5/22/08

Weeknight Easy: Chicken Lasagna

Here's another easy recipe that pleases the man and the child. I only call it a "weeknight easy" because I make my chicken ahead of time, saving a lot of time. On Sundays, we usually have a roasted chicken, so I buy 2 and roast them at the same time. We eat one that night and I save the next one for a chicken dish such as this.




Of course you can always go buy an already made rotisserie chicken from the store, but I refuse to pay twice as much money for a smaller, chemical-tasting chicken when I can make two with good ingredients at the same price!


Chicken Lasagna

Ingredients:
1 whole chicken
12 lasagna noodles
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. ricotta cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 c. shredded fresh parmesan cheese
2 t. minced garlic
fresh cilantro


**Optional:I think this would be delicious with some spinach added in. Unfortunately Rich will not touch the stuff, so I don't add it!



Boil the noodles according to package instructions; make sure to add 2 T. oil to the pan to prevent noodles from sticking together. Rinse in cold water and set aside.

Shred the chicken from the bone:



Mix the cream soups, sour cream, ricotta, garlic, and cilantro together until well combined.


Layer in a greased baking dish:
4 noodles (spread a little sauce in the pan before adding them):




Next seal the noodles in with a layer of the sauce followed by the chicken and 1/4 of the cheese:


Repeat the layers until you have 3. On the top sprinkle the remaining cheese along with the parmesan cheese:


Bake in a 350 oven for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Do not overbake it or the noodles will be rubbery and dry and just gross!


I love making a pan of this version and a pan of regular Italian lasagna when having guests. They can have one of each!

22 comments:

Cheri said...

Yahooooo!!! Tanya's chicken Lasagna!!! I am so lucky!! I remember you posted this awhile back at pp and I made it and loved it!! Really really loved it! I was so sad when I lost the recipe. The bf and kids will be excited when I make this this weekend!Tanya you rock!

linda said...

thanks for the recipe.. I will be adding this to the menu.. I am also planning on making the pudding cookies in a few weeks for our camping trip..

Tanya said...

Awww Cheri, I'm so glad that you like my recipes :) You need to start a blog girl!

Hi Linda! Let me know what you think of both recipes...hope you love them!

Sheri said...

I like the idea of thinking ahead and still being able to make a meal with some sustenance. My usual weeknight easy is pizza! LOL!

Carrie said...

TANYA, that looks so amazing and yummy. Honestly, if there weren't pictures with it, I think I would pass because I just don't see chicken and lasagna together. Must be a mental block, LOL! However, it looks yummy and I can see how good the ingredients come together. THANK YOU! I'll be trying this one for sure.

Erin said...

That looks delicious! I've already got dinners planned for this week but I'll put it on the menu for next week.

I agree about the impact the pictures make. I'm not sure i would try it without seeing how yummy it looks!

Tanya said...

It's funny that you two mention that. I'm that way with a cookbook recipe. If it doesn't have a picture, I pass right over it.

restyled home said...

Funny...I just made my version of this last night for dinner!!! Yours looks delicious, too. I love all the recipes on your site. You give the Pioneer Woman a definite run for her money!!

Linda

Hooked on Houses said...

This looks--and sounds--delish. I'm trying it this week. Thanks, Tanya! -Julia :-)

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Ohhhh, that looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!!

Liz said...

Oh I made this tonight. I did a double recipe and gave a pan to my friend. Both of our families LOVED it. Thanks so much!!

Next time I am going to add some mushrooms and spinach. Yummmm.

Liz

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Garden Faery said...

It would also be amazing with asparagus.

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Carole Davids said...

Thankful I found your blog on Friday follow. THis recipe look syummy and something that our family might just eat without complaint!

Carole
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W David Griggs said...

OMG.......... It was great.

AWESOME keeper recipe.

Thanks soooooo much.... mmmm.

floridagatorjen said...

I stumbled across this website by accident, and I am so glad I did!

You have brought a breath of fresh air to the cooking 'rut' I was in and have brought excitement back into my kitchen!

My family will be forever grateful!!

~A Blessed Mommy~ said...

Hi! This recipe looks so delicious and I can't wait to make it! I totally agree with you and the other posters about the pics making all the difference! Anyway, I was wondering if you could use the "no boil" lasagna noodles with this recipe instead of regular lasagna noodles? What do you think?

Thanks!

Tanya said...

You know, I've never used the no-cook noodles, so I'm not positive, but I'm sure it would work. There's quite a bit of sauce to soak into the pasta. Hope you like it!

~A Blessed Mommy~ said...

Well, thanks for answering my question so quickly!! I am definitely going to try this recipe in the next week or so and I will let you know how the no boil noodles work! Thanks again!! =D

Anonymous said...

Hi, this does look wonderful. I am not a great cook so spinach and mushrooms do sound good. How much of each in a single recipe?

Thank you.

Nice Lady 1998

Anonymous said...

Hello, I made this lasagna for a potluck this week.It was very good. Everyone loved it.

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