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Chicken Lasagna Recipe (VIDEO)

This white sauce Chicken Lasagna is so satisfying with layers of lasagna noodles and tender chicken in a creamy spinach sauce. Just like our Classic Lasagna, this white lasagna reheats really well, making it perfect for meal planning. Make it and you will get recipe requests.

Chicken lasagna slice on a plate

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Chicken Lasagna Recipe Video Tutorial:

Learn how to make the best cheesy, saucy Chicken Lasagna! You can cook fresh chicken for this casserole but it’s also a great way to use up leftover chicken (or even leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!).

P.S. If you love creative leftover chicken recipes, don’t miss our juicy Chicken Patties, the easiest Chicken Noodle Soup, and of course Chicken Fried Rice.

Ingredients for White Sauce Chicken Lasagna:

There are 4 main components to a creamy white chicken lasagna: lasagna noodles, a simple bechamel spinach sauce, and a ricotta cheese sauce. Don’t forget the chicken! You can cook your own Instant Pot Chicken or use a store-bought Rotisserie Chicken.

Pro Tip: We always cook an extra couple of noodles in case any of our lasagna noodles break while cooking.

Ingredients for white sauce chicken lasagna

Can I Use Canned Chicken?

We love canned chicken recipes like our easy Chicken Melts and Buffalo Chicken Dip since we always have it on hand in our pantry. Using canned chicken will work for chicken lasagna, just be sure it is well-drained.

lasagna casserole with slice removed

How to Assemble Creamy Chicken Lasagna:

The process of assembling a chicken lasagna is simple. We found it’s easiest to spread the thicker ricotta sauce over the noodles and ladling the spinach sauce ensures the chicken layer is moist and juicy. For best results, follow this order.

  1. Spread 1/2 cup spinach sauce on the bottom of a 9×13 casserole
  2. Add 3 noodles, 1/2 ricotta sauce, 1/2 shredded chicken, 1/3 of spinach sauce
  3. Add 3 noodles, 1/2 ricotta cheese, 1/2 shredded chicken, and 1/3 spinach sauce
  4. Remaining 3 noodles, remaining 1/3 sauce, and sprinkle on reserved 1 cup cheese.

Assembling lasagna step by step photos

Tips for Reheating Chicken Lasagna:

This white sauce lasagna reheats really well and leftovers are just as enjoyable as freshly baked lasagna. Here are some tips for reheating so the lasagna doesn’t dry out.

  • Add Water – Since noodles will naturally soak up some liquid in the lasagna as it sits, it helps to sprinkle on a little bit of water before reheating in the oven or the microwave.
  • Visual Cues – Heat until the edges bubble and the cheese is fully melted on top.
  • 165˚ F Center – You should reach a safe internal temperature of 165˚F on an instant-read thermometer.

Baked Chicken lasagna slice on spatula

How Long Can Leftover Lasagna be Stored?

Chicken lasagna will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator if you were using freshly cooked chicken. You can also wrap tightly in several layers of plastic wrap and freeze up to 3 months.

White Chicken Lasagna Casserole with slice removed

This lasagna is a meal in itself. All you need is a simple salad to go with it like our Classic Caesar Salad or fresh Beet Salad with Arugula.

Our Best Lasagna Recipes:

If you love lasagna as much as we do, these recipes are a must try and you’re sure to find some new favorites:

Chicken Lasagna Recipe

5 from 20 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Chicken lasagna slice on a plate
This white sauce Chicken Lasagna is so satisfying with layers of lasagna noodles and tender chicken in a creamy spinach sauce.
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $16-$20
Keyword: chicken lasagna, white sauce lasagna
Cuisine: American, Italian
Course: Main Course
Calories: 337 kcal
Servings: 12 people

Ingredients

Chicken Lasagna Ingredients:

  • 9 lasagna noodles cooked al dente
  • 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or cooked from 2 lbs chicken breast

Spinach Cream Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half (or equal parts of heavy cream and milk)
  • 5 oz fresh spinach coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves minced

Ricotta Cheese Sauce:

  • 15 oz ricotta
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese 12 oz by weight, divided (reserve 1 cup for topping)

Instructions

Cook Noodles & Prep:

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente according to package instructions then drain hot water and add cold water to the pot to stop the cooking process and prevent noodles from sticking together. Shred 4 cups of chicken.

