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Cheesy Chicken ‘n’ Shells

When our friend served us this entree, I asked her for the recipe right away. It was so good, I thought I would share it with others. I cut the recipe down for a meal or two, but it can easily be doubled or tripled. —Jodee Harding, Mount Vernon, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2-4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked medium shell pasta
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1-1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup diced process cheese (Velveeta)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the flour and water until smooth. Gradually stir in broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; add soup, cheese and seasonings. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Drain pasta; place in a bowl. Stir in soup mixture and chicken. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Toss bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 429 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1304mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • oreo95
    Apr 22, 2020

    Made this tonight with some leftover chicken I had. Made this with shredded cheese, not a velveeta user. Also followed a couple recommendations and added 3/4 cup peas

  • drywallgal
    Aug 5, 2019

    Made a double recipe right away. It turned out great, quite tasty. The only thing I would do differently next time is cut back a bit on the poultry seasoning.

  • cynandtom
    Oct 1, 2018

    The only change I made was using shredded cheddar rather than Velveeta. Great make ahead dish! Creamy and delicious! Definite keeper!

  • cbenne12
    Jan 1, 2017

    Absolutely amazing! Easily one of my family's favorite meals.

  • PenelopeWin
    Mar 24, 2016

    This really wasn't all that great. I thought it was bland. I would rather make Mac and cheese and put chicken in it. I won't make this again. I just didn't think it was worth the trouble. We didn't even eat the leftovers :(

  • bplowman
    Feb 2, 2016

    I served this to 3 friends and they loved it. I added more cheese than the recipe called for and it was very yummy! Will definitely serve this again.

  • samoanjoy
    Jan 3, 2013

    I added 3/4 cup of peas & carrots. Tasted fabulous!

  • bhenry0182
    Dec 7, 2012

    Whole family loved it!

  • Femminapsicotic
    Jun 25, 2012

    very good! wouldn't change a thing!

  • jusca
    Dec 13, 2011

    The cheese sauce is absolutely delicious. Overall, the recipe is great. I added double the amount of salt (used reduced sodium broth to control salt content) and pepper and add a dash of red pepper.