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Chicken Salad Shells

"These stuffed shells are great for a cool summer meal," assures Karen Lee of Waynesville, North Carolina. Calling for just four ingredients, including chicken salad from the deli, they are easy to assemble. The only thing you have to cook are the pasta shells, which take just minutes.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds prepared chicken salad
  • 1/2 cup seedless red grapes, halved
  • 18 jumbo pasta shells, cooked, drained and cooled
  • 2/3 cup ranch salad dressing


  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken salad and grapes. Spoon about 2 tablespoons into each pasta shell. Refrigerate until serving. Drizzle with salad dressing.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 528 calories, 37g fat (7g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 895mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • bunny99
    Dec 30, 2013

    I used tuna salad instead of chicken salad and it turned out great.

  • silverfox2951
    Sep 11, 2013

    I agree with you meladey! These people that get on here and complain about recipes being too rich or too much fat or unhealthy really irritate me. If you don't care for a recipe then move on! Don't bash someone's recipe because you're health conscious! The chicken salad was delicious!! Thank you for the recipe!!!

  • meladey
    Sep 9, 2013

    I made this and it was wonderful!! Yes they are big but you eat what you can. Even better next day!! If pasta isn't your thing then don't bash it for the rest ofus... Will make again!!

  • katlaydee3
    Dec 14, 2011

    I thought this was OK but very rich. I could only eat one and a half shells.

  • catales
    Nov 5, 2011

    I haven't tried this version,but read T .Ward's review . I'll try this with tuna & peas, from my kitchen,not the deli.

  • administrator
    Jul 28, 2011

    It is important to involve as many of the senses as possible for a quality dish. This Chicken Salad Shells catches your eye [1], has good aroma[2], only fair taste[3] and those are the good points.This falls short by being a calorie, fat, and sodium laden dish. Yes it is 'quick' to prepare, but the longrange nutritional value will cost you days of more costly workouts.If you 25 minutes to prepare your own chicken salad, using low fat and low sodium plain yogart, celery, dried cranberries or raisins, walnuts and a lite dressing, this would recieve 5 stars.FYI - Protien should be equal to 3 times Fat contents.T. Ward