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:

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Chicken Lasagna Recipe

4.98 from 735 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
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.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 12 people

Chicken Lasagna Ingredients:

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

Spinach Cream Sauce:

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:

  • 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):

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add minced garlic and chopped spinach, and stir to combine then remove from heat.

Make the Ricotta Cheese Sauce:

  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Add 3 noodles, 1/2 ricotta cheese, 1/2 shredded chicken, and 1/3 spinach sauce
  • Add 3 noodles, remaining 1/3 sauce, and sprinkle on reserved 1 cup cheese.
  • 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 Per Serving

337kcal Calories24g Carbs18g Protein19g Fat11g Saturated Fat73mg Cholesterol670mg Sodium287mg Potassium1g Fiber2g Sugar1768IU Vitamin A6mg Vitamin C377mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Lasagna Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
337
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
11
g
69
%
Cholesterol
 
73
mg
24
%
Sodium
 
670
mg
29
%
Potassium
 
287
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
24
g
8
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
18
g
36
%
Vitamin A
 
1768
IU
35
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
377
mg
38
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chicken lasagna, white sauce lasagna
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 337

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Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Judy Manarin
    March 29, 2024

    Can use freshly baked chicken or even used chicken from whole chicken I have boiled?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 29, 2024

      Yes, you sure can.

      Reply

  • Pauline
    March 24, 2024

    Can you make this a day ahead of time? If so, do you wait to bake it or bake and then reheat the next day?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 24, 2024

      This reheats great, see my note above “Tips for Reheating Chicken Lasagna.”
      Also- you can assemble this the day before and bake it fresh but it will require some additional time to bake since it will be cold. I hope you love the recipe!

      Reply

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