Chicken and stuffing stuffed shells offer a quick and easy way to enjoy a comforting casserole that is perfect for a freezer meal. These shells feature boxed stuffing mix, shredded rotisserie chicken, and pasta, all smothered in a creamy sauce. It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that will have the whole family gathered around the table for a satisfying and filling meal.
Freezer-Friendly Comfort Food
When life gets busy and we find ourselves juggling multiple responsibilities, it’s essential to have go-to meals that are ready to heat and eat. Even on the busiest days, we want to provide our loved ones with a hot and satisfying dinner. That’s why I rely on my deep freezer and the convenience of freezer cooking.
This casserole is an excellent option for anyone new to freezer cooking or seasoned veterans in the kitchen. Not only is it quick to prepare, but it also delivers a divine taste. After a long and busy day, who wouldn’t want to indulge in a rich and comforting dish where all the hard work is already done? Simply pop these beauties in the oven, heat, and enjoy.
To make this delicious stuffed shell casserole, you’ll need:
- Boxed stuffing: Opt for the chicken-flavored variety and prepare it according to the package instructions.
- Chicken breast: Shred some rotisserie chicken breast for convenience.
- Mushrooms: Finely chop and sauté them for added flavor (optional).
- Shells: Use jumbo-sized shells, cook and drain them, then let them cool.
- Cream of chicken soup: If you don’t have it on hand, feel free to substitute with any “cream of” soup you prefer.
- Milk: Skim milk works well, but use whatever you have available.
- Cheese: Shredded Swiss cheese adds a delightful touch.
How to Make Chicken and Stuffing Stuffed Shells
To prepare this stuffed shell casserole, follow these simple steps:
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Cook the stuffing according to the package instructions.
- Once cooked, mix in the shredded chicken breast and set the mixture aside.
- Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Stuff the shells with the chicken and stuffing mixture and place them in the prepared dish, open side facing down.
- Prepare the sauce by heating the soup, milk, and water in a saucepan, stirring until well combined.
- Pour the sauce over the stuffed shells.
- Bake for 35 minutes.
- After 35 minutes, sprinkle Swiss cheese over the top.
- Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
- Let it sit for 5 minutes before serving.
Freezer Cooking Stuffed Shells
If you want to prepare this meal for the freezer, follow these steps:
- Complete all the steps until you are ready to place the stuffed shells into a baking dish.
- Instead of using a baking dish, place the filled shells on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
- Freeze the shells on the baking sheet until they are fully frozen.
- Transfer the frozen shells to a ziplock bag.
- Store the shells in your freezer.
- When you’re ready to eat, thaw the shells and transfer them to a prepared baking dish.
- Follow the same steps for making the sauce and bake as instructed above.
Can This Recipe Be Halved?
Absolutely! If you prefer a smaller portion, you can halve this stuffed shell recipe to create a meal for 2-3 people. Alternatively, you can prepare the ingredients as instructed and divide them evenly between two 8×8″ baking dishes. Finish preparing both dishes according to the instructions, making sure to evenly distribute the sauce and cheese. You can enjoy one stuffed shell casserole right away and save the other for a different day, or share it with your loved ones who may appreciate a home-cooked meal.
If you find yourself with leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat, simply microwave until warm or bake in a preheated oven until heated through.
Tips and Tricks
Here are a few tips to make your stuffed shell experience even better:
- Allow the shells to cool before filling them.
- This recipe is an excellent way to use up leftover stuffing and chicken.
- If you’re not a fan of Swiss cheese, feel free to substitute it with your preferred cheese.
- For easier clean-up, use a disposable aluminum baking pan.
Other Easy Freezer Meals
In addition to chicken and stuffing stuffed shells, there are plenty of other easy freezer meals worth trying:
- Wet Burritos
- Easy Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers
- Pierogi Lasagna
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Originally published August 21, 2013
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