Chicken Lasagna
Chicken Lasagna
5 from 70 votes
Traditional lasagna recipes can be replaced with this delicious chicken lasagna version. Pasta sheets are layered with a tomato-based chicken filling and creamy white sauce. This lasagna recipe is comforting, warming, and delicious.
Chicken Lasagna

Chicken lasagna, a hearty and comforting dish, combines the rich flavors of tender chicken, aromatic herbs, savory tomato sauce, creamy béchamel, and gooey cheese, all layered between sheets of lasagna.

This dish is a delightful twist on the classic lasagna, offering a poultry-based alternative to the traditional beef or vegetable versions. Originating from Italy, lasagna has become a beloved staple in kitchens around the world, cherished for its versatility and satisfying taste.

Crafting a chicken lasagna may seem daunting to some, but fear not, as this recipe is designed with simplicity in mind. By following these straightforward instructions, even novice cooks can achieve a delicious homemade lasagna that rivals those served in restaurants.

With its layers of flavor and comforting appeal, chicken lasagna is sure to become a favorite among family and friends.

Prepare to embark on a culinary journey as we combine fresh ingredients and simple techniques to create a mouthwatering chicken lasagna that will delight your taste buds and warm your soul.

Expert Tip: For a burst of freshness and flavor, consider adding some chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil, to the top of the lasagna before serving.

Ingredients

Lasagna Sheets: These no-cook lasagna sheets serve as the sturdy foundation for our chicken lasagna. They absorb the delicious flavors of the sauce while providing the perfect texture for each bite.

Chicken Breast: Diced chicken breast adds protein-rich goodness to our lasagna. It’s lean, tender, and absorbs the flavors of the herbs and spices, creating a savory filling that complements the other ingredients perfectly.

Onion: Chopped onions bring a delightful sweetness and depth of flavor to the dish. As they cook down, they release their natural sugars, enhancing the overall taste of the chicken mixture.

Garlic: Minced garlic adds a punch of flavor and aromatic complexity to our chicken lasagna. It infuses the dish with its unmistakable fragrance and savory essence, elevating the entire culinary experience.

Olive Oil: Used for sautéing the onions, garlic, and chicken, olive oil adds a touch of richness and helps to evenly cook and brown the ingredients, imparting a subtle fruity flavor to the dish.

Tomatoes: Chopped tomatoes form the base of our flavorful tomato sauce. They provide a fresh and vibrant taste, along with a pleasant acidity that balances the richness of the other ingredients.

Tomato Paste: Tomato paste intensifies the tomato flavor and adds depth to our sauce. Its concentrated nature gives our sauce a robust richness that perfectly complements the chicken and herbs.

Dried Oregano and Basil: These aromatic herbs infuse our chicken lasagna with their earthy, fragrant notes. Oregano lends a slightly peppery and citrusy flavor, while basil adds a sweet and floral undertone, enhancing the overall taste profile of the dish.

Salt and Black Pepper: These essential seasonings add balance and depth to our chicken lasagna, ensuring that each layer is perfectly seasoned to enhance the overall flavor experience.

Mozzarella Cheese: Grated mozzarella cheese adds a gooey, melty layer of indulgence to our lasagna. Its creamy texture and mild flavor perfectly complement the savory chicken and tomato sauce.

Butter: Unsalted butter forms the base of our creamy béchamel sauce. It adds richness and a velvety texture, ensuring that our sauce is luxuriously smooth.

Plain Flour: Used as a thickening agent, plain flour helps to create a silky-smooth consistency in our béchamel sauce, giving it the perfect thickness and body.

Milk: Milk provides the creamy liquid component of our béchamel sauce. It adds richness and a subtle sweetness, rounding out the flavors of the dish.

Salt and Black Pepper: These seasonings are added to taste, enhancing the flavor of our béchamel sauce and ensuring that it is perfectly seasoned to complement the other ingredients in the lasagna.

