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Mexican Chicken Lasagna Recipe

Mexican Chicken Lasagna Recipe

Valonda Seward of Hanford, California shares this lively meal that features the full flavors of Southwestern cooking with just a few everyday ingredients. For those rushed for time, leftover or rotisserie chicken work great in this delicious entree.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 3 cans (10 ounces each) enchilada sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 12 no-cook lasagna noodles
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook onion in oil over medium heat until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in chicken and enchilada sauce. Bring to a boil.
  • 2. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta cheese and cilantro.
  • 3. Spread 3/4 cup chicken mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with three noodles, 2/3 cup ricotta mixture, 3/4 cup chicken mixture and 1 cup shredded cheese. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining noodles, sauce and shredded cheese.
  • 4. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 396 calories, 22g fat (12g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 757mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein.

Reviews for Mexican Chicken Lasagna

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mamarey User ID: 1121217 221513
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"I made this using my own enchilada sauce and I also used a rotisserie chicken. I thought the flavor was good but next time will add green chilies and a little chipotle.I would like it a little more spicy"

nwbronc1 User ID: 8200587 217133
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"Very tasty , and simple to make."

MY REVIEW User ID: 193450 161540
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"I changed a couple of things:

1. I used green chili enchilada sauce in place of the regular
2. I used cottage cheese in place of the ricotta
3. I used 2 cups Mexican cheese and 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
4. I put the lasagna together in the morning and popped it into the oven when I got home from work
We LOVED it. Very tasty. The only change I would consider would be using 2 cans of sauce instead of 3."

crunia User ID: 2255202 161829
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"This is really good! I did, however, add more chicken and left out the eggs, ricotta cheese, and cilantro. I also used mozzerella cheese instead of the mexican cheese blend."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 99881
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"Poor blend of flavors. The only flavors that we experienced were the cilantro and enchilada sauce. We couldn?t taste the cheeses, chicken or even the onion."

amytime99 User ID: 1888410 161363
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"This was so good! Don't skip the fresh cilantro... it really boosts the flavor! We used southwest seasoned, cooked chicken and topped our servings with a big dollop of sour cream."

ColleenaG User ID: 1190332 161272
Reviewed May. 11, 2011

"Everyone really lilked this dish. I did not find it saucy but did bake an extra 10 minutes covered. I used shredded chicken and will use parsley in place of the cilantro next time."

Feen User ID: 1925557 93025
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"Did not like - too saucy for our tastes."

slug9000 User ID: 3827284 161539
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"I thought this was good. The sauce was a little runny, though, but overall, not a bad dish. I am a vegetarian, and therefore made this with tofu instead of chicken, which might be why I had some trouble with the sauce. I bet it would be delicious with chicken!"

parksville User ID: 1598935 161221
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2010

"A really good, tasty recipe. Made a few small changes - used 4 cups of "shredded" chicken instead of cubed, 4 cups of my own homemade enchilada sauce, not 3, used cottage cheese in place of the ricotta, 5 cups of cheese, not 4 (2-1/2 tex-mex and 2-1/2 jalapeno monterey jack, shredded), added a 4 oz can of chopped green chilies, drained and rinsed and lastly freshly minced parsley for the top. Will definitely make this again and again!"

Classicrock User ID: 656532 93905
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2009

"My husband and I loved this! I used shredded chicken, over 2 cups cottage cheese (instead of the ricotta), 1/8 cup dried parsley (instead of the cilantro), and a mozzarella/cheddar cheese blend (instead of the Mexican cheese). Yum! -Lori in WI."

vseward User ID: 992261 146701
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"Thank you all for your wonderful reviews. This is definitely a family favorite and the ease of prep can't be beat. I was fortunate enough to star in my own video series /Food Network and this is one of the dishes I chose to prepare. You can see it here:"

mom2grlys User ID: 2394516 145552
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"I make this recipe often. My whole family loves it!"

mtbike40 User ID: 3334594 115947
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2008

"I thought that this was an excellent dish and was very easy to prepare. I would add that we have a small family, and we cut this one in half and it worked perfectly. It was great having the heartiness of lasagna with the flavor of my favorite Mexican meal."

sparkyp User ID: 3367037 161303
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2008

"I thought this dish was over-powered by the cilantro. Beware! Other than that I thought this was delicious. I WILL make this again, but with white or green onion instead."

gramma38 User ID: 1601701 167357
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2008

"This is the best lasagna! I have made it at least on three different occasions and received compliments each time. It's easy and yummy.


cadamsorama User ID: 1532981 208397
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2008

"I make this same casserole, only I use corn tortillas instead of lasagna noodles. Either way it is great!"

becca5775 User ID: 2994496 93024
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2008

"I'm thinking I might try this but with ground beef.  I did not think it would ever happen but I am so tired of chicken stuff just the thought turns my stomach.  "

balloumail User ID: 1914446 167356
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2008 Edited Aug. 5, 2008

"This was awesome! The flavor is great! The only thing I will do different is either use a smaller pan or double the recipe, and use shredded chicken instead of cubed, as I like chicken in every bite. My older kids loved it.

Thanks a bunch!"

moisarah User ID: 1155009 93903
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2008

"I made it in two 8 inch pans and froze one for later use. Very yummy and different!!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.