How’s your day? Thanks a lot for all the advice you gave us about moving, we read it all and talked about it and LOVED all of your thoughts. Today we’re preparing for a massive trifecta of catering events we have coming up, and all the yoga is being taught so, you know, Wednesday.
But let’s talk about lasagna. I’m giving you options here with your chicken, find some cooked chicken and shred it – rotisserie chicken or leftovers are PERFECT for this. If you already have chicken cooked you just cook the veggies and layer this shiz and cook. Thanks to no-boil lasagna noodles this can be in the oven in 30 minutes and ready less than an hour after that. You can of course make this on a Sunday then bake it on a weeknight when you’d like to eat it, too. It’s delicious, healthy-ish, and sexyspicy as only Mexican food can be.
Gather your stuff first. Also, preheat the oven to whatever it says on the noodle box if you want to cook this right away, which you definitely do. You need cheese (I did a mozz cheddar blend; use anything you’ve got around!), shredded cooked chicken, bell peppers, onion, cumin, chili powder, seasoning salt, lasagna noodles, tomato sauce, enchilada sauce, and hot sauce.
First, we’ll get started on the veggies. Preheat a skillet to medium-high heat with a drizzle of oil, and cut the peppers in half, then rip out the seeds, stem, and ribs. Don’t do the thing where you cut pretty planks around the edge of the pepper and throw away the top and the bottom. You’re wasting half the pepper and that makes me sad in my heart where my feelings live.
Repeat with the onion. You can use a whole onion if you’d like, but I had half of a massive onion that was more than enough. As a side note, you could make this vegetarian by omitting the chicken and adding any other veggies you like such as spinach, mushrooms, or zucchini. Wouldn’t THAT be totes yum.
Now, we’re ready to layer our lasagna. Start with a thin layer of sauce in a baking dish.
I did this in a 6×9 -ish baking dish, just slightly smaller than a 9×13. If you only have a 9×13 baking dish you can use these measurements and just spread everything out for a slightly flatter lasagna, or you can increase the amount of veggies and chicken by about 1/3 and make a larger lasagna. Up to you! Now, we’re ready to bake.
Bake the lasagna for however long the noodle box says to – Mine took 45 minutes. I baked this uncovered the entire time until the noodles were cooked through and the cheese was slightly browned. Be sure to let the lasagna rest for at least 15 minutes after you take it out of the oven – it’ll stay warm, don’t worry!
When you’re ready to eat, grab a knife and a spatula and serve pretty pieces of this beauty.
Make this soon, for a weekend, weeknight, lunch, whatevs. The leftovers are epic, and you’ll adore this.
- 2 bell peppers, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 1 box no boil lasagna noodles
- 1 13 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 11 ounce can red enchilada sauce
- hot sauce, to taste
- 3 cups grated cheese, I used a blend of mozzarella and cheddar
- cilantro leaves, optional, for garnish
- Preheat the oven per the lasagna noodle box, and preheat a large skillet to medium-high heat with a drizzle of oil. Add the bell pepper, onion, seasoning salt, cumin, and chili powder. Stir to combine and cook for 3-5 minutes until the vegetables are browned at the edges and slightly softened. Turn off the heat and set aside.
- Make the sauce by combining the tomato sauce and enchilada sauce. Taste, and add as much hot sauce as you'd like.
- Make the lasagna. In a baking dish, spoon a small amount of sauce. Then, cover with a layer of noodles. Spoon some more sauce over the noodles, then spread on half the chicken, half the veggies, and 1/3 of the cheese. Then, repeat: noodles, sauce, the remaining chicken and veggies, and another 1/3 of the cheese. Top with a final layer of noodles, sauce, and the rest of the cheese.
- Bake the lasagna per the package directions, about 45 minutes, until the noodles are cooked through, the lasagna is bubbly, and the cheese is slightly browned. Let rest for 15 minutes before cutting. Top with cilantro if desired.
- I used a baking dish that is slightly smaller than a 9x13 dish. If you use a full 9x13, the layer may be a bit thin, but the lasagna will still be delicious!
- Since there are only 2 layers of filling, you may not use all of the lasagna noodles. Just use how many you need!
- Vegetarian variation: Omit the chicken and sub 3 cups extra veggies of your choice. Add to the skillet when you cook the peppers and onions.