Chicken Pot Pie Lasagna

Necessity is the mother of so many of my recipes.  Seriously, if I didn’t have leftover roast or chicken or bones or whatever staring at me from the refrigerator, how many dinners would simply be spaghetti and meatballs?  Chicken Pot Pie Lasagna: all the taste of a pot pie without having to make a crust. Gluten Free options includedI roasted a chicken late one afternoon, but didn’t serve it for dinner.  I guess we’d eaten too many snacks or maybe lunch was late that day.  Whatever the reason, after the bird came out of the oven, no one felt like eating it.  I cut it up, put the carcass in the freezer and popped the meat into the fridge.  Two days later, we still hadn’t eaten it and it had to be used or losed (pardon the license I take with our language).  This lasagna was what came from my staring with both the freezer and fridge doors open.

Do you do that?  Do you stare at your leftovers until an idea comes to you?  Do you always follow recipes or do you make things up as you go along?  Often I plan ahead, knowing I will have leftovers from a ham, I will plan a few ham casserole-y type meals for the next days.  Once in a while, though, as in the case of this chicken, I will get blindsided by unplanned leftovers.   When I have time to plan, I use recipes.  When I don’t, well, I don’t.

I am afraid my writing is rather muddled today, it must be the spring weather.  I keep thinking about bike riding and weeding and other outdoor activities instead of computer work.  I also have a candy making cookbook that I need to review.  I am predicting a lot of sweets being made this weekend, between trips to the pool and weeding, of course.

Chicken Pot Pie Lasagna
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound cooked chicken, cubed
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp all purpose flour (or sorghum flour for gluten free)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1 12-16 oz pkg lasagna noodles (tinkyada makes gluten free)
  • 12 oz frozen mixed vegetables, thawed for 3 minutes in the microwave
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups grated cheese (can be Cheddar, Jack, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, etc)
  • 3 cup chicken broth (progresso is gluten free)
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, cook onion in oil on medium heat.
  2. When it is soft, add the flour, salt, pepper and thyme and cook until slightly golden.
  3. Add the milk, stirring constantly until smooth and thickened.
  4. Add the cheese, continuing to stir until smooth.
  5. Add the chicken and set aside.
  6. Combine the mixed vegetables, ricotta, egg and garlic powder in another bowl.
  7. In a greased 9X13 pan, layer a little cheese sauce, then pasta then all of the vegetable mixture, then pasta then all the rest of the chicken mixture then pasta and then top with the last 2 cups of grated cheese.
  8. Pour the chicken broth all around.
  9. Tightly cover with a greased piece of foil (so the cheese doesn't stick to it) and bake at 350 degrees for 1½ to 2 hours.

 

7 thoughts on “Chicken Pot Pie Lasagna

  1. The recipe doesn’t say anything about cooking the lasagna noodles first, so am I correct in assuming that they were put in the pan raw?

  2. I only wish that I could stare at leftovers. They tend to consume me throughout my day. “Do I make a different sauce and boil up some fresh pasta?” Or “Hmmm.. That might be good wrapped in a tortilla and fried.”

    Most of my repurposing efforts are one-time fails. But you… It looks like your head is screwed on much better than mine. This dish looks like a keeper! :-)

    1. Believe me, there have been some doozies where re-purposed leftovers would have been better served in their original form. It’s when I tell my family that we are having “chicken surprise” that they start dialing the pizza man. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I almost never have a plan for leftovers, or recipes for that matter. I wander into the kitchen and start hauling stuff out that catches my eye, then just have at it. Consequently until I started blogging I never actually had copies of my own favourite recipes. Sad right.

    I love this one. How cool is this? Turning leftover chicken into lasagna, you are a genius. I totally need to try this.

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