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Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells - great flavor and makes a ton! I always make this for company. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells

These Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells are a tried and true favorite that I love serving to company. The flavor is incredible and it makes a ton! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 8 servings


  • 1 (12-ounce) box uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 2 cups fresh chopped spinach
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15oz) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (5oz) package shredded Parmesan cheese (about 1 2/3 cups)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 (26oz) jar prepared spaghetti sauce (If you like it saucier use more)


  1. Cook shells according to package directions. Be careful not to overcook them or they will tear easily when trying to fill them. Drain and set shells out individually on a cutting board or baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease two 9x13 baking dishes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine chicken and all the rest of the ingredients except mozzarella and spaghetti sauce. Stir in 1 cup mozzarella. Spoon into shells. *Tip: For easier filling, fill a gallon ziplock baggie with the filling and snip a quarter size hole off the corner of the bag. Then you can just pipe the filling into the shells.
  4. Spread half of spaghetti sauce into prepared baking dishes. Arrange shells over sauce; top with remaining sauce. Cover tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil. If you are freezing one of the 9x13 prepared pans, freeze it after this step. Include a baggy of the remaining mozzarella for when you cook it.
  5. Bake, covered, for 40 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella. Bake for 5 to 10 more minutes.
  6. Makes 8-10 servings.