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Chicken Manicotti Recipe

Chicken Manicotti Recipe

"When a girlfriend came home from the hospital with her newborn, I sent over this freezer casserole," recalls Jamie Valocchi, Mesa, Arizona. "She and her family raved over how good it was. Try substituting olives for mushrooms or using veal instead of chicken," she suggests.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 65 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 16 uncooked manicotti shells
  • 2 jars (26 ounces each) spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 cup water


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Rub garlic powder over chicken; cut into 1-in. strips. Stuff chicken into manicotti shells. Spread 1 cup spaghetti sauce in each of two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes.
  • 2. Place eight stuffed manicotti shells in each dish. Sprinkle with sausage and mushrooms. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over the top. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • 3. Drizzle water around the edge of each dish. Cover and bake 65-70 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and pasta is tender.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casseroles for up to 1 month. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake casseroles as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. Yield: 2 casseroles (4 servings each).

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 546 calories, 26 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 115 mg cholesterol, 980 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 41 g protein.

Reviews for Chicken Manicotti

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Reviewed May. 21, 2014

"I want to make this and take for our weekend away. Would it be ok to make Friday and bake on Sunday. The only thing I'm concerned about is the raw chicken sitting with the other ingrediants . I ve made this before and loved it."

Reviewed May. 15, 2012

"A little time consuming stuffing the manicotti, but not bad considering you get 2 full trays. I put about 4 1" chuncks of chicken per manicotti."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"My husband and I chose this for our special Valentine's dinner. It was extremely easy to prepare and turned out perfect! Delicious!"

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"It was okay. There are other pasta dishes I like better, and my husband wasn't really a fan at all."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"Excellent casserole and wonderful to have one put away in the freezer for another day."

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

"I loved the recipe. I have made it a few times now. It also tastes good out of the freezer."

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2011

"My family loves it! I love that it makes two casseroles. I usually make one with the sausage and muchrooms and the second without the mushrooms. I have never frozen it because whatever is left over always gets eaten for lunch the next day, and there is usually a battle over who will get it! It is a great dish to serve for company, too."

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"I used some hickory smoked chicken to make this recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"I have made this recipe several times and my family loves it!! The chicken instead of the ricotta cheese mixture found in traditional manicotti is a nice change. I omit the mushrooms as no one here likes them. I also have never cooked it from frozen, since we have 3 teenagers, I cook both at once and it is gone in one sitting! I make lots of TOH recipes and they have never let me down."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"This meal was very easy to prepare very delicious the whole family loved."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2009

"The chicken inside the manicotti was overcook and had no taste. I must have done something wrong."

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

"I had a blast making this!  I decided to shred the chicken, and I used olives on all of it and mushrooms on half. It turned out great- my 3yr. old loved it!!!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2008

"do you cook the manicotti before stuffing with chicken, or use uncooked"

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2008

"Dry ingredient measurements are not the same as liquid measurements, therefore 4 ounces of shredded cheese is equal to 1 cup, thus 16 ounces is equal to 4 cups.


Reviewed Apr. 4, 2008

"I have a question about the ingredients listed:
"4 cups (16 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese"

Isn't 4 cups equal to 32 ounces, not 16 ounces?

So should I use 16 or 32 ounces of shredded cheese?



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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.