posts I’m prayerfully working on, they are such awesome topics and few giveaways, so stop back. When I post a recipe it’s simple; you can either like or dislike it and move on. Personal posts carry a lot of responsibility and therefore require a lot of prayer and green light from God and that takes time and patience:-)..

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