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Chicken Caprese Stuffed Shells

Fresh flavors of caprese and chicken are stuffed into these cheesy shells for a fun Italian night recipe!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 20 shells

Ingredients

Stuffed Shells

  • 12 ounces jumbo shells
  • 1 cup chicken shredded (or diced)
  • 2 cups Simple Marinara Sauce (or sauce of choice)
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil for garnish, if desired

Cheese Mixture

  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil finely shredded (or 2 Tablespoons dried basil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Cook the chicken and make the sauce if not already done.
  • Heat a large pot of water until boiling. Cook the jumbo shells until al dente as per package direction, approximately 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • While the shells are cooking, make the cheese mixture by combining all of the ingredients.
  • Shred or dice the chicken. Add the chicken to the cheese mixture and stir to combine. Add additional chicken if desired. Set aside.
  • Heat the oven to 375 F.
  • Place a little of your sauce in the bottom of your baking dish to cover. Using a spoon, scoop approximately 1.5-2 Tablespoons of the chicken and cheese mixture into each shell. Place the shell in the baking dish, open side up.
  • Repeat with the remaining cheese mixture and shells.
  • Cover the shells with the Simple Marinara Sauce, 3/4 cup mozzarella, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 F until the cheese is melted and starting to brown on top, approximately 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with additional fresh basil if desired and serve immediately.

Notes

I love to use my Simple Marinara Sauce for this recipe but use anything you like or have.
For a meat heavy dish, use more chicken as desired.
The exact number of shells will vary based on how much you stuff them and how much chicken you use.