Chicken and spinach lasagna

Darci Juris Recipe

By Darci Juris keepitinthekitchen

30 Min
1 Hr

A slightly healthier spin on lasagna - chicken and spinach. And yes, of course I make my own sauce, which I think is key. I like to put a little cream in my red sauce recipe, but this time, I tried coconut milk. It was perfect. You could taste the sweetness and a very mild hint of coconut, but it added a nice flavor to the lasagna overall.

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30 oz
canned diced tomatoes
2 small
can tomato paste
1 Tbsp
dried basil
1 Tbsp
dried oregano
1 Tbsp
dried parsley
1/2 c
coconut milk
1 tsp
onion powder or salt
1 tsp
garlic salt
1 pkg
no boil lasagna noodles
2-3 c
shredded cooked chicken
2 pkg
frozen chopped spinach, thawed
2 c
ricotta cheese
2 c
freshly grated mozzarella cheese

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large pan, add the tomatoes, paste, herbs, and coconut milk (if you don't want coconut milk, you can substitute with cream and a little sugar). Stir to combine and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, squeeze out as much liquid from the spinach as possible. Mix together the spinach, shredded chicken, the ricotta cheese and the eggs in a large bowl.
When sauce is ready, take a 13x9 baking dish and spoon some sauce on the bottom. Layer with 3 lasagna noodles. Spread the ricotta mixture atop the noodles. Top with some sauce and a little mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers, ending with sauce and mozzaerlla cheese on top layer.
Cover with tin foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove foil, bake 10 minutes more. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Pasta
Regional Style: Italian

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Barbara Oseland BOseland
Feb 6, 2012
Oh my goodness! This looks wonderful. Is it possible to use 1% milk instead of cream or the coconut milk?
Darci Juris keepitinthekitchen
Feb 6, 2012
I don't see why not.
Barbara Oseland BOseland
Feb 6, 2012
also, sorry to keep asking stupid questions... but could I use cottage cheese instead of ricotta? I think some do interchange them for certain things like lasagna, spanakopita and spinach pies..
Feb 6, 2012 - Christine Fernandez shared this recipe with discussion group: Kiss the Chef
Ed Mayfield manofpans
Feb 6, 2012
Cooked this for dinner tonight. First, was a bit confused by step one, in that you mentioned cream and sugar, neither which were in the ingredients...assume the cream was the coconut milk, not sure about the sugar. My store had no frozen spinach, so used fresh. Am still in favor of boiled lasagna over the oven ready variety. We enjoyed your dish and will have it again. Thanks for sharing.
Darci Juris keepitinthekitchen
Feb 7, 2012
I have never tried Cottage cheese, but I hear it works. Let me know.
you are right. I usually make it with cream and sugar but changed the recipe for coconut milk this time. I went ahead and fixed that in the directions. sorry for the confusion. But glad you enjoyed it however it came out for you. :)
Mar 8, 2012 - Karla Everett shared this recipe with discussion group: COCONUT LOVERS UNITE