Sunday, October 11, 2009

Chicken Spinach Lasagna (old recipe)

"Arise, cry aloud in the night at the beginning of the night watches; pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord; Lift up your hands to Him for the life of your little ones…” Lamentations 2:19

This recipe comes compliments of Shelli Allen. Don’t be thrown off by “lasagna” in the name of it... it is not an Italian tomato-based lasagna. It is more like a chicken casserole that uses lasagna noodles. This dish is VERY VERY rich and filling. This is one of my "go-to" meals when I need to cook for another family...people go crazy over it.

16 lasagna noodles, cooked
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and
drained well
4 Cups diced chicken
4 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 Cups finely diced onion
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2T. Flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2T. soy sauce
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
16 oz. sour cream
9 oz. jar sliced mushrooms, drained
2/3 Cup mayo

2 cups grated parmesan
4T. butter
2 cups chopped pecans (or sliced almonds)

Combine all ingredients in very large bowl. In a large and deep baking dish (I have a deep 10x14 baking dish that works well but I generally divide it among a few dishes), layer chicken mixture, noodles, chicken mixture, noodles, chicken mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Melt butter in skillet on stove. Add chopped pecans to lightly toast and sprinkle pecans over cheese. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

(I have no idea why the spacing is acting crazy on this part and I can't seem to fix it!! Sorry that it looks so bad! )

Serves 10-12

Tips: Make it earlier in the day or the day before and cook later. Great dish to divide between serving dishes and freeze one or take a meal to a friend. (You can divide between 3, 8x8 baking dishes.) It makes a TON! We have enough to eat, give meals to 2 families, and still freeze some leftovers. I just serve it with a fruit salad since it is such a heavy dish! I left out the mushrooms because I don’t really like them. You can also omit the salt from the recipe and just let people salt their food.

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