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Chicken Manicotti

When a girlfriend came home from the hospital with her newborn, I sent over this freezer casserole. She and her family raved over how good it was. Try substituting olives for mushrooms or using veal instead of chicken. —Jamie Valocchi, Mesa, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    2 casseroles (4 servings each)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 16 uncooked manicotti shells
  • 2 jars (26 ounces each) spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 cup water

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Rub garlic powder over chicken; cut into 1-in. strips. Stuff chicken into manicotti shells. Spread 1 cup spaghetti sauce in each of two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes.
  • Place 8 stuffed manicotti shells in each dish. Sprinkle with sausage and mushrooms. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over the top. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Drizzle water around the edge of each dish. Cover and bake 45-55 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and pasta is tender.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casseroles for up to 1 month. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake casseroles as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.
Nutrition Facts
2 stuffed shells: 546 calories, 26g fat (11g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 980mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 41g protein.

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  • momsjoyof3
    Apr 13, 2018

    My family loves this recipe, even my picky daughter! I have made it several times to give away and am always told how much the recipients enjoyed it. This is my go-to recipe for gifting.

  • klkblk
    May 21, 2014

    I want to make this and take for our weekend away. Would it be ok to make Friday and bake on Sunday. The only thing I'm concerned about is the raw chicken sitting with the other ingrediants . I ve made this before and loved it.

  • Cheryl Clawson
    Apr 17, 2013

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    Feb 21, 2013

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    Dec 12, 2012

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  • psygrad95
    May 15, 2012

    A little time consuming stuffing the manicotti, but not bad considering you get 2 full trays. I put about 4 1" chuncks of chicken per manicotti.

  • cel723731
    Feb 15, 2012

    My husband and I chose this for our special Valentine's dinner. It was extremely easy to prepare and turned out perfect! Delicious!

  • klmartin83
    Nov 17, 2011

    It was okay. There are other pasta dishes I like better, and my husband wasn't really a fan at all.