Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells

The best way to eat chicken parmesan -- in stuffed shells!

The best way to enjoy chicken Parmesan! Delicious (double-coated) chicken with creamy mozzarella cheese stuffed into pasta shells and covered with a delicious homemade tomato sauce.

The best way to eat chicken parmesan -- in stuffed shells!My family’s obsession with chicken parmesan has been shared a couple of times on the blog; first with this slow cooker soup and then with this one dish quinoa meal. Both change up how chicken parmesan is traditionally made and coincidently both are served with quinoa. Also, both recipes have gotten such great feedback that it felt time to bring chicken parmesan back to the blog.

And I still haven’t made it in its traditional form…

It’s being changed up yet again, but it was finally time to bring some pasta in the mix! Pasta is generally always served with traditional chicken parmesan, so I thought why not stuff the chicken INTO the shells?… 

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{One Skillet} Cream Cheese Mexican Chicken & Rice

One Skillet Easy Cream Cheese Chicken and Rice

A creamy Mexican chicken and rice dish made in one skillet and packed with delicious flavors.

Easy ONE SKILLET cream cheese chicken and rice

Okay so confession time. This dish doesn’t quite exactly like these pictures! A couple months ago, I was at my family’s house visiting Grey’s aunts. I say Grey’s aunts, because, let’s be honest, my sisters have far less desire to hang out with me when they can be hanging out with my cute boy ;). While I was there, I raided my parent’s fridge/pantry to come up with a dish very similar to this one for a quick lunch. My sisters, Grey, and I all LOVED it.

So I jotted down a few notes and the next time I made it, I took these pictures. A couple weeks later, I wanted to make it for the husband and for the third run on this recipe, I changed it a bit and it was even better. Flash forward to last night, where it got made AGAIN (can you tell we really like this meal?!) and I believe it to be the best version yet! That said, the photos and recipes are just a little different. They are close enough that I didn’t re-take all the photos in the hopes that I could get you all this recipe quicker (and while you are getting all these yummy summer veggies from your gardens or for good prices at the grocery store). Anyways, if you notice a few very minor differences from the pictures and recipes, that is why :)… 

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Coconut Chicken Curry

Easy coconut chicken curry

This coconut chicken curry is packed with delicious flavors and made easy on the stovetop.Easy coconut chicken curry

I officially have a two year old on my hands. Grey turned two this past Saturday (I wrote a short re-cap + some pictures here if you are interested!) and he even learned how to hold up two fingers to show us his age. Occasionally he holds up two fingers on each of his hands, but hey, we’re getting there.

He had a blast unwrapping presents, getting sung to, eating cake + ice cream, and playing with the ridiculous amounts of balloons around the house. As much fun as he was having, I’m pretty sure I was enjoying watching even more!… 

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Grilled Honey-Lime Chicken over Cilantro-Lime Quinoa

The BEST marinated honey-lime chicken with a Greek yogurt avocado sauce

The juiciest and ultra-tender marinated chicken grilled and placed on a bed of cilantro-lime quinoa. Serve with fresh veggies and this delicious Greek yogurt avocado dressing.BEST ever grilled honey lime chickenHappy Friday!! How about some easy marinated grilled chicken to kick off your weekend? And not just any marinated chicken – this is honesty some of the best I’ve ever had.

It feels like I’ve been holding back on you guys – no grilled chicken recipes yet this summer and we are officially at the last day of July. The reason it’s taken me so long? I’ve been working really hard trying to perfect this recipe – I wanted it to be some of the juiciest and most delicious grilled chicken. And finally, this recipe is ready!

Not only do I have the marinade recipe for you, but also a great way to serve it — with some cilantro-lime quinoa, a side salad (lettuce, tomato, avocado), and a secretly healthy creamy avocado-cilantro dressing. But don’t worry – the chicken is good enough to stand alone (or even just with that dressing) so this meal can be done in a flash if that’s what you need! But if you do have the extra time, preparing the salad and quinoa as sides will be well worth the time spent!… 

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Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Tacos

Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Tacos - easy and delicious!

These simple, yet boldly flavored BBQ-ranch chicken tacos are made in the slow cooker and perfect for a summer get together!

Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Tacos - easy and delicious! copy
If you are fan of lots of flavor for very little work, you have come to the right spot! These chicken tacos are crazy easy to make, but the result is some of the tastiest chicken tacos I’ve ever had!

My family goes crazy over chicken tacos and so naturally, we have them quite a bit at our home. Whenever we have chicken tacos, the chicken is always cooked in the slow cooker. Slow cooking chicken breasts yields (in my opinion) some of the very best and most tender chicken…. 

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{One Pot} Pesto Chicken Tortellini

An easy one pot pesto chicken tortellini

A thirty-minute, one pot, simple dinner. Pesto chicken and sun-dried tomatoes tossed with tortellini and fresh basil.

An easy one pot pesto chicken tortellini

My sister recently graduated from high school (WAHOO!) and came over one afternoon to play with Grey and hang out for a bit. Naturally, I had to make sure she was well fed and so I made her this dish for lunch.

Let me just tell you, I’ve never seen her eat so much in one sitting. Ever. And a direct quote from this sister: “This is the best thing you’ve ever made!” Bold words, but man this dish is good!