Expert Tip: No-cook lasagna sheets are a convenient option for this recipe, but if you prefer, you can use traditional lasagna noodles that require boiling. Just be sure to cook them until al dente before assembling the lasagna.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve your delicious chicken lasagna piping hot straight from the oven, allowing the enticing aromas to tantalize your senses.
  • Accompany your lasagna with a crisp green salad dressed with a light vinaigrette. The freshness of the salad provides a delightful contrast to the rich and savory flavors of the lasagna.
  • Pair your chicken lasagna with some crusty garlic bread or warm dinner rolls for the ultimate comfort food experience. The bread’s crisp exterior and soft interior are perfect for soaking up any leftover sauce.
  • Garnish each serving of chicken lasagna with a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley or basil for a pop of color and an extra burst of freshness.
  • Don’t forget to set the mood with some soft lighting and your favorite background music to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere for enjoying your homemade chicken lasagna with family and friends.

Expert Tip: To save time, consider using rotisserie chicken or leftover cooked chicken for this recipe. Simply shred or dice the cooked chicken and add it to the sauce during the final steps of preparation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use cooked chicken instead of raw chicken breast?

Yes, you can definitely use cooked chicken in this recipe. Simply dice or shred the cooked chicken and add it to the sauce during the final steps of preparation. This is a great way to use up leftover roasted or grilled chicken.

Can I make this lasagna ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can assemble the lasagna ahead of time and refrigerate it, covered, for up to 24 hours before baking. This is convenient for meal prep or entertaining guests. Just remember to adjust the baking time accordingly if the lasagna is cold from the refrigerator.

Can I freeze leftover chicken lasagna?

Yes, chicken lasagna freezes very well. Once it has cooled completely, portion it into individual servings or larger portions, wrap tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and place in a freezer-safe container. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating in the oven.

What can I substitute for no-cook lasagna sheets?

If you don’t have access to no-cook lasagna sheets, you can use traditional lasagna noodles that require boiling. Simply cook the noodles according to the package instructions until al dente, then proceed with assembling the lasagna as directed in the recipe.

Can I make this recipe vegetarian?

Absolutely! You can easily make a vegetarian version of this lasagna by omitting the chicken and using additional vegetables instead. Consider adding layers of sautéed mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, or bell peppers for a flavorful meatless alternative. Adjust the seasonings as needed to suit your taste preferences.

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Chicken Lasagna

Chicken Lasagna

by Nabeela Kauser
Traditional lasagna recipes can be replaced with this delicious chicken lasagna version. Pasta sheets are layered with a tomato-based chicken filling and creamy white sauce.
5 from 70 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Western
Servings 6
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 Lasagna Sheets No-Cook
  • 500 g Chicken Breast Diced
  • 1 Onion Chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 400 g Tomatoes Chopped
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • Salt To taste
  • Black Pepper To taste
  • 100 g Mozzarella Cheese Grated

For the béchamel sauce:

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4.
  • Heat some olive oil in a large pan over medium heat, then add the onions and garlic. Cook until the vegetables become soft.
  • Add the chopped chicken to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes or until browned all over.
  • Stir in the chopped tomatoes, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Add the tomato paste and mix everything together. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, make the béchamel sauce. Melt some butter in a saucepan over low heat, then add the flour. Stir continuously until the mixture becomes smooth. Gradually pour in the milk while stirring continuously until the sauce becomes thick and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Take a deep baking dish and spread half of the chicken mixture on the bottom. Cover the mixture with a layer of no-cook lasagne sheets, then pour a layer of béchamel sauce on top of the chicken.
  • Repeat with another layer of lasagne sheets and the remaining chicken mixture, then add one final layer of lasagne sheets and top with the remaining béchamel sauce.
  • Sprinkle some grated mozzarella cheese on top of the lasagne.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
  • Let the lasagne cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.

Nutrition

Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 24gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 1142mgPotassium: 693mgFibre: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 657IUVitamin C: 9mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 256mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken, Comfort Food, Cooking, Dinner, Food, Meat, Pasta, Recipe
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