Spicy Vodka Chicken Shells

Happy Hump Day Guys! 

But also, Happy November 1st! 

It’s the start of a new month, so that means new beginnings and a fresh start for a lot of people. 

November kicks off the holiday season (as we begin to see more and more stores roll out their Christmas inspired goods). 

Today’s recipe is actually something new for me. 

As you read through previous posts of mine, you probably noticed I ALWAYS seasoned my meat with my 2 favorite staples (Goya Sazón && soy sauce). This recipe does not have either. I went for a more spicy route, because I really love me some spicy food. 

So let’s begin, shall we? 


You want to start out with some ground chicken! [Of course you can substitute, omit, and change it to your liking :)]! 


To season the meat I went with 2 well known spices: cayenne pepper and crushed red peppers flakes. This dish packs a slow kick that hits you after the first chews are over. 


After the meat is nice and seasoned, bring a small pot to boil with a pinch of salt to cook the shells in. When the water is boiling, add the shells and cook for about 13 minutes. You can use any brand or type of pasta shells you can find or prefer. 

Once I got the pot of water set, I get a skillet and some coconut oil to bring to a nice medium-high heat to cook the meat. 


After the meat is done cooking, I add vodka sauce to the meat. 

Once the 13 minutes passed for the shells, run them under cold water so they cool down. This will allow you to hold the shells while you scoop meat into them. 


Add stuffed shell to the baking pan. Then add tons of cheese of your choice! I added a mixture of mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheese. 

Allow the dish to bake at 385°F for 30 minutes. 


Let it sit for a few minutes, and you’re ready to serve up a delicious meal! 

* If you don’t like really spicy foods, please HALF the amount for the cayenne and crushed red pepper flakes*

PREP TIME: 

  • 20-30 minutes 

COOK TIME: 

  • 1 Hour 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 Pack Ground Chicken 
  • 1 Tbs Ground Black Pepper 
  • 1 Tbs Italian Seasoning 
  • 1 Tbs Crushed Red Flakes 
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Pepper 
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper 
  • 1 Pack of Pasta Shells 
  • 2 Tbs Coconut Oil (to cook meat) 
  • 1 Can Vodka Pasta Sauce 
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella 
  • 1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese 
  • Parsley (for garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Clean ground chicken under cold water 
  2. In a large bowl, season meat with all dry seasonings 
  3. In a saucepan, bring water to boil with a pinch of salt- add pasta shells when water is boiling and cook for 13 minutes
  4. Using a medium/large skillet heat coconut oil in medium-high heat and cook ground chicken 
  5. When ground chicken is nice and brown, add vodka sauce to meat 
  6. Once pasta shells are ready, run under cold water to cool down
  7. Hold pasta shells with clean hands and scoop a spoonful of meat/sauce mix into each individual shell 
  8. Layer shells in baking pan 
  9. Once all the shells are placed in the baking pan, sprinkle the cheeses all over the top of the shells 
  10. Bake stuffed shells in 385°F oven for 30 minutes 
  11. Once the shells are ready, let them sit for a few minutes 
  12. Enjoy! 

Happy Eating!

 

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