Dinner is about to get delicious with these tasty chicken stuffed shells. Jumbo shells are stuffed with chicken, ricotta and mozzarella and baked in marinara sauce for pasta dinner the whole family will love.
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Season with salt.
Add jumbo shells one at a time to prevent them from sticking. Boil until UNDER aldente. You want them to be firm so they don’t break when you stuff them. They will continue to cook in the oven. Use a slotted spoon to gently remove the shells from the pasta water. Set on a cutting board or large plate to cool.
While the shells boil, heat a medium skillet to a medium heat. Add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic. Cook for 30 seconds. Add the spinach, sauté until wilted, about 2 minutes. Transfer spinach and garlic to a large bowl.
Add shredded chicken, ricotta, fresh mozzarella cubes, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, egg, salt, and black pepper to the spinach and garlic. Stir until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add marinara sauce and cream to the same pan you cooked the spinach and garlic in. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Stir in parmesan cheese. Once the cheese has melted, remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Pour the sauce into a 9x12 baking dish or a similar size. Use a spoon or your hands to stuff the filling into the shells. Arrange them in the pan. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.
Bake uncovered until hot and bubbly and the cheese has melted, about 25-30 minutes.
Garnish with fresh basil
I actually like to cook a whole package of jumbo shells as some of them will break during the cooking process. This way you can pick out perfect shells.