Stuffed with seasoned chicken, cheese, corn, and salsa, Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells bring a whole new flavor to stuffed shells and Taco Tuesdays! If you love tacos, be sure to try my Beef Taco Stuffed Shells. For a more traditional stuffed shell recipe, don’t pass up my Three Cheese Stuffed Shells for another delicious pasta dish.

Close Up of Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells

Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells

Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells are loaded with rotisserie chicken that has been seasoned with my homemade taco seasoning. They are a great addition to any Taco Tuesday menu, and they should really be enjoyed any day of the week!

Shredded Cheese Sprinkled over Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells

Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells Recipe

It’s all about the seasoned rotisserie chicken in this recipe. I used my homemade taco seasoning, but you could also use a one-ounce packet you get at the store. Get the ingredients you need, and for toppings, it’s just a suggestion. Like regular tacos, the fixing ideas are endless!

Overhead View is Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells in a Skillet

Tips for Perfect Stuffed Shells

  • Don’t skip the “al dente” part of cooking the pasta. You want them slightly under-done so that they can continue cooking in the oven and won’t get mushy.
  • Consider a homemade taco seasoning over store-bought. This really lets you control the spice!
  • There is “1 cup salsa” in the recipe. You can use your favorite salsa here! We also love making our own Pico and using that.
  • Shred (or crumble if you are using Queso Fresco) your own cheese when you are able. It really does make a difference, and can sometimes be less expensive. This is the BEST cheese shredder, I have two! (affiliate link)
Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells on a White Plate with Fork

Can I Freeze Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells?

The answer is YES! Isn’t it great when you can prepare a meal ahead of time and just take it out of the freezer when you are ready to make it? I feel so accomplished when I have at least one meal prepped for the week! To freeze, simply prepare the meal following the instructions, but don’t bake it. The only difference is to place the stuffed shells in a 9×13- inch aluminum pan. Cover it with aluminum foil and don’t forget to write the name of the dish and the instructions, along with the date. When you are ready to bake it, take it out of the freezer, uncover it, and bake it for 45-60 minutes at 350°F. This will last up to 3 months in the freezer.

Cut Into Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells on White Plates

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Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Filled with rotisserie chicken that is seasoned with homemade taco seasoning, these Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells will be your new favorite recipe for Taco Tuesdays!


  • 12 ounces (340 g) jumbo pasta shells, cooked al dente according to package instructions
  • 3 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1 cup (165 g) sweet corn
  • ½ cup (56.5 g) mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (259 g) salsa,
  • 1 cup (113 g) Mexican cheese blend*, shredded
  • ½ cup (115 g) sour cream, for topping, optional
  • 1 medium tomato, diced for topping, optional
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, diced for topping, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, taco seasoning, cream cheese, corn, cheddar cheese, and salsa.
  • Stuff each jumbo shell with the chicken mixture and place into the prepared baking dish.
  • Top with the shredded Mexican cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until bubbly.
  • Top with sour cream, tomatoes, and jalapenos.


*In this recipe “Mexican cheese” can be the blend you buy at the grocery store. It is often a blend of Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla, and Asadero cheeses. You can also use Queso Fresco  or Cotija cheese.

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  1. I recommend transferring the cooked shells into a bowl of cold water with a few ice cubes. Using a slotted spoon and doing it just a few shells at a time will prevent the cooked shells from tearing during draining and when filling. Also – this can be cooked in a microwave after assembling everything in a glass pan if your microwave oven is large enough. Cover with plastic wrap with one corner of wrap folded back so it can vent. Cook for 10 min. on full power. Enjoy.

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