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I love being able to have dinner done, start to finish, in about an hour. I fly by the seat of my pants, so I don’t always have dinner planned until I start making it. This is why I love keeping fully cooked chicken in the freezer. It saves so much time! I just made a batch of Stuffed Shells Cheesy Spinach Chicken Parmigiana that was out of this world.
I recently discovered Perdue Simply Smart. They have frozen fully cooked chicken, and it’s flavors you can feel good about feeding your family.
- Simple Ingredients
- Simply tastes great
- Simply Nutritious
- Simply Put: No Antibiotics Ever
It’s all white meat and tastes amazing! It’s tender, juicy, and I love serving these to my kids knowing there are no antibiotics in these chickens.
Stuffed shells are a favorite around here as well as chicken. So I decided to combine the two and add some healthy spinach to get some veggies in them. This dish takes minutes to put together, and then in just 30 minutes, you have a delicious meal your kids will totally enjoy.
- 1 box stuffed shells
- 1 cup frozen spinach
- 8 oz ricotta cheese
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce
- fresh mozzarella
- 5-6 Perdue Simply Smart fully cooked chicken breast strips
- Make the shells according to the box. Drain and then add a little olive oil to keep them from sticking together. Set aside.
- While the shells are cooking, set out a bag of frozen spinach to defrost.
- Heat up the chicken breast strips according to the package. Then, dice them into small pieces.
- Mix up the diced chicken, ricotta cheese, and 1 cup of spinach.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray a casserole dish with olive oil spray
- Pour enough spaghetti sauce to cover the bottom of the pan (about half).
- Fill each jumbo shell with a spoonful of the ricotta mixture and then place into the casserole pan.
- When the casserole dish is full, cover the shells with the rest of the sauce.
- Top with slices of fresh mozzarella.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or so until cheese is bubbly. If you want to brown the cheese just a little, turn the broiler on for 1-2 minutes.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
Look at how simple this is to put together:
While you’re cooking the pasta shells, go ahead and heat up the chicken strips, Then combine them with spinach and ricotta for the filling. When the pasta shells have cooled, fill each one with a spoonful of the filling.
Layer them in a baking dish with a layer of spaghetti sauce on the bottom.
To finish them off, add a second layer of spaghetti sauce on top and then top off with fresh mozzarella slices. I love using the fresh mozzarella instead of low moisture. I think it melts better.
Bake for about 30 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly, then let it cool before serving. Your family will love this dish!
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