Since there weren’t any leftovers from that lunch, I had to make sure to make it for the husband and he too went nuts over it. A meal that can be made in one pot, under thirty minutes, and make a crowd go crazy? Yes, this is the dish!… 

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Cheddar Ranch Chicken Quinoa Bake

Cheddar Ranch Chicken Quinoa and Veggies! Everything gets cooked together!

This post brought to you by Hidden Valley Ranch. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Chelsea’s Messy Apron. This cheddar ranch chicken quinoa bake is loaded with good-for-you ingredients plus lots of veggies. A simple casserole where the chicken and quinoa get baked in the same dish!

Secretly healthy cheddar ranch chicken quinoa bake - the creamy flavor comes from Greek yogurt!

Okay so you know how creamy foods are usually loaded with butter or high fat milk or heavy cream? Well, welcome to a whole lot healthier with this creamy dish. I’m talking chicken broth, low-fat milk, and a little bit of flour. And the cheddar ranch part? Well of course there is cheddar cheese, but I used reduced-fat (and couldn’t even tell a difference!), then GREEK YOGURT, and the newest, latest, and greatest Greek yogurt ranch mix.

It’s kind of crazy all of the healthier swaps I made in this recipe when it doesn’t even taste lower fat or calorie. It tastes like the real-deal, ultra-creamy, delicious comfort food. I’m trying to convince myself it is not in fact magical, because it kinda sorta does seem magical.

Are you freaking out yet about this recipe? Clearly I am…. 

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{Slow Cooker} Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa, and Veggies

Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki, Quinoa, and Veggies - ALL thrown in the crockpot and dinner is ready!

The quinoa, chicken, and veggies are all cooked in ONE dish – the crockpot makes this dinner incredibly simple to make!

Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki, Quinoa, and Veggies - ALL thrown in the crockpot and dinner is ready!

This is seriously one of the easiest teriyaki chicken recipes ever. On this site, there does happen to be a very simple oven baked teriyaki dish which my family seriously loves, but as far as getting some veggies, grains, and fruit all cooked and ready in one dish? Well, this is the winner.

The chicken, quinoa, peppers, and pineapple are all cooked together in the crockpot so you don’t have to waste extra pans cooking up things separately. And the result is a flavorful, healthy, and delicious dish with incredibly little prep time!… 

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Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad

The best mandarin chicken pasta salad!

Pasta is tossed with spinach, mandarin oranges, lots of veggies, and deliciously flavored chicken pieces all topped with sliced almonds and drizzled with a flavorful dressing.

The best mandarin chicken pasta salad!

Pasta salads are pretty much a staple at my home during the Spring and Summer. Our all-time favorites (featured on the blog) are this pesto pasta and tortellini salad, this chicken taco pasta salad with a catalina dressing, and my personal favorite this Greek pasta salad.

However, after making this salad (and subsequently making it twice more in the same week), I think it’s safe to say we have a new “family favorite pasta salad.” This salad is packed with flavor, extremely filling, has all the right textures, and, honestly, it just feels plain good eating all the vegetables/healthy ingredients while absolutely loving it…. 

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Simple Mexican Chicken {30 minute meal}

The easiest 6-ingredient Mexican chicken over cilantro-lime couscous

A simple 6-ingredient Mexican salsa chicken served over a quick cilantro-lime couscous.

The easiest 6-ingredient Mexican chicken

This is quite possibly one of the EASIEST dinners to throw together. Ever. I’m talking SIX ingredients for the chicken portion!  Just chicken, taco seasoning, salsa, corn, black beans, and cheese.

The great news is not only is it super easy, the taste is incredible. Like no one would know it only took an easy six ingredients to get that flavor. Tender chicken with a little bit of a kick and tons of cheesy goodness. Of course, the “kick” part can totally be adapted to your preference – you pick the level of salsa and you can always make your own taco seasoning to give it more or less spice…. 

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5-Ingredient Lemon Pepper Chicken


Amazing, lemon pepper chicken made with fresh lemon juice for a nice citrus burst by Layers of Happiness.


Good Morning! I’m Emily from Layers of Happiness – food blog where I share easy, drool-worthy recipes with my mom. I’m so happy to be here with you this morning to share one amazing, quick and easy recipe: 5-Ingredient Lemon Pepper ChickenThis is such a simple and quick light dinner to make… and it has so much citrus flavor packed in!

We have been all about quick and easy dinners at our house lately. Especially now that the weather is warmer and we can finnaalllllyyy dust of the grill!

This chicken can be made on a skillet or on the grilled. What makes this chicken so simple is that there is only 5-ingredients (only 4 if you grill the chicken) and it’s so quick because there is no marinading time is required…. 

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{Slow Cooker} Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Delicious and easy sweet honey chipotle chicken tacos made easy with a slow cooker. You can control the level of spice in these tacos very easily!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Today is moving day!! We signed the papers over the weekend and will be moving into our place all day tomorrow. And probably throughout the next couple of weeks of course. Unfortunately, moving with a kiddo and lots of furniture isn’t like the good ole college days where I could switch apartments and be moved in within a couple of hours.

The husband and I were talking about that. What happens when you get married?! We both remember being able to move ALL of our stuff from one apartment to the next by just using the trunk and backseat of our cars. And now WHOMP a 16-foot moving truck is packed full of stuff.

And the boxes. Oh my word. So many boxes! So wish me luck and hopefully I’ll have some more recipes for you all later this week, but if the blog is quiet, you know I’m buried in those boxes wishing I were cooking up yummy food for us all!… 

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