Chicken Lasagna – Homestyle and Cheesy

The weather here in Kolkata calls for hearty meals. Am getting my zeal back to spend a considerable amount of time in my kitchen and trying out a lot a recipes that had been earmarked for a while now. Chicken being the preffered choice of protien, I am always looking out to do something different with it. One pan or one pot meals works best when you are pressed for time but still want something delicious. However there are times when you crave something indulgent, something that makes you go yum,yum,yum like a lasagna! My first memory of tasting a lasagna goes back to my LSR days when Big Chill( my mostest favourite eatery of all times) had opened up in the neighbourhood. Digging into that gooey goodness of cheesy meaty lasagna. Never missed a chance to grab atleast one meal there whenever I am in Delhi which is rare now. So to revive all those delicious memories I took it upon me to recreate the dish in my kitchen. It takes some amount of effort but at the end it was totally worth it. A little amount of prep the day before goes a long way. Like i prepeared the meat sauce a day in advance, it kind of enhanced the flavours too. So the next day it was quite a breeze to put it all together.

00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20181209133405665_COVER~2Ok now one important point here. I was always confused whether to pre cook the pasta sheets before layering or just let it the way it is for it to cook in the oven. I scoured around for some info on this but failed to get a clear picture so i decided to pre cook it anyways. Just dunked them in boiling water for 10 seconds and then layer them up. Worked beautifully I must say! You guys go note the recipe and give it a shot, promise you wont be disappointed.

Chicken Lasagna - Homestyle and Cheesy
Recipe type: Main course
Cuisine: Italian
 
Cheesy gooey one dish baked Chicken Lasagna
Ingredients
  • Lasagna pasta sheets - around 8 to 10 - precook for 10 seconds in boiling water.
  • For the chicken mince sauce:
  • Ingredients:
  • Minced Chicken - 500 gms
  • Chopped onions - 2 large
  • Tomato paste - 8 large
  • Minced garlic - 4-6 pod
  • Oregano - to taste
  • Basil leaves - a handful - roughly chopped
  • White pepper - to taste
  • Salt - to taste'
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Bay leaves - a few
  • Oilve oil - 2 tbsp
  • Butter - a blob
  • Paprika - 1 tbsp for colour
  • Chicken stock - 1 cup
  • Fresh cream - 2 tbsp
  • Extra virgin olive oil - 2 tbsp
  • For the white / bechamel sauce:
  • Flour - 2 tbsp
  • Butter - 2 tbsp
  • Milk - 2 cups
  • Grated cheese - 1 cup - i used cheddar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Some more grated cheese - a mix of mozarella and cheddar to top the lasagna
Instructions
  1. Making of the chicken mince sauce - try make it a day in advance
  2. In a deep dish pan melt the butter and olive oil.
  3. Add the mince garlic and saute till fragrant.
  4. Add the chopped onions, Saute till slightly browned.
  5. Next add the tomato paste, oregano, bay leaf,basil leaves,salt, pepper and sugar.Cook the tomato paste till oil separates on the side of the pan.
  6. Add the chicken mince. it will release a fair amout of water. Cook till the water dries up.
  7. Add the chicken stock and cook till the sauce turns thick. Check for seasoning.
  8. Finish with fresh cream and EVOO.
  9. Making the white/Bechamel Sauce:
  10. In a non stick pan, melt the butter.
  11. Add the flour and roast till fragrant .
  12. Now add the milk slowly, stirring constantly with a whisk so no lumps are formed.
  13. Keep stirring while the sauce thickens up. add the grated cheese.
  14. Add salt and pepper to taste. Check before adding salt as we already added cheese.
  15. Keep aside.
  16. Take a rectangular or square deep baking dish.
  17. Start making layers.
  18. Put a layer of pasta sheets at the bottom of the dish. Then layer of mince sauce, then some white sauce, top with some grated cheese.
  19. Repeat the layers till u reach the top of the dish.
  20. Top with a lot of grated cheese. Cover the dish with foil paper.
  21. Bake at 180 deg C for 30 mins.
  22. Remove the foil and bake at 200 deg C for another 10 mins.
  23. Serve hot!
 

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