Friday, 7 November 2014

Chicken Lasagna

Lasagna is one of those dishes that everyone loves. I find it can also be one of those dishes that people tend to assume takes so much time and so much effort - it's really not like that at all!

This PicNic-style lasagna uses ground chicken (or turkey!) as an alternative to beef.

This is another one of those dishes that I have made and {unsuccessfully} photographed about 100 times by now. It's just so delicious but just so darn hard to make it look good! We got there in the end..

Chicken Lasagna

Serves 4 - 6

600 g (1.3 lb) ground chicken
1 onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
1 carrot, grated
1 cup spinach, chopped
1 650 g (23 oz) jar passata
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp basil, chopped
1 Tbsp oregano, chopped
1 Packet fresh lasagna sheets
salt and pepper to taste

Cheese Sauce

50 g (1.8 oz) butter
1/3 Cup flour
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp salt
3 cups skim milk
1 cup grated cheese (e.g. Edam, Cheddar, Noble)

1. Preheat oven to 200C (400F). Heat a dash of oil in a large fry pan or saucepan over a medium-high heat.

2. Fry the chicken until browned, Remove from the pan and set aside. Return the pan to the heat and fry the onion and garlic for 3 minutes, add the mushrooms and cook for a further 2 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan and add the carrot, spinach, passata, Worcestershire sauce, basil, and oregano. Bring to a simmer and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the mixture has thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Make the cheese sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan, whisking in the flour, and gradually whisking in the milk, whisking well to ensure a lump free sauce. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sauce is thick, but not boiling. Remove from the heat and mix in the nutmeg and cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Place a lasagna sheet into the base of an oven proof dish. Spread 1/2 of the meat mixture over the top and a thin layer of cheese sauce. Add another layer of lasagna on top and the other half of of the meat. Top with a lasagna sheet and pour the cheese sauce over the top. Sprinkle over some extra cheese.

5. Place in the preheated oven and cook for about 20 minutes - until the pasta is cooked and the top is golden.


  1. What a great looking lasagna, it's perfect pasta comfort food.

  2. Your lasagna looks absolutely delicious. What a great dish that everyone will love.

  3. This looks delish, so thick and rich, but more healthy!

  4. This looks super yummy! A total family favorite! Thanks so much for sharing this healthier recipe.

  5. Nicole, your lasagna is stunning! I love that you used fresh pasta sheets. I know my family will love it and I hope to make it for them next time we are all together!

  6. I know exactly what you're saying about those dishes that you love but just can't get good photos - you got this one! I'm curious - what is passata? That's not an ingredient I recognize.

    1. Hi Erica! Passata is like a tomato puree. Kind of like tinned tomatoes but completely smooth :)

  7. That is one fabulous looking lasagna. Very impressed by the layers. And the recipe looks good too!

  8. Wow this looks delicious and lasagna is a favorite, bonus that it's made with chicken since I don't eat beef.

  9. I love lasagna although I don't make them often enough because are a little messy! These look and must taste great!

  10. G'day! This looks delish Nic and wish I could try it now!
    Cheers! Joanne

  11. Nicole! This is one fantastic looking lasagna! I love the chicken in it!

  12. Mmm lasagna is one of my favorites! Surprisingly I've never had chicken lasagna so I definitely need to make this soon!

  13. I love that the noodles don't look like they are falling apart...I'd say you had a major photography success here!

  14. I have never seen a more perfect slice of lasagna in my life! Fantastic.

  15. This looks really yummy, and your photography is beautiful!

  16. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your fabulous recipe this week at Foodie Fridays.Hope to see you again tonight!