Confession: Up until Sunday I had never made lasagna. I have never been a big lasagna lover. Don’t get me wrong, I like it, but it just seemed too complicated to make so I never bothered. However, I recently decided to bite the bullet and try to make lasagna. I didn’t want to try regular lasagna though because everyone is a critic when it comes to lasagna. People either love it or hate it and I am convinced it is all dependent on the sauce. So, I decided to make Buffalo Chicken Lasagna. My mom had made this for my brother a few times and raved about it. I live in Buffalo so I figured I would try it out. I didn’t get the recipe from my mom, but instead found one on Pinterest and altered it to my liking. Here is the link to the original Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Recipe I found on Pinterest.
And here is my slightly altered recipe:
- 1-1/2 pounds ground chicken
- Minced Onion
- pinch of celery salt
- minced garlic
- 1 can ROTEL diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
- 1 bottle (12 ounces) Frank’s Hot Sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 9 lasagna noodles
- 1 carton (15 ounces) Ricotta Cheese
- 1-3/4 cups (7 ounces) crumbled blue cheese, divided
- parsley to taste
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 cups shredded Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- In a Dutch oven cook chicken, minced onion, celery salt and minced garlic until meat is no longer pink. Stir in tomatoes, hot sauce, water, Italian seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions; drain. In a small bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, 90% of the blue cheese, parsley and egg. Preheat oven to 350°.
- Spread 1/4 of the chicken/tomato mix into a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Layer with three noodles, 1/4 sauce, 1/3 of the ricotta mixture, 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese, and 1/3 of the cheddar cheese. Repeat layers twice. Top with the rest of the blue cheese.
- Bake 45 mins. or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
The lasagna was a big success. Mike and I both loved it and ate the whole dish in just two days. Oops. Mike especially raved about it, but I had to warn him, I won’t be making this dish often; it’s not the most healthy. It is, however, a nice treat and I highly recommend it.