Garlic-Parmesan Chicken Stuffed Shells for Two

by Erin

Garlic lovers will rejoice for these garlic and parmesan chicken stuffed shells. And in case you don’t scare anyone else away this recipe serves two.

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Calling all garlic lovers! Welcome to National Garlic Day 2015, hosted by Heather from girlichef. April 19th is a day for garlic lovers far and wide to come together and celebrate the wonder of “the stinking rose”. Whether it’s the ability to ward off vampires (and bugs), its numerous health benefits (ever tried garlic shots?), or the way it lends flavor to a dish, there are so many reasons for singing the praises of garlic.

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To celebrate the glory of garlic I used four cloves of garlic in these stuffed shells. You may be thinking that’s not a whole lot for stuffed shells but this recipe serves two which means you are eating two cloves in one sitting. Granted, for me that’s just a normal day as I tend to double the amount of garlic a recipe calls for but I did also serve this with a side of garlic bread. I hope whoever you share these with is not a vampire.

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To help you get in the mood, check out these garlicky good recipes from this year’s National Garlic Day bloggers:

One year ago: Gnocchetti with Asparagus and Garlic-Gorgonzola Sauce

Two years ago: Strawberry, Mango, and Yogurt Smoothie

Three years ago: More Fudge Less Pudge Brownies

Four years ago: Coconut Chicken Salad with Apricot Honey Mustard Vinaigrette


Serves 2


9 jumbo pasta shells

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

2 Tbsp minced garlic (about 4 cloves), divided

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

Pinch poultry seasoning

1-1/2 cups milk

1 cup cooked, shredded chicken

1/2 cup ricotta cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3/4 cup shredded mozzarella, divided

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 Tbsp fresh chopped herbs (parsley, basil, oregano), plus more for garnish

2 Tbsp Italian seasoned breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 5×7-inch casserole dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the shells for 10 minutes. Drain and let cool.
  3. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add 1 tablespoon garlic and saute until fragrant, stirring to avoid burning. Add flour, poultry seasoning, and salt. Whisk and cook for about 1 minute. Slowly add milk while stirring. Continue to stir and cook until thickened. Remove from heat.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella, Parmesan, egg, herbs, and remaining garlic.
  5. Spread 1/4 cup sauce on the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Stuff each shell with some of the ricotta mixture and place on top of the sauce in the dish. Top with remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 5-10 minutes, until golden and bubbly.
  7. Sprinkle with additional herbs, let stand for a couple of minutes and then serve.

Source: Adapted from The Cooking Actress and Chocolate Moosey.

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) April 29, 2015 - 6:20 pm

oooooooooooooh i love how you adapted this! These shells are epic and I already know I love that flavor ;D

Debra Eliotseats April 26, 2015 - 10:49 am

So sad I missed this epic holiday but glad I finally made it around to the recipes. I love recipes for 2! Beautiful dish, Erin.

Renee - Kudos Kitchen April 20, 2015 - 9:29 am

These look wonderful, and they combine all of my favorite things…garlic, chicken and pasta. YUM! Must make ASAP!

Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen April 20, 2015 - 9:25 am

This looks wonderful!! Stuffed shells for 2 is such a great idea :)

Joanne April 20, 2015 - 7:47 am

All that cheese and garlic…sigh. You know the way to my heart.

Cindys Recipes and Writings April 20, 2015 - 5:42 am

No vampires here, just garlic lovers! lol These are my kind of stuffed shells!

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories April 19, 2015 - 10:15 pm

Oh my goodness Erin!!! This looks sooooo good, and I’m often looking for good recipes for two. I”ve never made stuffed shells and have always wanted to.

Kelli's Kitchen April 19, 2015 - 9:03 pm

I LOVE recipes for two. Sometimes this crazy house is pretty empty with just me and my husband and while I want to make something, I don’t want it to be a whole bunch. I will pin this to my recipes for 1 or 2 board!

Sophia @ NY Foodgasm April 19, 2015 - 7:54 pm

OMG I looooove this idea! You totally took this in a whole nother direction! I totally wanna try this! Pinning!

Susan April 19, 2015 - 7:03 pm

This recipe sounds scrumptious. I’ve been looking for a recipe for stuffed shells and one to replace a chicken Alfredo recipe that was less than successful. These shells sounds like they would successfully fill both of these desires. There should be plenty of flavor.

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes April 19, 2015 - 4:29 pm

Haha I wrote how I always double garlic in all my recipes, too! Love it! This looks fantastic.

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm April 19, 2015 - 2:08 pm

What a wonderful way to use up leftover chicken. These are going on my to make list. Thanks.

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious April 19, 2015 - 10:05 am

I agree with you…I automatically double the garlic in nearly every recipe! Wonderful shells you made.

Heather | girlichef April 19, 2015 - 10:02 am

Ha ha ha ha, duly noted – I will not share this dish with a vampire. I’m exactly the same way, always upping the called for amount of garlic. This sounds like a super tasty meal, perfect thing to enjoy on National Garlic Day.


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