Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells

I was looking up the name of a pasta shape one night so The Mr could pick it up at the store for me. I was quickly distracted by jumbo shells. They weren’t my reason for looking at pasta, but I’m glad I saw them. I had one of those lightbulb moments, an idea just hit me. I had to have them so I could stuff them with buffalo chicken. I’ve never wanted pasta more in my life.

It took me a bit to decide how I wanted to make them. They needed to have the traditional key points; chicken, buffalo sauce and celery. Even down to the last minute I was switching things up. I kept my fingers tightly crossed hoping the experiment would pay off and they’d be loved. It was a success. Not only did The Mr love them but so did our 2 year old.

The shells are stuffed with a creamy buffalo chicken mixture, drizzled with buffalo sauce and a sprinkling of shredded cheese, then baked to perfection.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1C chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/8 tsp pepper, divided
  • 3/8 tsp celery seed, divided
  • 1/4C buffalo sauce, plus additional for topping
  • 1/4C celery, chopped
  • 1/4C onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 12-15 jumbo shells
  • 1C ricotta cheese
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4C blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/4C mozzarella cheese

Directions:

In a small slow cooker, add chicken and broth. Cook for 2 hours on high, then shred meat. Discard liquid. Alternately simmer chicken and broth in a saucepan until chicken is heated through and no longer pink. Season shredded meat with salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and 1/4 tsp celery seed. Toss with buffalo sauce until meat is evenly coated. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large saucepan bring water to a boil, add 12-15 jumbo shells. Cook for 9 minutes. Drain and let cool on a baking sheet or nonstick surface.

In a small skillet over medium heat, add chopped onion, celery and butter (or olive oil). Cook until tender and onions are translucent. Transfer to a small bowl.

In a large bowl, mix ricotta cheese, parmesan, egg, 1/8 tsp pepper, 1/8 tsp celery seed, blue cheese crumbles and vegetables. Add chicken mixture and stir well.

Prepare a small baking dish with a light coating of olive oil and a few spoonfuls of buffalo sauce. Fill one shell at a time with spoonfuls of chicken and cheese mixture. Carefully arrange in prepared baking dish. Drizzle with spoonfuls of buffalo sauce and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm.

For the giveaway… 

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As promised, as a thank you for helping me reach and quickly surpass 750 fans on Facebook I’m doing a giveaway. This little corner of mine is so much more special because of each of you.

I’m giving away one 6Qt Crock-Pot® Designer Series Smart-Pot to one lucky reader.

The nitty gritty: You must have a US shipping address to enter. Giveaway will run from Jan 10, 2012 – Jan 15, 2012 (midnight EST). One winner will be randomly chosen and contacted via e-mail Jan 16, 2012. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Main entry must be done or bonus entries will not count. Duplicate entries will be deleted.

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329 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells”

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — January 10, 2012 at 8:22 am

    These look SO yummy! Love it! You can leave me out of the giveaway though, I already have two slow cookers :))

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    Hindy — January 10, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I would make a warm winter stew, with hearty veggies, beans, and meat. Always a big hit!

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    Hindy — January 10, 2012 at 8:26 am

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    Cassie — January 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

    These are great. You and I are on the same wavelength with the buffalo sauce thing. LOVE these!
    I would probably make a very large batch of buffalo chicken dip in that huge slow cooker!

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    Cassie — January 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

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    abbi — January 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    A new slow cooker would be awesome! I have lots of recipes I could try, maybe some carnitas!

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    Brandy — January 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I would probably try out a new recipe from Pinterest which is where I found this recipe! Love trying out new things. Thanks for the new recipe!

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    Evelyn R — January 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Crock pots are great for making soup……maybe I would make chicken tortilla soup first

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    Evelyn R — January 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

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    Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) — January 10, 2012 at 8:48 am

    The first thing I would cook is chili…probably a white chicken chili. :)

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    Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) — January 10, 2012 at 8:49 am

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    Connie Bolick Lee — January 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I would make a savory beef stew.

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    Connie Bolick Lee — January 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

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    Marilyn — January 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

    The first thing I would do with a slow cooker is roast a beautiful chunk of beef until it’s falling apart and soooo yummy!

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    Marilyn — January 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Also, I LOVE baked by rachel on Facebook (but also liked it)!

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    Connie Bolick Lee — January 10, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I shared on facebook

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    Connie Bolick Lee — January 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I tweeted the giveaway.

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — January 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Such a fun twist on shells. I’d have to make these if I won.

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    jean — January 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hmm, I would make a pot roast. Or soup. Or chili. No matter – it would be very used and loved.

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    jean — January 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

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    amy marantino — January 10, 2012 at 9:44 am

    i would make Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

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    Valerie — January 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I already like Baked by Rachel on fb. :)

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    Valerie — January 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

    These stuffed shells look delicious! I’d make white chicken chili in my new slow cooker if I won.

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — January 10, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Easy! The first thing I would make in my new slow cooker is BBQ beef for sandwiches, which is what I’m getting ready to make for tonight’s dinner!

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — January 10, 2012 at 10:43 am

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — January 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — January 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

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    Renee — January 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

    These shells look fantastic! I’d love to make a hearty vegetable, lentil stew in this slow cooker ;)

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    judith — January 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I would make a pot of bone warming chili!

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    Julia — January 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Pulled BBQ Chicken!!! :)

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    amanda @ fake ginger — January 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Those look yummy! I bet my husband would love them.

    If I won, I would probably make queso! I’m so boring.

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    amanda @ fake ginger — January 10, 2012 at 11:29 am

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    amanda @ fake ginger — January 10, 2012 at 11:29 am

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    amanda @ fake ginger — January 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Tweeted!

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    Robyn — January 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Those buffallo chicken stuffed shells sound great! I would love a “smarter” slow cooker. I made an amazing mulled cranberry tea in mine one time and I’m craving it again.

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    MaryBeth — January 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    If I’m lucky enough to win, the first thing I would make is chicken and noodles!!

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    MaryBeth — January 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

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    jeannine s — January 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I would make a roast

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    jeannine s — January 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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    jeannine s — January 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm
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    Tara Caudillo — January 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    This pregnancy I have been caving beef stew so thats what i would make first!!!

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    Angie @ Bigbearswife — January 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Growing up we always just had the stuffed shells, with the ricotta cheese and heavy sauce. I love all the new idea that I’ve been finding on “stuffed shells”

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