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 Taco Lasagna. 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

How to Make Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells

There are three main parts to this easy dinner recipe–cooking the pasta shells, stuffing the noodles, and baking the stuffed shells.

Boil the Pasta Shells

The trick with boiling the noodles is that you want them to be “al dente”.  That basically means you don’t want them soggy.  A soggy jumbo shell will not hold up to the filling process.  You want the noodle to be soft and pliable, but still a little firm.  A typical jumbo shell noodle needs to cook for about 9 minutes.  You will want them to cool off a bit before you start filling them unless you have a cooking glove, the shells will be hot.  One trick is to put a small amount of olive oil over the noodles after draining.  Tossing them in the oil will keep them from sticking together.

Stuff the Noodles

While the noodles are cooling down, preheat the oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, mix together the chicken, taco seasoning, cream cheese, corn, cheddar cheese, and salsa. Stuff each shell with the chicken mixture and place them in a greased 9×13-inch pan. 

Bake the Stuffed Shells

Before you put them in the oven to bake, top the stuffed noodles with the Mexican cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until they are bubbly. Top with all your favorite taco fixings, including (but not limited to) sour cream, tomatoes, and jalapeno pepper.

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 Chicken Taco Stuffed Shells, 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 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
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!

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) jumbo pasta shells, cooked al dente
  • 3 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup canned corn, drained
  • ½ cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup sour cream, for topping, optional
  • 1 medium tomato, diced for topping, optional
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, diced for topping, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook pasta until al dente, per package instructions. Drain.
  • 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 in a greased 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Top with the shredded Mexican cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until bubbly.
  • Top with sour cream, tomatoes, and jalapenos.

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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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