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Chicken-Ricotta Stuffed Shells

“My husband and I don’t care for tomato-based sauces, so I came up with this variation on stuffed shells,” says Amy Hixon of Ringgold, Georgia. “It tastes like a chicken alfredo, and we really enjoy it.”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 6 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 2/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 2/3 cup shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream or half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the ricotta, cream cheese and bouillon until blended. Stir in chicken and Parmesan cheese. Drain shells; stuff with chicken mixture. Place in a shallow 3-cup baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • In a small saucepan, bring cream and butter to a boil. Whisk in 3 tablespoons cheese and parsley. Stir until cheese is melted. Pour over shells.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and filling is heated through.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 499 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 618mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • slmacbeth
    Jan 28, 2021

    We absolutely loved these

  • Amy
    Jul 6, 2019

    I am the creater of this recipe. There's no "WOW" factor because my husband at the time, was extremely picky and wouldn't eat it. But if you add rotisserie style chicken to this, spinach is good to add, broccoli, kale, crumbled bacon, prosciutto, the possibilities are ENDLESS for a "wow factor".

  • Ashley
    Mar 22, 2017

    Great recipe!

  • neal5368
    Apr 28, 2013

    It's good, quick, and easy. The three major things I like in a recipe. But, it doesn't have the wow factor even just a little wow would be nice.

  • peacharmadillo
    Jun 18, 2011

    The only thing I would change about this recipe is to make more of it. We can't keep it in the house and I regularly make extra batches to freeze. I'm not creative, but I can follow a recipe and this is a good one!

  • lafleur
    Mar 7, 2011

    They're okay, not great. Couldn't taste the chicken. Sauce & filling are fair.

  • moparmanpr
    Aug 23, 2010

    one of the best recipes i've ever tasted. i plan to try it useing manicotti shells but leaving out the chicken & bouillon.

  • rhiannonthewolf
    Feb 5, 2010

    I was very pleased with the way this recipe came out, great alfredo type sauce for the shells. The filling would also be good with a traditional red sauce.

  • kaitlyn'smommy
    Oct 14, 2009

    These shells were delicious. I doubled the recipe to fit my needs and I added a bit more chicken. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

  • lori827
    Feb 18, 2009

    I like to add spinach to the filling to sneak in a vegetable.