Make the Belachamel (Spinach Sauce):

  1. Place a pot or large saucepan over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and saute onions for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Add 4 Tbsp butter and whisk in 1/3 cup flour. Continue whisking 3 minutes or until flour mixture is golden.

  2. Add 2 1/2 cups chicken broth, 1 1/2 cups half and half, 2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Whisk until smooth and simmer 5 minutes until thickened to a light gravy consistency.
  3. Add minced garlic and chopped spinach, and stir to combine then remove from heat.

Make the Ricotta Cheese Sauce:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together: ricotta, egg, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan, and 1/4 cup parsley.

To Assemble Chicken Lasagna:

  1. Add a little bechamel sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish, add 3 noodles, Add 1/2 ricotta sauce, 1/2 shredded chicken then ladle 1/3 of spinach sauce over the chicken.
  2. Add 3 noodles, 1/2 ricotta cheese, 1/2 shredded chicken, and 1/3 spinach sauce
  3. Add 3 noodles, remaining 1/3 sauce, and sprinkle on reserved 1 cup cheese.

  4. Cover and Bake: Arrange 10-12 toothpicks over the top to keep the foil from touching the cheese then cover with a large sheet of foil. Bake on the center rack in a preheated oven at 375˚F for 45 minutes then uncover and broil 2-3 minutes to brown the cheese. Rest at least 10 minutes uncovered before slicing.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Lasagna Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 337 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 670mg29%
Potassium 287mg8%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1768IU35%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 377mg38%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • JoAnn
    September 23, 2020

    I made this yesterday. It came out great. My husband and I loved it. I did sauté sliced mushrooms and chopped onions and added them to the sauce.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 23, 2020

      Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing that with us, JoAnn. I’m so glad you enjoyed our Chicken Lasagna!

      Reply

  • Anna S.
    September 22, 2020

    Hi Natasha! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!
    My mom and I made this lasagna today and our whole family loved it. The combination of chicken and melted cheese is just a m a z i n g … The sauce is very tasty and the spinach adds refreshing flavor. I have made both the regular lasagna on your website and the cheese/chicken lasagna. This one is my favorite!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 22, 2020

      I’m so glad you found a favorite on our blog, Anna! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful review with me!

      Reply

  • Russ Berg
    September 22, 2020

    I have to watch the amount of spinach I consume. Can I substitute all or part of the spinach with something else?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 22, 2020

      Hi Russ, I haven’t tried a substitution but you are welcome to leave some of it out. If you experiment I would love to know how you like that.

      Reply

  • Cha
    September 21, 2020

    The best lasagna ever. My family love it. Highly recommended.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 22, 2020

      Yay so awesome! Thank you so much for your excellent review, Cha.

      Reply

  • Christina Tomashosky
    September 21, 2020

    I just made this dish for supper!!! Yum! I made it gluten and dairy free and you’d never know, flavors were so delicious. Was a huge hit! Thanks

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 22, 2020

      Hello Christina, so good to know that you were able to make a gluten-free version of this recipe. Thanks for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Maria
    September 21, 2020

    Hey Natasha! Once again, thank you for a great recipe! Made the lasagna today and my husband and family loved it! I added fresh mushrooms along with the onion to sauté, and then sprinkled fresh chopped (well drained) tomatoes in between the layers as well. Was very delicious! Adding this recipe to the favorites list!

    (By the way, have you guys considered creating a Natasha’s Kitchen app? I visit your website so often, I just thought how neat it would be to have an easy access app vs going to the web each time. Just food for thought! 😉)

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 22, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Maria. I am so glad to know that everyone loved this chicken lasagna. I don’t have plants yet of having an app but maybe in the future!

