Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells

pesto chicken stuffed shells

These Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells is a delicious and easy dinner idea that is perfect for all of your busy nights. Your whole family will love this one. It’s one of my favorites!

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Why Make Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells

  • Easy Dinner Idea
  • Cooked in Under an Hour
  • Great for Busy Nights
  • Budget-Friendly
  • Family-Friendly

Ingredients Needed:

Seasoning – Dried Basil, Dried Oregano, Garlic Powder, Salt, Black Pepper

Chicken – Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

Pantry – Jumbo Pasta Shells, Pesto, Alfredo Sauce, Bread Crumbs

Dairy – Ricotta Cheese, Parmesan Cheese

Refrigerated – Egg

How to Make Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells

Start by pre-cooking your chicken breast in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees if you’re using uncooked chicken breast. You can also use rotisserie chicken to save even more time.

easy pesto shell pasta

Then, bring water to a rolling boil in a large stockpot and cook your pasta shells according to package directions. Make sure you drain when your pasta is al dente.

Next, add your ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (make sure to reserve the rest), egg, bread crumbs, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, and pesto in a large bowl. Now, add your cooked chicken and stir to combine.

Then, spray a large 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, fill each shell with your cheese and chicken mixture, squeeze to close, then place into the baking sheet seam side up.

Finally, pour your alfredo sauce over your shells evenly, sprinkle your parmesan cheese on top, cover with foil, and cook for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees. After, remove your foil and cook an additional 10-15 minutes until your sauce is bubbling and the tops are beginning to brown. Serve and enjoy!

pesto shell pasta

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Easy Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells Recipe

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Check out this Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells Recipe! It's delicious and oh-so-easy to make!! 


  • 28 Jumbo Pasta Shells
  • 16 oz. Ricotta Cheese
  • 3/4 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
  • 1 Egg, Lightly Beaten
  • 1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Pesto
  • 1 1/2 lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1 Cup Alfredo Sauce


  1. Pre-Cook Chicken Breast in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees if using un-cooked chicken breast, or use Rotisserie Chicken.
  2. In a large stockpot, bring the water to a rolling boil. Add pasta shells and cook according to package directions, making sure to drain when shells are al dente (don’t overcook).
  3. In a large bowl, add ricotta cheese, 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese (reserve the rest), egg, bread crumbs, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, and pesto; using a fork stir thoroughly to combine completely. Add cooked chicken and stir again to combine.
  4. Spray a large 9x13 baking dish (or 2 smaller baking dishes) with nonstick spray. Fill each shell with cheese/chicken mixture (about 1.5-2 Tbsp. each), squeeze to close, then place into baking dish seam side up. Repeat until all of the mixture is gone.
  5. Pour alfredo sauce over shells evenly. Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese on top.
  6. After pouring the sauce and cheese on top of shells, cover with foil and cook for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove foil and cook an additional 10-15 minutes or until sauce is bubbling and tops are beginning to brown lightly.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 757Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 211mgSodium: 994mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 61g

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