Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mini Chicken Alfredo

Great for an appetizer or a main dish.
Mini Chicken Alfredo
Makes 12 servings of 24 shells

24 dry jumbo pasta shells, (about 6 oz.)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves, seasoned with salt and pepper

1 1/2 c. heavy cream
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stick unsalted butter (8 Tbsp.)
1 1/2 c. grated Parmesan, divided
2 tsp. black pepper
4 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley, divided

Preheat broiler with rack 5 inches from element. Spray two 24-cup mini muffin tins with nonstick spray; set aside. Bring a large post of salted water to a boil.

Cook shells in boiling water until al dente, 12-15 minutes; drain and rinse under cold water.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and saute until cooked through, 8-9 minutes per side; cool slightly, then chop into small pieces.

Warm cream and garlic in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming. Whisk in butter until melted. Add 1 c. Parmesan, 2 tsp. pepper, and 2 Tbsp. parsley. Increase heat to medium-high and simmer until reduced to 1 cup, about 10 minutes. Stir in chicken and remove from heat.

Fill each shell with 1 heaping Tbsp. chicken mixture. Stagger filled shells, open ends up, in every other muffin tin well to prevent them from sticking to each other. Sprinkle shells with remaining 1/2 c. Parmesan.

Broil shells until sauce bubbles and Parmesan melts and is golden, about 2 minutes. Garnish shells with remaining 2 Tbsp. parsley.

*If you would like a reduced fat Alfredo Sauce use this. I make it all the time and love it!


  1. my families favorite now :) your amazing thank you !

  2. What a success! delicious!

  3. I made these the other night, they turned out good, but I think 2 tsp of black pepper over killed it! And I used the parmesan that's in the aisle, next time I will be using fresh parmesan. Other then that, they will be on my dinner menu again.

  4. I would like to make this for company but do not want to have to be broiling it just before or during time company is here. Could I just bake it like other stuffed shells????

  5. I used turkey from Thanksgiving, added spinach too. I baked it as I would stuffed shells, not in the muffin tins. Came out fine!


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