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Kick Ass Chicken Lasagna

A completely amazing, totally delicious chicken lasagna recipe that is always a favorite! Kick Ass Chicken Lasagna is the perfect cozy comfort food meal and is one of my favorites to bring for neighbors when you need to stuff the fridge.

Kick Ass Chicken Lasagna

When I decided to share my favorite chicken lasagna here, I was actually inspired by the World’s Worst Lasagna that I was served just recently.

To give you an idea, it was loaded with cream of chicken soup [NO], which, I’m pretty sure, should never be in anything called lasagna.

While I was researching all the things you need to make a seriously Kick Ass Chicken Lasagna (details below), something happened.

My friend’s very young and very healthy husband just out of the blue got very sick. At age 29 he was diagnosed with colon cancer. 9 days before Christmas.

And my heart just broke for them.

I wanted to DO something because I am a bring you magazines, walk your dogs, fill up your fridge kinda girl. The only problem is that my friend lives in Chicago which is approximately really extra far from here.

And so I, along with a handful of other food bloggers decided to virtually fill up our friend’s fridge.

The Best Chicken Lasagna Recipe

Chicken Lasagna is for sure a dish that’s easy to tote along to a potluck, or send to a neighbor that’s buried in work, had a baby, or just has no time to cook with whatever is ailing them. 

And I wanna take a minute to tell you about my friend.

Do you know Ashley at Center Cut Cook? You probably do and you just didn’t know it. Ashley is responsible for the super duper world famous Chocolate Lasagna.

Once we went to a family gathering and there was a giant pan of Chocolate Lasagna just hanging out on the dessert table. Whoever brought it just found the recipe (because it is everywhere. It really is famous!), loved it, and made it, having no idea they were cooking from my friend’s archives. I messaged her right away.

Ashley is not only the master of chocolate and Oreos, but also is responsible for things like Maple Bacon Dijon Chicken. All of those words right next to each other are perfect. {the photos are more perfect. Seriously.}

And then there’s the Candy Cane Kisses Hot Cocoa Mix which… actually I could really use a big cup of that right now!!!

Chicken Lasagna with White Sauce

Besides being very talented in the kitchen and behind the camera, Ashley is amazingly supportive of her peers. She shares and sends along kind words of encouragement — I can’t even count how many times she has helped me with big things, with little things, or just exchanged a few lines of funny frustrations.

She is reeeeeally great.

Her husband is great, too! He manages servers or something very techno-savvy for his job and once he just waved his magic computer wand on Sugar Dish Me and fixed a bunch of things that would have taken me a decade.

They are the nicest nice people, married for 10 years now and high school sweethearts, which for me makes what is happening exponentially unfair and plain old crummy.

The Best Chicken Lasagna Recipe

WHAT GOES WITH CHICKEN LASAGNA? 

Salad! I love a good salad with all my dinners, but especially with a cheesy pasta dish like lasagna. I VERY MUCH recommend my Favorite Italian Salad Recipe. the dressing is a little bit Olive Garden copycat recipe, but with more flavor (and no packets of seasoning).

A forkful of my Favorite Italian salad. The dressing is a creamy Italianj made with white vinegar and plenty of cheese. Easy Cheesy Italian Bread

And you can’t have lasagna without bread. My Easy Cheesy Italian Bread Recipe is a no-knead bread stuffed with cheese, bread, and tomatoes. If you are in a hurry, you can throw together this Almost 1 Hour Dinner Bread Recipe. I also HIGHLY recommend Copycat Carrabba’s Herb Dip. 

Who needs to go out when you can have all this (and leftovers!) in your own kitchen? 

Kick Ass Chicken Lasagna

Kick Ass Chicken Lasagna

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

An amazingly cheesy chicken lasagna that kicks ass! It is also perfect to take to a neighbor or friend. This is stuff-the-refrigerator food!!!

Ingredients

  • 9 uncooked lasagna noodles

For the Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into very small bits (1/2 inch or smaller)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 12 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan Romano cheese

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk (at least 2 %)
  • 4 ounces grated Parmesan Romano cheese
  • 12 ounces shredded mozzarella, divided

For the Mushrooms:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 13 X 9 baking dish (I rub a little olive oil on the bottom and sides).
  2. Cook the lasagna noodles according to package instructions, but only cook halfway (because they will cook more in the oven). Drain and rinse with cold water (stops the cooking process).
  3. While the pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken. Then add the salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. Brown the chicken over medium high heat. This will take only 4-5 minutes (because the chicken pieces are small).
  4. Set the drained noodles and cooked chicken aside.
  5. In a medium bowl mix together the ricotta cheese, egg, and 2 ounces Grated Parmesan Romano. Stir in the cooked chicken and set aside.
  6. Make the cheese sauce and cook the mushrooms at the same time. In a medium saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour until it thickens. Then pour in the milk, stirring while you pour. Bring it to a simmer.
  7. In a medium skillet (or re-use the pan you cooked the chicken in), melt the tablespoon of butter. Add the mushrooms and toss them with the oregano. Let them cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until they are caramelly in color - about 5 minutes.
  8. When the milk in the saucepan simmers, stir in the 4 ounces of grated Parmesan Romano cheese, and 8 ounces of the mozzarella. Stir until it melts.
  9. To assemble the lasagna, lay 3 of the noodles on the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread 1/3 of the ricotta mixture over the noodles. Spoon or ladle 1/3 of the cheese sauce over the ricotta mixture. This will help it to spread. Top with half of the mushrooms.
  10. Repeat. When you get to the last layer, sprinkle the entire top with the remaining 4 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  11. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 424 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 118mg Sodium: 652mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 37g

If you are looking for more recipes that are perfect for filling the refrigerators of all your neighbors and friends, I have a few recommendations

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole  {Gluten Free} – My Gluten Free Kitchen

Cashew Rice Bowl – Vegan in the Freezer

Pepperoni Pizza Dip – Wishes and Dishes

Meals to Deliver to Family and Friends – Barefeet in the Kitchen

Comfort Food Because Sometimes Bad Things Happen – On the Banks of Squaw Creek

Center Cut Cook – The Midnight Baker

Best Meals to Deliver to Friends – Slow Roasted Italian

 

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Deborah Buttice

Sunday 22nd of September 2019

This was fantastic! I used “no-boil” noodles. Since I did not have any milk, I used fat free half-and-half In the cheese sauce. I put about a quarter of a cup of the half-and-half in the bottom of the casserole dish before I laid the noodles down. I cooked it with foil on top until the last 10 minutes, and then browned the top under the broiler. Will definitely keep this recipe in my rotation!

Heather Tullos

Saturday 28th of September 2019

Thank you, Deborah!

Cindy Fine

Monday 2nd of September 2019

Made this for dinner last night, it's GREAT! I don't have a chicken lasagna recipe, I will definitely add this to the Dinner rotation. Thanks so much Heather!

Rhonda

Thursday 8th of August 2019

How do you think this dish would do to bake and then freeze? Then thaw and heat.

Paula

Sunday 4th of August 2019

Add this today for Sunday dinner. Didn’t have any mushrooms so added broccoli rabe and roasted peppers. So far looks delicious. Thank you

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 6th of August 2019

Thanks so much, Paula!

Jackie

Wednesday 20th of February 2019

I would love to have the recipe the chicken lasagna