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Rosemary Chicken Lasagna

When my mom was here a couple months ago, we got quite ambitious with dinner one night. We started with this rosemary chicken lasagna, which I’d been wanting to make for forever, and finished with white chocolate lemon lava cakes. And despite the work, we weren’t sorry—we WERE stuffed!

rosemary chicken lasagna finished

The flavor on this lasagna was so interesting! The rosemary added a nice depth to the bechamel, the chicken and mushrooms provide good protein, and the lemon zest was such a lovely counterpoint to the richness of the cheese and sauce.

rosemary chicken lasagna finished closeup

It was nice to have the second set of hands when assembling everything and making the bechamel, but it’s a fairly easy recipe—just make sure to give yourself enough time so you’re not frantic trying to put it together. For me, being frantic takes the fun out of cooking.

rosemary chicken lasagna finished3

This is definitely the most interesting chicken lasagna recipe I’ve seen, and I will definitely be making it again!

rosemary chicken lasagna chicken cooking

rosemary chicken lasagna chicken cooked

Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch, bite-size pieces. Season with two generous pinches of kosher salt and cracked pepper. Saute in a skillet, on medium heat, with 1-2 tablespoons of oil until golden brown and cooked through. Place cooked chicken in a bowl and set aside.

rosemary chicken lasagna mushrooms chopped

Chop up your pretty mushrooms!

rosemary chicken lasagna onion garlic

Heat oil and saute the diced onion until tender, on medium heat (about 6 on my stove), about 5 minutes (you may need to add a little more oil). I was super lame and forgot to buy the onion, so I just used dried minced onion. We lived.

Add the garlic and lower heat to medium (more like a 4-5 on my stove) and saute 2 minutes.

rosemary chicken lasagna rosemary

My mom brought this rosemary from her garden in Kansas (complete with Kansas dirt!).

rosemary chicken lasagna mushrooms rosemary

Add the the chopped rosemary, mushrooms, and 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt to the garlic and onion. Lower the heat even further (I’d say have it at about a 3-4) and saute until the mushrooms release liquid and are tender, about 10 minutes.

rosemary chicken lasagna spinach

rosemary chicken lasagna mushrooms spinach

Finally, add the chopped spinach, stir until wilted.

rosemary chicken lasagna mushrooms spinach2

Add the chicken back in and set this mixture aside. This baby’s done for now.

rosemary chicken lasagna lemon zest

At this point you’ll want to do a little more prep, because once the bechamel gets going you won’t get another chance. Go ahead and zest the lemon, open up the ricotta, and cut the mozzarella into 1/2-inch pieces.

rosemary chicken lasagna butter melting

Next we make the bechamel. In a small saucepan, melt the butter on medium-low heat. If the heat’s too high, you’ll end up scalding everything.

rosemary chicken lasagna roux

Once it’s been melted and bubbly for a minute or so, add the flour and stir for a few minutes on medium heat until the mixture is golden and bubbly.

rosemary chicken lasagna bechamel

Whisk in a cup of the hot milk at a time. Add the rosemary and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Make sure you don’t leave it unattended, and stir constantly. Add 4 ounces of the mozzarella and stir until melted and thickened.

rosemary chicken lasagna bechamel spices

Finally, whisk in the salt, nutmeg, and white pepper. Simmer for a few minutes, then set aside.

rosemary chicken lasagna bechamel layer one

Now we assemble. Butter or grease a 9×13 pan. Pour 1/2 cup of the bechamel sauce in the bottom and spread it out.

rosemary chicken lasagna wonton layer one

Lay down one layer of fresh pasta sheets or egg roll wrappers.

rosemary chicken lasagna ricotta layer one

Place teaspoon-sized dollops of ricotta over the pasta/wrappers, using up about half the container.

rosemary chicken lasagna mushrooms spinach layer one

rosemary chicken lasagna bechamel2

rosemary chicken lasagna lemon mozzarella

Spread out half of the chicken-mushroom filling, drizzle 1/2 cup of bechamel, sprinkle 1/4 cup of Parmesan, 4 ounces of the fresh mozzarella and half the lemon zest.

