Monday, January 7, 2013

Good Old Fashioned Comfort Food: Chicken Lasagna

This is my First post of 2013 and it is a wonderful belly warming Comfort Dish you are going to love!!!
O-M-G is it good! 
I'm Back , What a Looong Holiday season it's been!  Let's take the ride together!!!
Watch out waistlines.... Laurie's bringing back the kitchen table!! Let's do this!!!!

Our First dinner for the Year is something my Hunny described as "too good to bring to work". He said "I kept looking around for a glass of chardonnay"  This is a Fast & Easy Meal you can easily convert to a Dinner for Company or Sunday Supper! Enjoy!!

Chicken Lasagna

Ingredients:

1/2 of a Whole Rotisserie Chicken deboned and cut in strips
1 container "Philly" Cooking Creme (I used the Italian cheese and herb)
3 tblsp Sour Cream
1/4 - 12 cup Half & Half
1/2 stick Butter
1 cup chopped frozen Broccoli
1/2 cup chopped Mushrooms
1 pkg Oven Lasagna Noodles
1/2 -3/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese

This recipe couldn't be easier.  Just a note: If you don't have frozen broccoli in the house use whatever "frozen veggies" you have. Anything will work here (except maybe okra) LOL Frozen carrots, asparagus, mixture of frozen stir fry veggies, spinach would be awesome! The Mushrooms can be switched out for pearl onions.. or chopped green onions...Do what works for you! Don't make it hard....whatever you have on hand... I promise it will work! Just don't use canned veggies as they might be a bit too mushy...(maybe canned carrots or peas in a pinch) but try to avoid them if at all possible.

How to put it together::

Combine all of the "Sauce" ingredients in a sauce pan...reserving half of the butter.
Whisk everything together and bring to a simmer. Let simmer until the sauce looks cohesive and starts to thicken "a bit". It will thicken more when in the oven. Once everything looks combined taste it. Does it need salt? Does it need pepper? Maybe a bit of cayenne to give it a kick... whatever you think. I just added salt and pepper. Once you have the sauce just where you want it set aside 3/4 - 1 cup of the sauce for later.
Add the remaining butter, chicken and the veggies to the pan of sauce and stir everything to combine. Remove from heat and let stand until you are ready for it.

Pre-heat the oven to 375°

In an 8x8 pan (Square brownie pan)
Place 3 - 4 Tblsp of the sauce at the bottom of the pan.
Top with 2 lasagna noodles (lay them side by side)
Top the noodles with the "Meat & Veggies Sauce"
Try to get a good amount of sauce with the Chicken and Veggies.
Sprinkle some Parmesan Cheese over the top of the Chicken.
Top with 2 More Noodles and repeat process.
Ending with 2 Top Noodles.
Pour reserved Sauce over the top layer of Noodles.
Sprinkle remaining Parmesan Cheese.
Salt and Pepper to taste.

Cover pan with foil.
Place Pan on cookie sheet (in case of spill over)

Bake at 375° for 30 minutes.
Remove foil and bake until noodles are golden brown and crisp at the edges.
(about 15 more minutes)

Serve with crusty bread and a nice Spring Greens salad!
Oh Boy are you going to love this!!!
Enjoy!
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