Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells

June 27, 2016 (Last Updated: June 29, 2020)
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A plate of stuffed pasta shells topped with a creamy cheesy sauce

I love Buffalo chicken in all shapes and forms. It’s one of my favorite flavor profiles, and I’m always looking for different ways to adapt my favorite dishes into Buffalo versions. When faced with half a box of jumbo pasta shells recently, I decided to stuff them with none other than spicy Buffalo chicken and creamy ricotta cheese.

a buffalo chicken filling for stuffed shells in a mixing bowl
The filling

Tangy homemade blue cheese dressing, and gooey mozzarella finish off the dish, yielding a real winner in my book.

unbaked buffalo chicken stuffed shells in a baking dish
Ready to hit the oven!

These Buffalo chicken stuffed shells are super easy to make, especially if you already have some cooked chicken on hand to shred, but it’s easy enough to cook a chicken breast or two and shred them up for this purpose.

overhead view of baked buffalo chicken stuffed shells in a casserole dish

Many stuffed shell fillings include an egg to held bind the mixture, but I left that out of mine. I liked that the filling was somewhat looser and creamier, but you can easily add a beaten egg if you want your filling to hold together a bit more. It’s really not necessary in my opinion though.

A close up side view of baked buffalo chicken stuffed shells

I use homemade blue cheese dressing as the “sauce” on top. I’ve seen other similar recipes online that don’t really have any type of sauce, and I always feel this yields really dry shells, even with a sprinkle of cheese on top.

A close up of a casserole dish filled with buffalo chicken stuffed shells

The creamy sauce that results from a combination of the dressing and shredded mozzarella is true perfection with the al dente shells and spicy, but luscious filling.

A plate of buffalo chicken stuffed shells

A bit of crunch from the chopped celery is the final touch to these excellent crowd-pleasing stuffed shells.

A close up of buffalo chicken stuffed shells on a plate

Serve them as an appetizer/snack at your next game night or sporting event, or enjoy them for dinner with a crisp salad on the side. Either way, they are definitely an easy-to-prepare rendition of my beloved Buffalo chicken.

a half-eaten plate of buffalo chicken stuffed shells
Buffalo chicken stuffed shells

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells

Victoria
You can do anything with Buffalo chicken! These delicious stuffed shells are a prime example featuring a delicious, spicy filling and a creamy blue cheese sauce.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 3 to 4 servings (about 18 to 20 shells)
Calories 146 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (you can use leftover rotisserie chicken meat if you'd like)
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 cup hot sauce such as Frank’s Red Hot
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese depending on preference
  • 6 ounces jumbo pasta shells about 18 to 20 shells–I like to boil a couple extra too in case any of them rip
  • 1 cup blue cheese dressing

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F with the oven rack in the lower third of the oven. Lightly grease a large baking dish (or a couple smaller ones–I baked two-thirds of my shells in a 10 1/2-by-7-inch baking dish, and froze the rest in a 7-by-5-inch baking dish).
  • Boil the pasta shells in generously salted water for 1 minute less than the package directs. Drain and remove the shells to a tray or baking sheet so they are spread out and do not stick to each other. Allow them to cool.
  • Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet and add the celery, cooking for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until crisp-tender. Remove from the heat and add to a medium mixing bowl along with the shredded chicken breast, ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup of the mozzarella, the hot sauce, and the crumbled blue cheese.
  • Spoon the chicken mixture into the cooked pasta shells dividing the mixture evenly. I yielded 19 stuffed shells. Place the shells into the greased baking dish and drizzle the tops of the shells with the blue cheese dressing. Top the shells with the remaining 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 15 minutes, then uncover and continue to bake another 10 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Serve immediately.

Notes & Nutrition

You can easily double this recipe and use an entire 12 ounce package of jumbo pasta shells.
Servings 18.0 * calories 146 * Total Fat 8 g * Saturated Fat 3 g * Monounsaturated Fat 0 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 25 mg * Sodium 551 mg * Potassium 51 mg * Total Carbohydrate 8 g * Dietary Fiber 0 g * Sugars 1 g * Protein 7 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*

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