Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
1 Hour
Total Time
1 Hour 45 Mins
Yield
Serves 12

Chicken thighs poach until tender in stock, which becomes the base for a creamy béchamel sauce. No-boil noodles absorb more liquid during baking for a sturdy slice after freezing and reheating.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring stock to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chicken; reduce heat, and simmer 18 to 20 minutes or until ­chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan; reserve stock. When cool enough to handle, shred with 2 forks.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, thyme, pepper, and mushrooms; sauté 8 minutes. Stir in spinach, 1 package at a time, cooking 2 minutes after each addition or until spinach wilts before adding more. Remove pan from heat; stir in chicken.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 4

Coat 2 (8-inch) square baking dishes with cooking spray. Combine milk, flour, and nutmeg, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Bring reserved stock to a boil over medium-high heat. Gradually add milk mixture to stock mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Cook 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat; stir in Parmigiano-Reggiano. Pour 1/2 cup sauce into bottom of each baking dish. Top each with 2 noodles, 1 1/2 cups chicken mixture, 3/4 cup sauce, and 1/4 cup mozzarella, making sure noodles are covered with sauce. Repeat layers once with noodles, chicken mixture, and sauce. Top dishes evenly with remaining 4 noodles, remaining 1/2 cup sauce, and remaining 3/4 cup mozzarella.

Step 5

Cover dishes tightly with foil coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake at 375° for 10 to 15 minutes or until browned and bubbly, or follow freezing instructions. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Step 6

How-to Freeze: Cool pan completely. Cover with foil; freeze up to 2 months. Thaw: In metal pan: Thaw overnight in ­refrigerator. In glass or ceramic: Uncover and microwave at HIGH 15 minutes or until thawed. Reheat: Cover; bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

margbay
October 26, 2016
An 8 x 8 pan serves 6 people; the recipe makes TWO 8 x 8 pans of lasagna.

DorisBowen
February 08, 2017
I think it is 6 serving per 8x8 not 12 for one......

karenfar
May 08, 2016
One question if I may ask. The recipe looks delicious but I can't figure out what "trimmed" means, referring to the chicken. Do I cut it in small pieces? Thank you!

Amazing!

David
January 31, 2017
This was delicious! I did add some chix broth right before I put it in the oven as we prefer saucy over sturdy and used a regular 9x12 aluminum pan...didn't have anything to freeze but we got about 10 servings out of it. Definitely making it again! 

Cook Once, Eat Twice

TownCrierBev
October 20, 2016
Loved the idea of having a second dish in the freezer.  I took the metal dish out of the freezer the night before and it wasn't quite thawed 24 hours later.  I did find the dish took about 45 minutes to bake and "bubble" rather than the 25 minutes.   This is definitely on our list to make again. 

Very Nice Change

desmith
September 01, 2016
Very Good. Having the second one in the freezer for anytime is nice for the new empty nesters!

Great recipe with a tip~

Janice
August 14, 2016
I've made this recipe several times and finally figured out to cover the chicken while it boils, otherwise you will not have enough liquid to make enough sauce for two dishes. This is a delicious recipe. Kids and hubby love it too! 

Delicious and filling!

melgkc
August 05, 2016
This was delicious and a very reasonable calorie count when I used skim milk and chicken breast instead of Thighs and 2% milk. I called it 4 servings at 395 each.

Delicious

trogers8324
March 23, 2016
Ohh my. This recipe has no flaws. Delicious

Wonderful

gela
February 13, 2016
I made one for my family, gave the second to my parents.  We all loved it!!