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Chicken Spinach Manicotti

This saucy pasta recipe is so easy and convenient; it's perfect for any busy weeknight. If you use your own precooked chicken, you'll need about a cup, diced. -Melissa Holmquist of Pensacola, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, divided
  • 6 ounces frozen diced cooked chicken breast, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 6 uncooked manicotti shells
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

  • Divide spinach in half; refrigerate one portion for another use. In a sieve or colander, drain remaining spinach, squeezing to remove excess liquid. Pat dry; place in a small bowl. Add chicken; set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the tomato sauce, basil, oregano, garlic powder and brown sugar; cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until heated through.
  • Meanwhile, stuff 1/4 cup chicken mixture into each uncooked manicotti shell. Spread 1/2 cup sauce into a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Arrange manicotti over sauce; top with remaining sauce.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until manicotti shells are tender. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 8-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 554 calories, 27g fat (16g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 1862mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 34g protein.

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