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Creamy Tomato-Basil Chicken Lasagna

Creamy Tomato-Basil Chicken LasagnaAs much as I love sweets and desserts, I’m a little sugar-ed out. Between Halloween and making Christmas cookies for upcoming posts, I feel like I’ve been eating way too many sweets the last few days. So, today is all about good ol’ comfort food – food like Creamy Tomato-Basil Chicken Lasagna.

Now, we all love lasagna in our house. In fact, it’s my husband’s favorite food. Since we have it fairly regularly, I try to come up with twists on classic lasagna. If you’ve ever had creamy tomato-basil soup, you know how well those flavors work together.  There’s also a healthy amount of garlic in this lasagna, but it blends in nicely. So, if you’re looking for an easy and delicious dinner, give this lasagna a try!

Creamy Tomato-Basil Chicken Lasagna
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Creamy Tomato-Basil Chicken Lasagna

Ingredients

Lasagna

  • 2 lbs . boneless chicken breasts , cooked and shredded
  • 1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese (part-skim ok)
  • 1 ½ c . fresh shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 T . dried sweet basil
  • 1 tsp . dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp . dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp . garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper , to taste
  • 1 (16 oz.) package lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 c . shredded Italian cheese blend

Creamy Tomato Sauce

  • 1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes with onions, undrained
  • 6 cloves garlic , finely minced
  • 1 tsp . dried sweet basil
  • 1/2 tsp . granulated sugar
  • Pinch baking soda
  • 3/4 c . heavy cream , half-and-half, or fat-free half-and-half
  • Salt and pepper , to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat 350 F. Lightly grease a deep 13x9-inch baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together shredded chicken, ricotta, mozzarella, egg, basil, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. To prepare the sauce, stir together crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, garlic, basil, sugar, baking soda, cream, salt, and pepper.
  4. To assemble, put a scant amount of sauce in the bottom of the baking pan.
  5. Layer in the following order: 4 lasagna noodles, one-third of the chicken filling mixture, about 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce, 1/3 cup Italian cheese blend.
  6. Repeat layers.
  7. For the top layer, place 4 remaining noodles over cheese, and then pour remaining sauce over noodles.
  8. Sprinkle 1 cup remaining Italian cheese blend over sauce.
  9. Spray a piece of aluminum foil with nonstick cooking spray, and cover pan tightly with foil (greased side down).
  10. Bake for 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
  11. Uncover, and cook for 5 additional minutes.
  12. Let the lasagna sit for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving.

 Creamy Tomato-Basil Chicken Lasagna

 

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15 Comments

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    Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life
    November 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    This sounds delicious. Thanks for your recipe.

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    Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama
    November 7, 2013 at 7:24 am

    This looks delicious, Kate! :) Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!
    Pinned!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    November 6, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I’m over from Marvelous Mondays…gosh this lasagna looks so creamy and delicious! Love this idea. :)

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    Lauren
    November 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    This looks fab!! Pinning!! Can’t wait to try it.

    Stopping by from Marvelous Mondays :)
    I’d love for you to come visit me over at http://fromgatetoplate.com when you get a chance. Look forward to seeing you there :)

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      Kate
      November 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Thanks so much!! Hope you enjoy it, and thanks for coming by! =)

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    Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas
    November 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Oh my good heck!! This sounds better than fantastic! I have to make this. Pinning it right now.

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      Kate
      November 4, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Thanks so much!! =)

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    Gloria // Simply Gloria
    November 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I am feeling the same way! I hate to have to admit that I’m way sugared out…maybe to a point. But, dishes like this is what I want to see! Then I guess we can talk dessert later! hehe!
    Loving the chicken in these meal. Pinning and sharing …bcz moms (and dads) out there need to have this on their menu list!

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      Kate
      November 4, 2013 at 9:47 am

      It just seems like I’ve been making tons of desserts lately between Christmas cookies, Halloween treats, and Thanksgiving desserts. As much as I love dessert, I’ve had to break it up some! Thanks so much for your comment, Gloria! You always leave such nice ones. =)

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    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
    November 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Oh… the sauce for this sounds delicious. Totally need to give this one a try! I have been craving pasta lately and this sounds perfect! Now to muster up the energy to make lasagna, I’m so lazy! haha. :) Pinning, thanks Kate!

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      Kate
      November 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Thanks!! Me too! I’ve been on a pasta kick lately, too. This one is pretty easy, so it doesn’t take too much energy. =)

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    Crystal @TwoChicsAndABlog
    November 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I found you on Six Sisters Strut Your Stuff party. This lasagna looks amazing! I am adding this to my menu for this next week.

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      Kate
      November 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks!! I hope you enjoy it! =)

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    Jenn
    November 1, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Oh wow, this sounds so dang good. What is the secret with the baking soda in the sauce?

    • Reply
      Kate
      November 1, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      Thanks!! Tomato sauces can be overly acidic sometimes. A pinch or two of baking soda helps to neutralize some of that acidity, and I think it also helps keep the sauce from curdling.

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