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Chicken Lasagna

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  • Chicken, spinach, mushrooms and lots of cheese make up the layers of Chuck Federici's hearty lasagna.

       Chicken, spinach, mushrooms and lots of cheese make up the layers of Chuck Federici's hearty lasagna.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

 

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Salt and pepper

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Dried oregano, to taste

cup chicken broth

cup chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

12 ounces fresh portobello mushrooms, sliced

2 bags (10 ounces each) fresh spinach

cup white wine

1 box (9 ounces) no-boil lasagna noodles

8 cups (32 ounces) shredded mozzarella

Parmesan cheese

Sauce

3 cups chicken broth

6 tablespoons butter

cup flour

1 cup heavy cream

teaspoon salt

teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and oregano, put in baking dish with cup chicken broth. Bake 40-45 minutes till chicken is done. Chop into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

While chicken bakes, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until soft; add mushrooms. When mushrooms have cooked down, add spinach and white wine; saute until liquid is reduced.

For the sauce: Heat 3 cups chicken broth over medium heat until bubbly.

In large sauce pan, melt butter over low heat, stir in flour until well blended. Cook 3-5 minutes until bubbly, remove from heat and gradually stir in heated chicken broth until smooth. Return to heat; stir in heavy cream, salt, pepper and parsley.

To assemble: Cover bottom of prepared pan with sauce. Put a layer of noodles over the sauce; then add a half chopped chicken, a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, half the mushroom/spinach mixture, one-third of the mozzarella cheese and a bit more sauce. Repeat layers one more time; then finish with remaining lasagna noodles, a bit of sauce, some parmesan cheese and the rest of the mozzarella cheese. Bake 35-45 minutes or until lasagna starts to bubble. Put a baking sheet under lasagna; sometimes it bubbles over. Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 12.

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