We had friends coming for dinner and my dear friend Kyle was running in a race the following day so I wanted to make something healthy yet filled with carbohydrates to give her a boost for the race. I had leftover roasted chicken to use up so I decided to make a lasagna with chicken and roasted garlic. I also used the remaining Roasted Garlic and Basil Marinara I had in the freezer. It was really easy to make and very delicious. I loved the flavor of the chicken with the creamy ricotta cheese. It was a big hit with everyone.Chicken and Roasted Garlic Lasagna: Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Prepare the roasted garlic.
Place the shredded chicken, roasted garlic, diced onion, diced bell peppers, chopped basil leaves, oregano, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste on a large cutting board. Chop all the ingredients together and mix thoroughly.
- 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese (I used part skim fat)
- 1 egg
- 5-6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
- Dried Oregano, to taste
- Fresh nutmeg, grated, to taste
- 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp of Parmesan cheese (divided)
- 4 cups of marinara
- 9 whole wheat lasagna noodles, cooked per instructions
- Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Roasted Garlic and Basil Marinara
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Coat a large 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.In a large bowl, add ricotta, egg, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, fresh chopped basil, nutmeg, oregano, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Combine until mixed thoroughly. Meanwhile, cook the lasagna noodles per instructions then drain.
Layer a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with just enough sauce to cover the bottom of the pan. Lay three lasagna noodles in the pan. Spread some of the ricotta mixture on the noodles, then spoon some of the chicken mixture on top and sprinkle with a bit of mozzarella; spoon some sauce over the cheese; repeat layering. Finish with a layer of noodles and remaining sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, remaining 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of basil or oregano.
Bake covered in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Enjoy.