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1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 1/2 pounds (about 14 tenders) chicken breast tenders (not breaded)
14 uncooked manicotti shells (8 ounces); save the plastic trays from the box
1 jar (32 ounces) marinara sauce or Alfredo sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Chopped fresh basil leaves, optional
Sprinkle garlic salt on chicken. Insert chicken tender into each uncooked manicotti shell, stuffing the tender from end to end (use end of wooden spoon, if necessary). Place stuffed shells back into the plastic trays from the box of manicotti. Stack the trays and wrap them in foil. Place foil-wrapped trays in a self-sealing freezer bag. Put the cheese into a smaller self-sealing bag and place it inside of the bag with the shells. Squeeze out all of the air and seal the bag. To serve, place frozen shells in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray. Pour the jar of sauce over the shells. Bake at 350-degrees for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella and bake an additional 15 minutes. Top with basil before serving. Makes 4 to 5 servings. Note: This recipe works well if fewer servings are desired. Just remove as many shells as you need, cover them with sauce and bake.