Wednesday, March 20, 2013

mac n' cheesy chicken stuffed shells

today i'm sharing a self taught recipe that i've been debating blogging about for a while.  why?  because it's absolutely totally awsesomely incredible tasting comfort food, but frankly it's kinda nasty looking.  this is not a photogenic recipe, but after one heck of a miserable day yesterday (my car may or may not need a new alternator or battery mere weeks before i'm due to replace the car itself) all i wanted was some mac n' cheese with a dead bird inside.  don't judge.

if you have little ones to feed, i imagine this is a super kid friendly recipe.  last night I just wanted to throw my toys on the floor and have a childish tantrum, and it sure made me feel better.  my measurements are rather approximate, as i'm less a "measure and blend" kind of chef, and more of a"toss it in and see what happens" kind of cook.

you will need:
3-4 tbsp butter
12 oz evaporated milk
10.5 oz condensed cheddar cheese soup
8 oz brick cream cheese
2 cups shredded precooked chicken (i used a rotisserie chicken)
1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided (i used mild, but whatever strikes your fancy)
12 cooked jumbo pasta shells

melt the butter on medium heat over the stove and add cheese soup.  wisk until soup is less lumpy.  add evaporated milk gradually while wisking until smooth.  add 1/2 cup to 1 cup cheddar cheese gradually and continue to wisk as cheese melts.  allow cheese to melt thoroughly before adding too much.  you should have a thick velveeta-like cheese sauce that is a thick, yet pourable consistency with no lumps or stringiness.

soften cream cheese and combine with the chicken and remaining cheddar.  you could probably mash them together with a utensil, but i went straight for it with my hands.

stuff the shells with your cream cheese chicken cheddar cheese mixture.

arrange stuffed shells in a greased pan and smother them in the cheese sauce.  bake at 350 degrees for about a half hour.


  1. Yummy this looks delicious! I can't wait to try it.


  2. dang this looks so yummy. you have me craving a dead bird inside some pasta shells smothered in cheese sauce now dinner tonight maybe?

  3. These look amazing!!!! I need to try. xo, Julie

  4. OMG this made me so hungry! Yum

  5. Gosh! It's your fault! Yeah, yours! This post has made me sooo hungry that I have eaten a lot of crisps! Oh, my poor healthy diet! :P
    Great blog, really inspiring!


  6. Oh THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this. My son is the pickiest eater on earth. No lie. Mac and cheese is one of his favorite things. I will make this and maybe 'sneak' in some veggies!


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    1. oh yes! now you've inspired me to try it with peas next time i make it! hope your family enjoys!

  7. this looks really good! I never thought about making mac and cheese this way! I think I might try it out this weekend because I have shells at my home!

  8. Yummy - that looks great!

  9. I have the palette of a 5yr old so this sounds like heaven to me haha! Anything pasta + cheesy is delish in my book :)

  10. Looks delicious! We will have to try this out soon! Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at

  11. mmm looks good! thanks for sharing :)

  12. Even though it's summer and warm I made this tonight and it was amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  13. It's in the oven now. Can't wait to try it!

  14. I'm going to cook this tomorrow night. I'm going to use the shredded chicken in a can instead to save on time and money. Hopefully it'll taste as good!!!

  15. Ivv made this so many times. Ive added cumin and chili powder to the sauce to give it a smoky is sooo good

  16. I am in the process of baking it right now and it smells amazing. Can't wait to try it. Thank you!!

  17. This was so good! Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  18. This was AWESOME! Making it again tonight...thanks!