Chicken Stuffed Shells in Alfredo Sauce

This recipe for Chicken Stuffed Shells in Alfredo Sauce is amazing. Tender jumbo shells loaded with a chicken, mushroom, ricotta and spinach filling in a creamy Alfredo sauce and topped with cheese. This is the perfect comfort food and so easy to prepare.

Chicken pasta shells in an Alfredo sauce in a casserole dish topped with fresh greens.

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Stuffed Shells-

Jumbo shells stuffed with a sauteed mushroom, fresh spinach ricotta and ground chicken filling. The shells are then smothered and baked in a creamy Parmesan Alfredo sauce and loaded with shredded cheese. The sauce penetrates into the stuffed shells adding so much flavor to the chicken filling.

If you like the combination of chicken and mushrooms, you’re going to love this recipe. The flavors come together so well – even your picky eaters will rave about the casserole.

Three stuffed pasta shells in a plate with a spoon.

How to Cut Ingredients for Stuffed Shells-

  • Clean and chop mushroom into small pieces, I did thin strips.
  • Cut spinach into small pieces.
  • Chop onion really fine.

How to cut vegetables for stuffed shells.

How to make Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells-

  1. Cook the pasta al dente according to package instructions.
  2. Prepare the creamy Alfredo Sauce.
  3. Saute the mushrooms, onions and chicken.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients from the skillet with the remaining ingredients. Mix well to combine.

How to make chicken stuffed shells recipe. How to prepare the stuffing, shells, and Alfredo sauce.

How to Stuff Shells:

  1. Stuff the shells with the spinach, chicken and mushroom filling.
  2. Pour the Alfredo sauce over the shells.
  3. Top with cheese.
  4. Bake.

Preparing the stuffed shells casserole. Stuffing the shells, adding cheese, and pouring Alfredo sauce.

Can you Freeze Stuffed Shells?

Yes, these chicken stuffed shells are great to freeze. Prepare per instruction, but do not bake. Cover casserole dish with foil. Label foil with recipe name, date and baking instructions so you don’t forget later.

To bake: Thaw at room temperature or refrigerator and bake.

NOTE: The stuffed shells may be prepared in a 9”x13” casserole dish or they may be divided into two 8”x8” or 9”x9” dishes. One of the casseroles may be baked while the other frozen for later use.

Chicken stuffed shells in a homemade Aldredo sauce in a casserole dish with a spoon.

I hope you love the recipe for these stuffed shells with spinach, chicken and mushrooms in an Alfredo sauce and topped with cheese. We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below. 🙂

NOTE: This is an older post getting an update with new pics.

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5 from 4 votes

Chicken Stuffed Shells in Alfredo Sauce

Stuffed shells with a chicken, mushroom, spinach and ricotta filling and topped with Alfredo sauce and cheese.  This casserole will wow your guests and family. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: stuffed shells
Servings: 24 shells
Calories: 167
Author: Valentina's Corner

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg jumbo pasta shells, cooked al dente
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 16 oz white mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Canola oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, lightly packed and cut
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

Creamy Alfredo Sauce-

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Top with-

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cook pack of pasta shells, according to instructions. You only need 24 shells but cook entire box for extras in case some break or rip. Drain pasta, rinse in cold water, cover and set aside.
  • 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.
  • In a large skillet over high heat, saute mushrooms with 2 tsp oil for 5 minutes. Turn heat down to medium, add onions and 2 tsp oil, saute another 3 minutes, lightly season with salt and pepper.
  • Add ground chicken and 2 tsp oil, saute until meat is fully cooked, break up the meat as it's cooked.
  • 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.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ingredients from the skillet, ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and spinach, mix. well
  • Cover bottom of 9"x13" baking dish with a few spoonfuls of the Alfredo sauce.
  • Stuff shells with chicken mixture and arrange in the baking dish.
  • Pour the Alfredo sauce over the shells. Top with mozzarella cheese. 
  • Cover dish with foil and bake 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 5-7 minutes.

