Chicken Lasagna

Chicken Lasagna

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I've been wanting to post a lasagna recipe for quite some time. Couldn't decide which one should I choose first, the classic with beef, a vegetarian or this one with chicken. I finally decided on this chicken lasagna as it is lighter, and kids seem to love it. Beef lovers, can always replace chicken with beef in this recipe and get a classic beef lasagna.  For a vegetarian lasagna you can replace chicken with mushrooms and you get a delicious hearty meal as well.


I was really excited about how this chicken lasagna turned out. I was afraid it won't look as good as a classic lasagna, or that the chicken would be too dry, but actually it turned just perfect. The lasagna had the perfect texture and taste. It was not too dry, not too soggy either, I could lift it from the dish perfectly from the first slice.


This chicken lasagna tastes incredible good. The sauce is really delicious and very flavorful, I really love using wine in this sauce, it gives a wonderful flavor and I was pretty generous with it :) . The Parmesan on top of Lasagna is my favorite part. It gets such a wonderful taste and color while baking and complements so good this lasagna. I didn't use cheese between layers or additional Mozzarella cheese like others do as I didn't want to overwhelm the recipe with too much cheese. The Parmesan on top was enough to bring it's unique flavor.

 

To make things easier, you can make the chicken sauce a day before, refrigerate and before assembling the lasagna simply warm it a bit. All you have to do the next day is to make the Bechamel Sauce and lasagna is ready to be assembled. Hope you will give this recipe a try, I am sure you will love it too:)


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Ingredients
  • Makes about 9-12 servings
  • 9-12 lasagna noodles
  • Chicken Sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 1 pound (500g) ground chicken
  • 28 oz (800g) tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup (50g) tomato paste
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves, chopped (or 1 tsp dry basil)
  • 3/4 cup (200 ml) white wine
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Bechamel sauce
  • 1/2 stick (60 g) butter
  • 1/3 cup (40 g) flour
  • 2 1/4 cup (560 ml) milk
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Topping
  • 1 cup (100g), Parmesan, freshly grated
Directions
  1. Prepare chicken sauce. In a large pan heat oil over medium high heat. Cook the onion,garlic,  carrot and celery over medium heat until softened, stirring constantly. 
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  2. Add the chicken and cook until it changes its color. Break up any lumps of meat using a fork.
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  3. Add tomato paste, tomato puree, wine, sugar, oregano, basil, salt and pepper to taste. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 1 1/2 hrs. Set aside. You can also make the sauce a day before, and refrigerate after it cools. Before assembling the lasagna, warm the sauce as it needs to be a bit warm.
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  4. Prepare the Bechamel sauce. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the flour and stir until smooth, for about 1 minute, until bubbling. Remove from heat and gradually stir in milk, until mixture is smooth. 
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  5. Return to heat and stir constantly until the sauce boils and begin to thicken.  Add nutmeg, salt and pepper and set aside until ready to use. Give it a stir from time to time so it doesn't make a skin on the surface.
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  6. Preheat oven to 350 F (180C). Grease a 8 X 12 inch (20x30cm)lasagna dish with olive oil or melted butter ( 9x13 inch dish works as well). I used Barilla noodles who didn't required precooking. If your noodles require precooking follow the instructions from the manufacturer and drain well before use.
  7. Assemble the lasagna. Spread a layer of chicken sauce (about 1/3 of the sauce) over the bottom of the baking dish. Spread a thin layer of Bechamel (about 1/2 cup of Bechamel sauce). Place a single layer of noodles over top and press gently. Depending on noodles size might be used 3 to 4 noodles per layer. Repeat spreading half of the remained chicken sauce over the noodles. Spread 1/2 cup Bechamel sauce on top. Add a new layer of noodles, pressing gently. Spread the remained chicken sauce, another 1/2 cup Bechamel and add the last layer of noodles
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  8. Top the last layer of noodles with the remaining Bechamel sauce and sprinkle the freshly grated Parmesan over the top. Cover with aluminum foil making sure it doesn't touch the surface.
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  9. Cook for about 25 minutes covered with foil, and another 25 minutes without. If necessary, broil for few minutes until the cheese has the desired golden brown look.
  10. Set aside for about 15 minutes before serving. Serve alongside some fresh salad, or even some toasted bread. It is delicious.
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Nutrition facts 1 Serving - Calories:414, Fat:16.1g, Saturated Fat:7.2g, Unsaturated Fat: 0.0g, Carbohydrates:49.6g, Sugar:2.9g, Fiber:3.3g, Protein:22.8g, Cholesterol:60mg, Calories from Fat 145, Sodium 1220mg, Potassium 231mg, Vitamin A 89%, Vitamin C 115%, Calcium 21%, Iron 17%, Nutrition Grade C-, daily percent values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
On March 12, 2015 at 02:15 pm, ritu ahuja said...
It looks amazing. Delicious lasagna. Lovely clicks and awesome presentation. :)
On March 12, 2015 at 09:10 pm, Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen said...
Lasagna is one of my favorite comfort foods. Yours looks absolutely perfect! Love that you used chicken.
On March 13, 2015 at 07:29 am, Liz said...
My family would love this fabulous chicken version, too! It sliced so perfectly!!!
On March 13, 2015 at 09:17 am, marcie said...
It's so strange, but I've never made a chicken lasagna! This looks delicious, and I love that it's lighter. Definitely need to try it!
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I was surprised as well of how well it turned out.  My daughters are keep asking to make it again.

