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Chicken Cheese Lasagna

This creamy pasta dish gives an old favorite a new twist! Three cheeses and chicken blended with the fresh taste of spinach make it a real crowd-pleaser. Try it served with a green salad and a light dessert. — Mary Ann Kosmas, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep:25 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken


  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour and salt until blended; cook until bubbly. Gradually stir in broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Stir in 2 cups mozzarella, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, basil, oregano and pepper; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, parsley and remaining mozzarella; set aside. Spread one-quarter of the cheese sauce into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; cover with one-third of the noodles. Layer with half of the ricotta mixture, half of the spinach and half of the chicken.
  • Cover with one-quarter of the cheese sauce and one-third of the noodles. Repeat layers of ricotta mixture, spinach, chicken and one-quarter cheese sauce. Cover with remaining noodles and cheese sauce.
  • Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350°, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 410 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 830mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Apr 14, 2018

    This was SOOOO good! I cut this in half for my husband and I and used an 8x8 pan. I also used no-boil lasagna and that worked out well! Because of the size of the noodles and the 8x8 pan, I used 6 noodles. Everything else was made exactly as written (divided in half). I do believe there was just a tad too much spinach (personal preference), so next time I will cut back on that. For the sauce, I used just a little over half a cup as the "one quarter of the cheese sauce" and made sure each noodle was completely covered by either ricotta or the sauce, so that it wouldn't dry out. I believe it took about 38 minutes in the oven for me. From beginning to end this recipe took quite a while (as I had to cook the chicken beforehand), so next time I will have cooked the chicken in advance. A great recipe that I look forward to making again!

  • 2124arizona
    May 7, 2017

    This lasagna is great. It's a perfect comfort food!

  • danielleylee
    Feb 26, 2016

    I made this with Ina Garten's leftover lemon chicken recipe from food network. I cut the recipe in half and made it in a bread pan. My husband absolutely loved this dish. He said it was his favorite lasagna. I made it with fat free skim milk, fat free ricotta. Good idea adding some greens.

  • kiraclifton
    Dec 31, 2015

    added mushrooms, and the zest of one lemon into the ricotta mixture, which balanced the heaviness of the cheese & dairy. Will make again, with fresh herbs as the only change.

  • Go9ersjrh
    Mar 3, 2013

    The sauce is bland. It either needs more seasoning or a stronger chees.

  • suomikuutsa
    Aug 23, 2012

    I am a Wisconsin girl so when something says chicken and CHEESE lasagna, it better have some awesome cheesy flavor! This does not! It has a ton of cheese that has no flavor! I would do half mozzarella half asiago or some other tasty cheese! Then I would make it again!

  • riblet
    May 27, 2012

    Excellent recipe - no tweeks needed! Have made it many times - at home and for large crowds. Always gets good reviews. Thank you!

  • nikschwid
    Oct 1, 2011

    Fabulous! My kids even ate it and they don't like spinach!

  • Crisco_7
    Apr 10, 2011

    loved this lasagna!

  • riblet
    Nov 3, 2010

    Excellent recipe. Made it exactly as written. A rare recipe where no tweaks are needed. Thank you!