Creamy Chicken / Spinach & Ham Manicotti

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By
@1lovetocook1x

Another family favorite...Delicious!!

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★★★★★ 2 votes

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Serves:
6
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
40 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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  • 12
    manicotti shells, cooked according to package - drain
  • FILLING

  • 1
    onion, chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 1/2 c
    small diced, cooked chicken
  • 3/4 c
    small diced, cooked ham
  • 1/2 c
    ricotta cheese
  • 2 oz
    cream cheese, softened
  • 10 oz
    frozen spinach, thawed and water squeezed out , thoroughly
  • 2
    eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 c
    grated, parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp
    dried basil
  • 1 tsp
    pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    nutmeg
  • SAUCE

  • 3 c
    chicken broth
  • 3/4 c
    flour
  • 1/2 c
    heavy cream
  • 1/2 c
    milk
  • 1 tsp
    salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp
    nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp
    pepper
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 c
    grated parmesan cheese and extra for sprinkling on top
  • paprika
    for sprinkling on top

How to Make Creamy Chicken / Spinach & Ham Manicotti

Step-by-Step

  1. Cook manicotti shells according to package directions.
  2. In a small skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer. In a small skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer.



    In a large bowl, combine the onion mixture, chicken, spinach, ham, cheese, eggs,ricotta, cream cheese basil, pepper, salt and nutmeg; set aside.
  3. Sauce:

    Combine flour and chicken broth in a large saucepan until smooth; gradually stir in the milk, salt, nutmeg, pepper and cayenne. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, and stir in the 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  4. Spread 1 1/2 cups sauce into a 13 x 9 baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  5. Stuff each pasta with chicken filling. ( An easier way to stuff is cut one edge lengthwise, open up and lay out flat. Spoon on filling, roll up and place seam side down in dish.) Sometimes I drizzle a tablespoon of cream sauce down the center before rolling. Don't worry of filling comes out the ends when placing in the dish, you can stuff it back in once placed.
  6. Once all are stuffed and placed side by side in dish. Cover with sauce and sprinkle with desired amount of Parmesan cheese, and sprinkle with paprika.
  7. Cover with foil, and place in preheated oven, for 30 - 35 minutes, until heated through and bubbly.

    Remove foil and continue baking for another 5 minutes to slightly brown top.

    If you have sauce left, save it for reheating leftovers.
  8. Enjoy!

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About Creamy Chicken / Spinach & Ham Manicotti

Course/Dish: Chicken, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Italian




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