      Reply

  • Yuliana
    September 20, 2020

    Followed the recipe with slight modifications and it turned out great. Thank you 😊

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 20, 2020

      I’m so glad you loved it! Thanks Yuliana.

      Reply

  • Deatrice
    September 20, 2020

    Turned out great! Wish I could share my picture here. My son (12) loved it!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 20, 2020

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Deatrice. You can post photos of your cooking creations on our Facebook page or group. Keep up the good work!

      Reply

  • Kim
    September 19, 2020

    This was delicious as Chicken Lasagna Rollups. I used 12 lasagna noodles and the amount of filling was perfect to make 12 fat rollups. I baked 2 lb. chicken breasts the day before (3 large halves). The Spinach Béchamel Sauce is awesome. I reserved 1 cup of the béchamel to spread on top before stirring chopped spinach into the remainder. It was delicious and I’ll make again for sure, probably cutting the recipe in half and using leftover rotisserie chicken.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 19, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Lan
    September 18, 2020

    Family loved it!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 18, 2020

      That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Natasha's #1 Canadian fan
    September 17, 2020

    Hi Natasha,
    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Can you shred the chicken in a food processor?

    Thanks,
    George

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 17, 2020

      Hi George, you can use a food processor to shred meat. However, when using a food processor, you need to watch and make sure that you do not over shred the meat.

      Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 17, 2020

      Hi George, I haven’t tested that but it may work! I would recommend making sure you don’t over-process it and make it mush.

      Reply

  • Laura
    September 15, 2020

    I made this on Sunday. Had leftovers tonight and will freeze the rest since it’s just the 2 of us. But hubby couldn’t stop raving about it. It was a big hit!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 15, 2020

      THat’s so great Laura! Thank you for sharing that awesome review!

      Reply

  • Laura Shomar
    September 14, 2020

    Hi Natasha can you freeze this if you use the rotisserie chicken please? Thanks

    p.s thanks for being so amazing!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 14, 2020

      Hi Laura, yes, you can assemble it a day ahead and cook the following day, just be sure not to overcook the noodles.

      Reply

  • Tammy
    September 14, 2020

    I added saute mushrooms and chopped cooked bacon when I added the spinach. Also the store was out of rotisserie chicken so I seasoned some chicken thighs and baked them then used that as my chicken. I think had the rotisserie been available then it would have had more flavor. The toothpick tip really helped with the cheese. Thanks for that tip.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 14, 2020

      You’re welcome, Tammy. I am so glad that you were able to make this recipe work using your ingredients available on-hand. Great job!

      Reply

  • ANNA NAUMOVA
    September 14, 2020

    can you please post the clear bowls that you put spinach and garlic in, cant find them anywhere

    Reply

  • Jacque Graves
    September 14, 2020

    If I freeze it to bake later, would I just let it defrost in the refrigerator for a day or two before baking? Approximately how long would it need to bake then?

    I love your recipes and videos!!! You are sooo funny!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 14, 2020

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes! I would bake it straight from frozen. You can thaw it also but you will need to adjust your bake time for each.

      Reply

  • Sherry Davidson
    September 14, 2020

    Can this be made with zucchini instead of lasagna noodles?

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    • Natasha
      September 14, 2020

      Hi Sherry, I think that would be a tasty experiment! If you try that out, please let me know how it goes.

      Reply

  • Vernice Tirona
    September 14, 2020

    I’ve tried some of your recipes, my husband and son love it so much.. Thanks Natasha for sharing it to us, I’m the best mom for them because of your yummy food..

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 14, 2020

      You’re welcome, Vernice! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes!

      Reply

  • Pam
    September 13, 2020

    Made this today – delicious! My entire family enjoyed this different take on lasagna. Will definitely make again. Thanks, Natasha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 14, 2020

      I’m so happy to know that you and your family enjoyed our new version of lasagna. Thanks for your awesome feedback, Pam!

      Reply

  • Joni
    September 13, 2020

    Can you use frozen spinach squeezed dry instead of fresh spinach?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 14, 2020

      We love using fresh spinach but I imagine that should work too.