rosemary chicken lasagna wonton layer two

rosemary chicken lasagna layer two

Repeat this process, adding another layer of pasta/wrappers, lightly pressing them down. Add the dollops of ricotta, the remainder of the chicken-mushroom filling, 1/2 cup of bechamel, the remaining mozzarella, 1/4 cup of Parmesan, and the remaining lemon zest.

rosemary chicken lasagna assembled

rosemary chicken lasagna assembled2

If you have truffle oil, drizzle a little on top at this point. Top with the last layer of pasta/wrapper and pour the remainder of the bechamel over them, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with the final 1/4 cup of Parmesan and sprinkle with a little rosemary.

rosemary chicken lasagna finished2

Cover tightly with foil and bake at 400 F for about 40 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Remove the foil and bake uncovered until the top is golden, about 10 more minutes.

rosemary chicken lasagna finished closeup

Let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving, so it sets up.

Rosemary Chicken Lasagna

Filling:

  • 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast, cut into bite-size
  • 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms (I didn’t know what kind to use, so I used baby ‘bellas)
  • 1/2 of a red onion, diced
  • 8 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, chopped fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, plus two generous pinches for the chicken
  • Fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1-2 cups of packed, chopped fresh spinach (or arugula)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Layers:

  • 12 ounces of fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, divided (save 4 ounces for the béchamel)
  • 15 ounces of whole milk ricotta
  • 3/4 cup of Parmesan
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 package of egg roll wrappers (or fresh pasta sheets)

Bechamel Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 tablespoons of fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 cups of hot whole milk
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons of kosher salt (note, kosher salt is less salty than table salt, so use less if using table salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoons of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoons of white pepper
  • Truffle oil (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch, bite-size pieces. Season with two generous pinches of kosher salt and cracked pepper. Saute in a skillet, on medium heat, with 1-2 tablespoons of oil until golden brown and cooked through. Place cooked chicken in a bowl and set aside. In the same pan, saute the diced onion until tender, on medium heat (about 6 on my stove), about 5 minutes (you may need to add a little more oil). Add the garlic and lower heat to medium (more like a 4-5 on my stove) and saute 2 minutes. Add the rosemary, mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and then lower the heat even further (I’d say have it at about a 3-4). Saute until the mushrooms release liquid and are tender, about 10 minutes. Finally, add the chopped spinach, stir until wilted, and add the chicken back in. Set this mixture aside.

Next we make the bechamel. In a small saucepan, melt the butter on medium-low heat. Once it’s been melted and bubbly for a minute or so, add flour and stir for a few minutes on medium heat until the mixture is golden. Whisk in a cup of the hot milk at a time. Add the rosemary and bring the mixture to a gentle boil–don’t leave unattended, and stir constantly. Add 4 ounces of the mozzarella and stir until melted and thickened. Finally, add salt, nutmeg and white pepper. Simmer for a few minutes, then set aside.

Butter or grease a 9×13 pan. Pour 1/2 cup of the bechamel sauce in the bottom and spread it out. Lay down one layer of fresh pasta sheets or egg roll wrappers. Place teaspoon-sized dollops of ricotta over the pasta/wrappers, using up about half the container. Spread out half of the chicken-mushroom filling, drizzle 1/2 cup of bechamel, sprinkle 1/4 cup of Parmesan, 4 ounces of the fresh mozzarella and half the lemon zest. Repeat, adding another single layer of pasta/wrappers, lightly pressing down. Add dollops of ricotta, the remainder of the chicken-mushroom filling, 1/2 cup of bechamel, the remaining mozzarella, 1/4 cup of Parmesan, and remaining lemon zest. If you have truffle oil, drizzle a little on top at this point. Top with the last layer of pasta/wrapper and pour the remainder of the bechamel, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with the final 1/4 cup of Parmesan and sprinkle with a little rosemary.

Bake covered tightly with foil in a 400 F oven for 40 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Remove foil and bake uncovered until top is golden, about 10 more minutes. Let rest 10-15 minutes before serving, so it sets up.

Original recipe from Feasting at Home

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