On March 14, 2015 at 04:21 am, Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen said...
Awesome looking delicious Lasagna! :D
On March 15, 2015 at 07:50 pm, Jess @ Sweet Menu said...
I adore lasagna but have never had a chicken version. It looks wonderful. Your step by step photos are so good!
On March 16, 2015 at 05:52 am, Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking said...
LOVE this idea! Chicken is my favorite and you've wrapped it up so perfectly in this lasagna! I can't wait to try it! Pinned!
On March 31, 2015 at 01:18 pm, ritu ahuja said...
Very tempting and delicious Lasagna. Your presentation is awesome. I love visiting your blog. So many awesome recipes. Love it :)
On April 02, 2015 at 12:17 pm, Matt Connell said...
Looks Great!! =) Do the nutrition facts assume 9 or 12 servings?
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12 servings

On May 03, 2015 at 10:17 am, Irene said...
It turns out very delicious! It is very good and practical recipe! Thanks for sharing! :-)
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yes.. I love it too.. so flavorful. Glad you liked it:)

On August 13, 2015 at 03:49 am, William said...
Hi, I was wanted to ask you about the Bechamel sauce. Which flour should I used to make that Bechamel sauce
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I've used all purpose flour, it works well.

On November 12, 2015 at 03:06 am, Remy said...
LOVE the recipe !!! but the BGMs in the video are also stunning! Please tell me the BGMs in the video!:-)
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Glad you like it.. The second song is called One True Love  link here: http://www.audionetwork.com/browse/m/track/one-true-love_56763?keyword=One%20True%20Love.. I will be searching for the first one and come back with a reply:)

On March 09, 2017 at 10:25 am, Lynda said...
I just made this today, it smells so good, I didn't tell my husband what is in it or how it was made, lets see if he likes it!!
On March 21, 2017 at 11:52 am, Shorouk said...
I TRIED IT, it was amazing, the sauce, the bechamel, everything, my husband loved it, it was my 1st tine to make lasagna, I checked alot of recipes, urs seemed easy and all ingradients are available and in hand, thank you so much.
On June 20, 2017 at 01:59 am, Riffat said...
Hey This look delisted, I have made the chicken souce today for an event three days leter as I have to done a lot of cooking. Should I freeze it and defrost on event day and esmable it or just put in to fridge till then . Secondly what should be electric oven temperature. Thanks
On February 18, 2018 at 12:14 pm, Navina said...
I have been looking for a chicken lasagna recipe for the past few weeks, but for some reason no recipe has satisfied my soul. I have to cook a chicken lasagna dish for school and after watching the video for this recipe I have been satisfied and has decided to go with this recipe. Thank you for this delicious recipe :-)
On March 12, 2018 at 01:10 am, street view said...
Look so delicious!!! I wish to eat all this at the first instant once I see them. Many thanks for sharing these food.
On April 12, 2018 at 10:21 pm, animal jam said...
I enjoyed cooking and experimenting with new recipes. I will try the way you suggested. It's not like I do. thank you for sharing. It will be better than what I do.
On April 27, 2018 at 09:26 am, Alefiya said...
Hello i wanted to know whether you put cooked noodles or uncooked. I was thinking of replacing lasagna noodles with normal noodles or pasta so should i boil it and then place in tray or without boiling
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Hi Alefiya.

I used Barilla noodles who didn't required precooking. If your noodles require precooking follow the instructions from the manufacturer and drain well before use.

On May 18, 2018 at 02:15 am, Slitrher io said...
I like cooking for my husband and son. but they do not eat vegetables. I hope this colorful dish will appeal to them.
On July 23, 2018 at 09:57 pm, wings io said...
It is delicious, I will follow your recipe

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