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.

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    Kelsey @ The Secret Life of Kelsey — January 14, 2012 at 9:02 am

    The first thing I would make is COCA COLA CHICKEN! :)

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    Janis — January 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I would make my favorite crockpot chicken recipe.

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    My first slow cooker meal would be chili!

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    Stephanie — January 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I would love to try a chicken tortilla soup or stuffed peppers in a slow cooker!

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    Renee — January 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook — January 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Oh man – loving this recipe! I’m bookmarking it and making it soon. Rachel doesn’t like anything buffalo, not much a fan of the heat, but I don’t care. I’ll make it anyway!

    I don’t have a slow cooker but I’ve been wanting one. First thing I’d make? Something buffalo-y :)

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