So, if you would like to, come join me in the kitchen as I make Chicken Spinach Lasagna Casserole.
Here is everything that you will need to make this yummy dish.
Just a note before I begin: I baked some chicken breasts and cut them up prior to starting this recipe, but like I said, if you used leftover chicken it would be really simple. I also boiled the lasagna noodles prior to the assembly phase, but I did not want to bore you with pictures of that....Plus, I sort of forgot to take pictures of that part. ;)
The first thing that I did was dump one cup of shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese into this big mixing bowl.
Then I dumped one cup of shredded Mild Cheddar cheese into the bowl. (You can use whatever kind of cheese you like; just make sure you use two cups.)
Now Tina and Shelly, if you are reading this, just close your eyes for this next part. I chopped up one third of a cup of onion to dump in the bowl. (*sniff*sniff*)
Now it's time to add a dash
In Crazyville we like a lot of black pepper, so I added just the right amount for us, but feel free to add the amount of pepper that would be right for you and your family.
Next on the list was one tablespoon of cornstarch. I don't know what the cornstarch is for, but I am a rule follower, so I added it.
Then I threw in one tablespoon of soy sauce. Like so.
The recipe called for one cup of sour cream. I had the fat free kind on hand, so I used that, and it worked beautifully.
Then it said to add one third a cup of mayonnaise. All I had was Miracle Whip, but it worked very well also.
Next up on the ingredient list was one can of Cream of Mushroom soup, so I dumped the whole can into the bowl. Like so.
This is the hardest part of the entire recipe. You have to add 10 ounces of frozen spinach that has been thawed and drained. Just make sure to get all of the water out of it that is humanly possible. I'm just saying.
Once you have successfully done that, just throw it into the bowl. So to speak.
The last ingredient that I added to the mix was two cups of cut up (or shredded) chicken breast.
Now it was time to mix it all together. Like so.
After all of the mixing nonsense was over, I lightly sprayed my 9x13 baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray.
Then I laid my first layer of lasagna noodles in the pan....I used about 5 noodles...(You just want them to cover the bottom of the pan.)
Next, I put half of the chicken spinach mixture on top of the noodles......
And spread it evenly all over the noodles....Like so.
Then I added the second layer of noodles.
Followed by the remainder of the chicken spinach mixture.
And I spread it evenly all over and made it look like this.
Now comes the topping, which Shannon said was the best part of the dish.
I dumped one cup of Grated Parmesan cheese on top of the casserole.
And spread it all over until it completely covered the dish.
Last, but certainly not least, I added one cup of chopped pecans.
Then spread them out until the whole casserole was covered with them as well.
After everything was all put together, I popped all of this yummy smelling chicken goodness into the oven, which had been preheated to 350 degrees, and I let it bake uncovered for one hour.
When I pulled it out of the oven, it looked just like this.
All you have left to do at this point is to serve it up in your beautiful dishes (or paper plates, if you prefer).
Take a bite.
Close your eyes.
Shannon loved this dish so much, that after dinner, he took me for a dip.;)
(Just a little note: I recently made this dish a second time, but instead of using lasagna noodles and layering the recipe, I mixed all of the ingredients together with small shell shaped pasta. It was a little easier, and over all, we liked the texture even better.)
When I mixed everything together, it looked like this.
And this is what it looked like served up in my dishes. (It was easier to cut out of the pan than the lasagna noodles were.)
You can, of course, make it either of the two ways, and it will still be delicious; I just thought you might like knowing of another way to put this dish together.