      Reply

  • Teresa Powers
    September 13, 2020

    I made this wonderful chicken lasagna tonight for dinner. It was absolutely delicious.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 14, 2020

      So glad you loved it, Teresa!

      Reply

  • Sheri
    September 13, 2020

    So my husband is just a little fussy and won’t eat spinach, but I have been able to substitute basil (which he will eat) in some recipes. Could I swap in fresh basil that is so plentiful this time of year and skip the spinach?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 14, 2020

      Hi Sheri, I haven’t tried that yet to advise. You can also try kale if he likes that.

      Reply

  • Jessica
    September 13, 2020

    Can you make this without adding the onion?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 13, 2020

      Hi Jessica, we love this recipe with onion but it’s your personal preference. You may omit it from this recipe if you like.

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    • Debra Steeb
      September 22, 2020

      Can’t wait to try this, Natasha! It looks delicious. I have another helpful hint for keeping the cheese from sticking to the foil. Lightly spray the foil with cooking spray before you cover the pan. Works every time!

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        September 22, 2020

        That is a genius idea! Thank you so much for sharing that with me Debra!

        Reply

  • Ron
    September 13, 2020

    Natasha,
    Made it and love it, great recipe.

    Ron

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 13, 2020

      Thanks for your good comments and feedback, Ron!

      Reply

  • Jenn
    September 13, 2020

    Hi there!

    I love all of your recipes and videos. I was just wondering, is it really necessary to cook the lasagna noodles beforehand? Whenever I make my normal lasagna I just put the noodles in without cooking them.

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    • Natasha
      September 14, 2020

      Hi Jenn, I wonder if you are using the no boil noodles? I have always cooked regular lasagna noodles.

      Reply

  • Kim
    September 12, 2020

    This is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever made. I added some mushrooms and poached the chicken, using the cooking liquids as the broth in the béchamel sauce.

    Natasha, all of my best recipes come from your blog. I wonder if it’s you or the extra four table spoons of butter in all of your recipes! Thank you for sharing.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2020

      Thank you for sharing that wonderful feedback, Kim! I’m so happy you’re enjoying our recipes!

      Reply

  • Joni
    September 12, 2020

    Can you use frozen chopped spinach squeezed dry?

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  • Mayra A Vidal
    September 12, 2020

    Simple and really delicious. My kids love lasagna and this one is fast and not laborious at all. Where did you get this beautiful white casserole dish?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 13, 2020

      Thank you so much for your great comments and feedback, Mayra. I used this 13×9 White Casserole Dish

      Reply

  • Amber
    September 12, 2020

    This looks amazing! You mention in the video that you could add broccoli, carrots, zucchini, etc. How thick would your recommend chopping them and would you add them in to the bechamel sauce or at another time? Thanks!

    Reply

  • Laura
    September 12, 2020

    You might want to check a scam on Facebook. It shows you commenting that a person has won $10,000. I am trying this recipe today. Love your personality and recipes.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 13, 2020

      Thank you for the heads up, Laura. We’re always on the lookout for those fake pages so thanks for letting us know! I would also recommend reporting these scam pages on Facebook when you see them so they can get disabled right away.

      Reply

  • NATA K
    September 12, 2020

    So easy and so delicious family loved it, even my one year old ate it for sure going to be making it more often

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2020

      THat’s just awesome! It’s especially great when the kids love it too!

      Reply

  • Alan
    September 12, 2020

    Oh man this is def happening next weekend! And the recipe seems so flexible- the first go ‘round I’m sticking to your recipe, but I’m already dreaming of the second and third ones adding Carrots and other veggies, and maybe subbing sausage in for chicken! Thanks for inspiring me!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Alan!

      Reply

  • Lynne
    September 11, 2020

    This looks absolutely yummy! How easy would it be to turn this from lasagna in a pan to lasagna roll ups? Also, I would love to make this lasagne for a friend, but she has a gluten allergy and I wondered how I could make this dish gluten free. Thank you so much for the many recipes that you have posted – I’ve tried quite a few of them and absolutely love them!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2020

      Hi Lynne, I have not tried this as roll-ups specifically but yu can user our Lasagna Roll-Ups recipe as a guide. I haven’t tried gluten-free pasta for this to advise. If you experiment I would love to know how you like that!

