Shells w/Grilled Chicken Cutlets & Fresh Mozzarella

I had a kitchen emergency this past weekend – a ball of fresh mozzarella that I had in my refrigerator was about to go bad.  Fresh mozzarella is amazing and I could not let this beauty go to waste, so I made Shells w/Grilled Chicken Cutlets & Fresh Mozzarella.  This dish was simple, but tasted delicious with all the fresh ingredients… adding a little butter to the pasta shells also helped too.   Enjoy!
Guess who turns 1 today???  The cutest baby in the world… my niece!
Happy Birthday, Little Mama!!!!
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 box of medium pasta shells
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for pasta.  Meanwhile, heat grill pan to medium; lightly oil grates with cooking spray or vegetable oil.  Season chicken with salt and pepper and grill until cooked through, 2-3 minutes per side.  Remove from grill, and cut into thin strips.  Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions.  Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and return to pot.  Add chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, Parmesan, and butter.  Toss to combine.  Add reserved pasta water a little at a time to create a sauce that coats shells (you may not need all the water).  Serve with more Parmesan and basil.

*Adapted from Martha Stewart


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4 responses to “Shells w/Grilled Chicken Cutlets & Fresh Mozzarella

  1. Way to save that mozzarella!! I am also always trying to use up good food before it goes bad. Looks like a tasty pasta dish for any night of the week. Happy 1st bday to your niece. 🙂

  2. mom

    This pasta dish looks delicious. I know “Little Mama” would love it.
    Can’t wait to see you all this weekend!!

  3. I would cry if I had mozzarella go bad on me. Nice save!

  4. You were smart to avoid that moztastrophe. This looks super good. I am now craving one. Your little girl is adorable.

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