Chicken and Zucchini Stuffed Shells


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This past week I decided that I need exercise back in my life.  I really really miss it!!  So I have been riding my bike down the board walk all the way to the Huntington Beach Pier.

It doesn’t even feel like exercise.  I love it so much!!  The best thing about my ride is PEOPLE WATCHING!!!  Are any of you people watchers???
Let me just tell you when it gets the slightest bit hot here, everyone feels like they need to get naked.

For example, when I was riding last Wednesday I saw a girl jogging in her bikini.  I think self-confidence is wonderful and all, but really??? 

I couldn’t believe my eyes she was actually jogging in tennis shoes with a teeny black bikini on.  I guess she thought she looked pretty awesome and thought the rest of the world needed a peek at her awesomeness.

I wonder if she used some sticky tape to strap her “goodies” in.  She had to have.  In any case it in entertaining for me to see!!

This recipe is phenomenal!!  I had to make something for my husband’s pot luck at work and I have used most of my go-to recipes for him to bring and didn’t know what to bring.  So I texted someone that I knew would have a fantastic recipe.  The Girl Who Ate Everything always has the most amazing food on her site and steered me in the right direction.

My hubby doesn’t like spinach so I changed the spinach out for zucchini and I was lazy and didn’t want to cut up onions or garlic so I used garlic powder instead.  It turned out wonderfully!!  Once I made the stuffing and stuffed the shells I layered them in a crockpot with spaghetti sauce in between.  That way my hubby could just plug in the crockpot when he got to work and it would be ready by lunchtime. 

Chicken and Zucchini Stuffed Shells
1 (12-ounce) box uncooked jumbo pasta shells (if all of yours survive the boil this is enough, to be safe you may want 1 1/2 boxes)
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 cups fresh chopped Zucchini
1 TB Garlic Powder
1 (15oz) container ricotta cheese
1 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (5oz) package shredded Parmesan cheese (about 1 2/3 cups)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 (26oz) Jars Paul Newman’s Sockarooni prepared spaghetti sauce

1. Cook shells according to package directions. Be careful not to overcook them or they will tear easily when trying to fill them. Drain and set shells out individually on a cutting board or baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.

2. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease two 9x13 baking dishes. Or get your crock pot out.

3. In a large bowl, combine chicken and all the rest of the ingredients except mozzarella and spaghetti sauce. Stir in 1 cup mozzarella. Spoon into shells. *Tip: For easier filling, fill a gallon ziplock baggie with the filling and snip a quarter size hole off the corner of the bag. Then you can just pipe the filling into the shells.  This is an excellent tip and works wonderfully!!

4. Spread half of spaghetti sauce into prepared baking dishes. Arrange shells over sauce; top with remaining sauce. Cover tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil. If you are freezing one of the 9x13 prepared pans, freeze it after this step. Include a baggy of the remaining mozzarella for when you cook it.

5. Bake, covered, for 40 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella. Bake for 5 to 10 more minutes.  If you are using a crock pot heat at low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-3.










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11 comments:

  1. Looks good! Just pinned it!

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    1. Thank you Shay!! The Girl Who Ate Everything's recipes are always spot on!

      -Heather

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  2. Your photography is so GORGEOUS, I'd eat garbage if you plated it up and styled it as well as you do! And the visual of the bikini runner - to die for. I LOVE people watching - but if I did so whilest riding a bike, it may have a hazardous outcome for a klutz like me. Happy Tuesday to you!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! If you ever come to Cali you and I can people watch together!

      -Heather

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  3. I may be making this for dinner tomorrow, looks good.

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