Once again another fabulous recipe from http://itsdinnertime2.blogspot.com. This recipe was easy to make and absolutely delicious! I made it for Brad and I on Monday night and also to take to some friends and we all loved it. Brad had seconds and maybe even thirds. Had Brad not wanted to take it for lunch the next day I would have had seconds or maybe thirds too. This is now near the top of my list for favorite dinners.
Cheesy Chicken Lasagna
2 cans (12 oz) evaporated milk
1 (1 oz) pkg. dry Ranch dressing mix
3 C. cubed, cooked, chicken
1/8 tsp pepper
1 (16oz) lasagna noodles, cooked (see note)
1 1/2 C cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 C mozzarella cheese, grated
I cooked the chicken and noodles first at the same time. Once noodles are done--rinse in cold water and set aside (it keeps them from sticking together). Combine evaporated milk (don't use fat-free version) and Ranch dressing in a 3 quart heavy saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently until dry ingredients are dissolved. Stir in cooked cubed chicken and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes (don't do any less), stirring frequently (see note). Layer half of lasagna noodles, poultry sauce, and cheese in well-buttered 9x13 pan. Repeat layers again. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
***Note- I found that when I made this although I had cooked a whole packet of lasagna noodles, I actually only ended up using half the packet (9 lasagna sheets) and throwing away the rest. Even with using half the package I still got three layers out of my lasagna. Just keep this in mind.
***After I had let the sauce and chicken mixture cook for 25 minutes and I was ready to assemble the lasagna I noticed that the mixture was still quite thin. I worried about it not setting up and I was concerned that my lasagna would end up soupy. So right before pulling it off the stove I took some of the sauce out and mixed it with some cornstarch and then added it back to the sauce mix and let it thicken. It only took a couple of minutes to thicken up and be the consistency I was after for layering. Worked like a charm!