      Reply

  • Sue
    September 11, 2020

    Looks so good, making it as soon as I can get the ingredients.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2020

      I hope you love this recipe Sue! We look forward to your feedback!

      Reply

  • Kathy
    September 11, 2020

    Can this be made a day ahead and cooked the next day? Or can it be frozen and then baked?

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    • Natasha
      September 12, 2020

      Hi Kathy, you can assemble it a day ahead and cook the following day, just be sure not to overcook the noodles.

      Reply

  • Fred Jerina
    September 11, 2020

    Can I substitute oven ready lasagna noodles for this recipe? If so, do I need to add more liquid?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2020

      Hi Fred, I haven’t tested that to advise. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • Nemia Verame
    September 11, 2020

    What can I substitute for ricotta cheese because sometimes it’s hard to find it in grocery store. Thx. I love u’re recipies.

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    • Natasha
      September 12, 2020

      Hi, I always make this with ricotta but the next best thing might be small curd cottage cheese.

      Reply

  • Phyllis
    September 11, 2020

    Looks wonderful! Want to make this today, but I only have cottage cheese, not ricotta. What adjustment can I make to use cottage cheese? More parm or egg?

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    • Natasha
      September 12, 2020

      Hi Phyllis, a small curd cottage cheese should work well. I would keep the rest of the ingredients the same.

      Reply

  • Wendy Hamilton
    September 11, 2020

    Hi Natasha, I truly enjoy your videos. I just watched your creamy chicken lasagna blog and my stomach wouldnt stop growling, my guestion is can you sub the flour and use gluten free noodles, I would love to make this for my son and grandson but my son is celiac, and his reaction gets worse with each exposure to wheat. Could you please suggest substitutions?

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    • Natasha
      September 12, 2020

      Hi Wendy, this should work fine with gluten-free lasagna noodles. They tend to get softer from my experience so make sure not to overcook the noodles initially.

      Reply

  • Barbie
    September 11, 2020

    Can you use no boil lasagna noodles? I’m not sure I have a pot wide enough to boil the noodles in.

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    • Natasha
      September 12, 2020

      Hi, I haven’t tested those but it should work. Please let me know how it goes if you test that out.

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      • Kim
        September 12, 2020

        I made it with oven ready lasagne noodles without any modifications and it worked very well! Just make sure to cover every noodle with sauce and try to avoid overlapping them too much.

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          September 13, 2020

          So great to hear that, Kim. Thanks for sharing that with us!

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      • William Daly
        September 18, 2020

        I used no boil noodles worked just as good as regular boiled noodles

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        • Natasha
          September 18, 2020

          Thank you so much for sharing that with us. Great to know this works just as well with the no-boil noodles.

          Reply

  • Cheryl
    September 11, 2020

    Can you assemble all ingredients & freeze? Thaw & then cook?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 13, 2020

      Hi Cheryl, you can assemble it a day ahead and cook the following day, just be sure not to overcook the noodles.

      Reply

  • Stephanie
    September 11, 2020

    I’ve always been intimidated to try a homemade lasagna but this one looked too good not to try. It was so much easier than I expected and the taste was incredible. Excellent recipe!

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    • Natasha
      September 11, 2020

      It really is so simple and lighter than expected since we use a light cream sauce and thicken with flour. I’m so happy you loved this chicken lasagna.

      Reply

  • Jen
    September 11, 2020

    This is a total Mom win dish! My kids love it and I’m happy knowing they’re eating spinach without having to nag one bit.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 11, 2020

      That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Maryam
    September 11, 2020

    WOW! That really looks yummy will sure try….NICE WORK NATASHA…and thankyou for sharing that with us

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    • Natasha
      September 11, 2020

      Thank you so much Maryam for the nice compliment. I hope it becomes a new favorite lasagna for you!

      Reply

      • Maryam
        September 12, 2020

        you’re welcome!

        Reply

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