Notes

Just like most Alfredo pasta recipes, it's best if enjoyed immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Stuffed Shells in Alfredo Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 206mg9%
Potassium 233mg7%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 565IU11%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 150mg15%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 31 Comments
  • Abby 08/09/2019, 7:24 pm Link Reply

    Delicious recipe! Have tried other stuffed shells recipes but they always turn out dry. This recipe is delicious, saucy, and not dry at all.. will be making this again for sure:)

    • Valentina's Corner 08/09/2019, 11:00 pm Link Reply

      That just makes me grin from ear to ear, Abby. Thanks so much for the great feedback. 🙂

  • Kelley 02/24/2019, 8:53 am Link Reply

    I have a question. The recipe calls for 1 lb of shells which is only like 12-16, but the recipe says it’s for 24. I’m just trying to figure out how much filling I really need. Thanks.

    • Valentina's Corner 02/24/2019, 2:53 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Kelley. I’ll update the recipe and make it clearer. It calls for 1 large pkg, and most large boxes have about 26 shells. You need 24 shells for this recipe.

  • mel 02/07/2019, 11:06 pm Link Reply

    These shells are filled with amazing juicy flavors. I love these and my family asks for them almost every night. It is also so convenient that they are freezable and so easy to make! Thank you for sharing!

    • Valentina's Corner 02/08/2019, 3:28 pm Link Reply

      Mel, thanks for giving the stuffed shells a try. I’m so glad you loved the recipe. 🙂

  • Valentina's Corner 02/01/2019, 11:05 am Link Reply

    Sydney, thanks for the wonderful feedback on our stuffed shells, Sydney. Makes me smile real big.

  • Mila 01/30/2019, 9:26 pm Link Reply

    My family loved it.. my husband said bomb.com?

    • Valentina's Corner 01/31/2019, 12:29 am Link Reply

      Mila, makes me so happy that the family approved of the stuffed shells. 🙂 And, I really like your hubby, he has great descriptive vocabulary! 🙂 🙂

  • Toria 01/29/2019, 11:50 am Link Reply

    Great stuffed shells recipe!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/30/2019, 10:46 am Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Toria. So glad you enjoyed the stuffed shells. 🙂

  • Nina 01/26/2019, 12:13 am Link Reply

    This looks so good! I want to try making it! 🙂 thank you! Adding the ingredients to the list.
    Can you help me with the freezing portion… sorry I am a newbie here. If I make one half and the other half do I put it in a foil container all set up with souce on it and cover and in the freezer, or make the sheells and freeze them and then put them in the freezer bag, like tefteli? Kinda confused…

    • Valentina's Corner 01/26/2019, 7:57 pm Link Reply

      You definitely should try making the stuffed shells, Nina. 🙂
      No need to be sorry. I updated the recipe with clearer instructions. ENJOY!!

  • Mila 01/15/2019, 6:15 pm Link Reply

    Just made this today. Very easy to do, melts in your mouth, and soooo delicious! Everyone loved it, will definitely be making this again!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/16/2019, 7:58 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Mila. I’m so glad you enjoyed the stuffed shells. They truly are delicious. (I must update these old pictures though. ;)…)

  • Ilona 12/26/2018, 12:06 pm Link Reply

    Hi! How can I make these in advance? When would I have to make the Alfredo sauce? Only before serving?

    • Valentina's Corner 12/27/2018, 12:06 am Link Reply

      It’ll depend on how in advance you want to make it. Say you want to make it in the morning and bake it for dinner. Prepare shells and filling and cover so they won’t dry out, refrigerate. Prepare Alfredo sauce and keep separate. Then, just before baking, pour the sauce over the shells and bake. I’ve never tried to completely assemble the shells before baking but that would probably work just fine as well. Enjoy.

  • Michelle 12/17/2016, 3:19 pm Link Reply

    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 Link Reply

      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?…

    • Ksusha.A 01/25/2019, 9:17 pm Link Reply

      I used 8oz cream cheese it was delicious

      • Valentina's Corner 01/26/2019, 1:25 am Link

        That’s wonderful, Ksusha. So glad you enjoyed the Stuffed Shells. 🙂 I’m liking the cream cheese, thanks for sharing, I’m sure that will be helpful to others.

  • Alena 11/14/2016, 1:34 pm Link Reply

    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 Link Reply

      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 Link Reply

    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 Link Reply

      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 Link Reply

    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 Link Reply

      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 Link Reply

    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 Link Reply

      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 Link Reply

    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 Link Reply

      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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