Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells

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These Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells are a mashup of some of my favorite Italian dishes! Pasta shells stuffed with chicken Parmesan and that luscious cheese mixture… it’s amazing!

closeup of chicken parmesan stuffed shells

Chicken Parmesan is definitely one of my all time favorite Italian dishes since I was a kid. I love the breaded chicken topped with marinara sauce and cheese. And who doesn’t loved stuffed shells? Yummy pasta filled with 3 types of cheese and topped with marinara sauce…yummy! So I decided to combine these two loves into one delicious dinner.

Making Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells

ingredients for breaded chicken

I started by making my breaded chicken pieces for the Chicken Parmesan. I cut my boneless, skinless chicken breast pieces into about 1″ chunk pieces. Then each chopped chicken piece was dunked in a egg and flour mixture and then into panko bread crumbs.

cooking breaded chicken in pan

I browned both sides in some olive oil in a large skillet to finish up the breaded chicken.

Then it was time to assemble the cheese mixture. Ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese with some Italian seasoning and an egg.

cheese mixture ingredients

It combines all together to form a beautiful, cheesy mixture.

cheese mixture combined

You layer the bottom on your baking dish / casserole dish with your favorite marinara sauce. I just use a jar option – so quick and they are so good!

marinara sauce in bottom of pan

Then it’s time to start filling your shells. Cook your shells according to the package directions on the box and let them cool. Then I used a teaspoon and added about 2 teaspoons per shell with the cheese filling.

3 cheese stuffed shells in pan

You don’t want to over fill as you need to add that breaded chicken you made.

pan filled with cheese stuffed shells

When it came to stuffing I realized that I need to cut a few of the breaded chicken pieces in half. They were just too big. Now I used the small shells, but if you used the jumbo pasta shells you’d need more filling and could keep the breaded chicken tenders bigger in size.

adding breaded chicken to cheese stuffed shells

Time to finish it off before baking. I poured some more of my jarred marinara sauce on top of the stuff shells and finished with a sprinkle of some grated mozzarella cheese.

adding sauce and cheese to top of shells

Time to finish it off in the oven. A little over 30 minutes later and you have this delicious dish!

pan of cooked chicken parmesan stuffed shells

Finish your meal with a loaf of garlic bread and a green salad and your family will be delighted. You can sprinkle some parsley or fresh basil on top before serving, if you’d like.

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells

Great mash-up of Chicken Parmesan and Stuffed Shells with this Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells.
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Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:1 hour


  • 8"x10" pan
  • frying pan


Breaded Chicken

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • salt and pepper to your liking
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs if you can’t find panko, Italian breadcrumbs will work too
  • olive oil to fill pan 1/4 inch

Stuffed Shells

  • 1/2 box of shells about 2 inches in length
  • 1 egg
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

Other items

  • 1 jar of marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded


  • Cut your boneless, skinless chicken breast into 1" chunks. Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
  • In a shallow dish (pie pan works great) combine eggs and flour. In another shallow dish pour in your breadcrumbs.
  • Take each piece of seasoned chicken and dip into the egg mixture and then the panko breadcrumbs.
  • Once all pieces have been coated add your olive oil to a frying pan. You only need about 1/4 inch in the base.
  • Heat on medium for a few minutes until the oil is glimmering. Test one piece of chicken and see if it starts to fry up quickly. If so, add about another 5-6 pieces, just don't over crowd your pan.
  • Cook about 2 minutes on each side until they are golden brown.
  • Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Finish cooking the remaining chicken pieces.
  • Get a pot of water boiling. Add some salt and your shells. Cook according to package.
  • Once finish place on a plate to cool.
  • In a bowl combine your egg, cheeses, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  • Pour about 1/4 of your jar of marinara sauce into the base of your baking dish.
  • Use a teaspoon to add the cheese mixture to your cook shells. I add about 2 teaspoons per shell.
  • Place the cheese stuffed shell (opening up) into the marinara filled based of the baking dish.
  • Once all the cheese filled shells are in the pan you can add the breaded chicken to the top of the cheese, inside the shells.
  • If the pieces are too big cut them in half.
  • Once filled with chicken drizzle the remaining marinara sauce on top of the stuffed shells and top with mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover with aluminum foil.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30-40 minutes until bubbly.
  • Serve hot with some french bread and salad for a perfect meal.


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chicken, pasta
Servings: 5 people
Author: Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
Cost: $10

You can make this meal a day or two in advance. I’d add the toppings (marinara on cheese) on top just before making though. I haven’t tried, but I bed they’d freeze up great too.

Other Pasta Recipes

Fettuccine with Chicken in a Garlic, Basil and Parmesan Sauce

Baked Penne Rigate Recipe

Creamy Garlic, Bacon and Tomato Penne with Mozzarella

I hope you get a chance to try this fun Italian mashup!


  1. I want to thank you so much for sharing. All of these dishes make my mouth water. As I have diabetes I can’t have the pasta but I sure can have the meats with the sauce and I can’t wait to try these.

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