Chicken Salad Shells Recipe
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Chicken Salad Shells Recipe

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"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
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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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 528 calories, 37 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 895 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 15 g protein.


  1. 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. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Salad Shells in Quick Cooking May/June 2005, p63

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

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

Reviewed 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!!!"

Reviewed 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!!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

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

Reviewed 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."

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