Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells

My recipe for creamy, spicy buffalo chicken stuffed shells! #asgeats #recipe



For every birthday in my large family, I cook that family member's favorite dish for our celebration dinner. About five years ago, my brother, Adam, asked me if I could make him stuffed shells with a twist. And so, buffalo chicken stuffed shells were born and they have been his birthday meal every year since. I'm often asked to make a pan of these savory delights even when there is no special occasion, and word quickly spreads. Everyone in the family finds a reason to "stop by" around dinner time when these are being served.

So many people have asked me to share my recipe over the years, but the truth is, I usually just wing it and eyeball the ingredients, tweaking each test batch until my volunteer tasters agree that it's perfect. But last month, I did finally decide to get in the kitchen and measure out all the ingredients so I could type up a proper recipe to share. If you enjoy the buffalo chicken flavor profile, keep scrolling for how to make this family favorite recipe.

BUFFALO CHICKEN STUFFED SHELLS
YIELD: 4-6 SERVINGS  PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES  COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES 
TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR

INGREDIENTS:
  • 14 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded (or two 7 oz. {drained weight} cans of shredded chicken. I love the Kirkland brand from Costco!)
  • 20 jumbo pasta shells
  • 3/4 cup ranch dressing + about 6 tbsp for pan and topping
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce + about 4 tbsp for pan and topping
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded + 1/2 cup for topping
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely diced (or 1 tsp onion powder)
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

My recipe for creamy, spicy buffalo chicken stuffed shells! #asgeats #recipe

DIRECTIONS:
  1. In a large pot of salted, boiling water, cook pasta shells according to package directions. Strain the cooked shells gently, being careful not to tear them.
  2. While your shells are cooking, combine your shredded chicken, salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and shredded cheese in a bowl. Mix in the ranch dressing and hot sauce until combined, resembling something like chicken salad.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F and prepare your baking dish. In a 9x13 pan, drizzle about 3 tbsp of ranch dressing and 2 tbsp of hot sauce (I usually eyeball them) and angle the pan to cover the bottom. You don't have to worry about mixing the two liquids. There just needs to be an even coating to prevent the shells from sticking to the pan.
  4. Using a fork or spoon, gently fill each shell with the chicken mixture and place in your baking dish. When you have filled all of your shells, drizzle with ranch and hot sauce and sprinkle with additional shredded cheese and Italian seasoning. Again, I usually eyeball this.
  5. Bake uncovered at 400° for 30-40 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let rest for ten minutes before serving.
Note: I sometimes cook an extra shell or two, because inevitably, one of them will break while cooking or straining. If the tear is minor, the shell can usually still be used, but if it's torn in half, I discard and use one of my extras.

My recipe for creamy, spicy buffalo chicken stuffed shells! #asgeats #recipe



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28 comments:

  1. These look so good and it would be something different to add to make for the family. I might have to make this for the kids next week.

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  2. This looks delicious! I love stuffed shells and this one is right up my alley!

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  3. I've never seen that flavor combo before. It sounds DELICIOUS. I can't wait to try it!

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  4. I love stuffed shells! I normally do classic Italian style or Mexican style. This would be a good addition to my meals!

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  5. Hope you enjoy them if you give the recipe a try!

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  6. I wouldn't thought of this flavor combination, it looks really delicious! I've been looking for something new to make for dinner.

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  7. Oh my, these look and sound absolutely delicious! My husband loves buffalo chicken so I think this dish would be right up his alley. We just might have to give it a try!

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  8. Tobia | craftaliciousmeFebruary 19, 2020 at 4:54 PM

    This looks like a lot of effort especially for a large family. I am way to lazy to even do that for two people... haha

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  9. It is definitely a favorite with my buffalo chicken loving people here!

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  10. It's a great combo. I hope you'll give it a try!

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  11. It is a lot of effort, but I love cooking, so it's worth it to me.

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  12. Yum, these look amazing! Post a gluten-free and dairy-free option soon (:

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  13. Gluten-free and dairy-free recipes are on my list. Stay tuned!

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  14. So I def want to make these! They look absolutely yummy and I have never made stuffed shells before.

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  15. This is a great idea. We usually just put the buffalo chicken in a soft tortilla or make a quesadilla about of it.

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  16. Pasta is my favorite thing so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. This recipe looks SO GOOD.

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  17. These sound right up my alley. My husband and I absolutely LOVE buffalo chicken... anything! We make buffalo wings on an almost weekly basis, and so I'll definitely need to try making these stuffed shells to surprise him at some point. They look amazing!

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  18. This is so cool! Never thought of using shells pasta like this.

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  19. Omg, these look awesome. I'll have to see if I can find gluten-free jumbo shells. I'm pretty sure I can eat the rest without any problems. YUMMM.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  20. I have seen some jumbo shells that were made of brown rice. I think that would be a good alternative to the regular pasta.

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