Best Chicken Spinach Lasagna

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Chicken Spinach Lasagna is easy to make, loaded with lean chicken and spinach for a nutritional boost. It is delicious and conveniently made at home, and leftovers taste amazing! 

This is one of my all-time favorite dishes. It is flavorful, yet a bit lighter than the traditional version. You can also try my other favorite comfort foods are Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes, Fried Chicken, and Mac and Cheese.

Best Chicken Spinach Lasagna

Best Chicken Spinach Lasagna

Chicken Spinach Lasagna has lots of delicious marinara sauce, cheese, lean ground chicken and loads of spinach. If you make it with whole wheat lasagna sheets and less cheese, you end up with a healthier and hearty dinner. I have been making this lasagna for years, it is one of my signature dishes! I have fond memories of being a teenager and making the best Chicken Spinach Lasagna for family get together and holidays. It always got rave reviews, it makes delicious leftovers and its actually pretty easy to put together.

I like to prepare everything ahead of time. I assemble the lasagna the night before, pop it in the fridge and when we come back from work the next day, all I have to do is put it in the oven for 30 minutes. Since all the ingredients are already cooked, the lasagna doesn’t have to bake forever, so dinner is ready in 30 minutes. My toddler loves this Chicken Spinach Lasagna and we are all happy to have a delicious, homemade meal on the table.

Chicken Spinach Lasagna Recipe

Tips to make the Best Chicken Spinach Lasagna Recipe:

  • You can use lean ground chicken or you can substitute it with ground turkey or beef.
  • Also, I used a whole garlic head in this recipe, about 8-10 garlic cloves. We love garlic, it’s actually not overpowering in this recipe when combined with the marinara sauce and cheese.
  • In addition, I like to use full-fat mozzarella cheese and make sure you use “real” cheese. A lot of the cheap, pre-shredded cheese you see at the grocery store is not “real” cheese, hence it doesn’t melt well or taste good. Using high-quality cheese and marinara sauce is key.
  • You can use homemade marinara sauce. I am all about saving some time, and since I didn’t have any homemade sauce on hand, I used store bought.
  • Similarly, use high-quality marinara sauce. Best to spend a few dollars more and get an authentic marinara sauce, that will not taste just like tomato sauce.
  • You can also use marinara sauce in your favorite flavor, garlic or basil, spicy or mild etc.
  • Add some red pepper flakes to the chicken mixture if a spicy kick!
  • I recently got this Lasagna / Casserole Pan and I absolutely love it, I highly recommend it!

What pasta is used in Lasagna?

There is really only one type of broad, flat pasta used for baking in the oven and that is lasagna. These sheets are great to maintain the sauce between them when cooked in the oven.

Do you have to cook Lasagna sheets first?

In general yes! Soak the lasagna sheets in a single layer in boiling water for about 5 mins. Drain well before using in lasagna.

How many layers of noodles do you put in Lasagna?

In general, you will need four layers of noodles in total. It is best to start and finish with wider layers to have a perfectly looking lasagna.

Can you freeze Chicken Spinach Lasagna?

Yes, the lasagna freezes well. Layer the lasagna into an aluminum foil pan, after that wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, and then wrap it in aluminum foil and freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat add additional cheese on top and place in the oven at 350F for about 30-40min.

Chicken spinach lasagna

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5 from 8 reviews
Chicken Spinach Lasagna
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 40 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Total time: 1 hr 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons  olive oil 
  • 1  onion  (chopped)
  • 1  garlic head  (9-10 cloves, minced)
  • 1  bell pepper  (chopped)
  • 2 cups  baby bella mushrooms  (sliced)
  • 1 lb.  ground chicken 
  • 1 tablespoon  tomato paste 
  • 5 cups  raw fresh spinach 
  • 16 oz  mozzarella cheese  (grated)
  • 15 oz  marinara sauce 
  • 16  lasagna sheets 
  •  salt and pepper 

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over high-medium heat, bring 2 gallons of water to a boil.
  2. In the meantime, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to large pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the chopped onion, cook for 2-3 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally and add the minced garlic, cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped bell pepper and mushrooms stir and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and ground chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well to combine, and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Once the chicken is almost cooked add the spinach and cook until the spinach has shrunk in size and is tender about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  6. In the meantime, the water must be boiling, add some salt and 2 tablespoons of oil and add the lasagna sheets. Cook based on box instructions, but usually, it takes 7-9 minutes for the sheets to cook. Transfer lasagna sheets to a colander, give them a bath in cold water and drain.
  7. Start assembling the lasagna. I had to trim the length of the lasagna sheets to fit my 9inch pan. I used 5 sheets for the bottom layer, 5 for the middle layer and 6 for the upper layer.
  8. Preheat oven to 400F.
  9. Start by greasing the lasagna pan with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.
  10. Lay 5 lasagna sheets on the bottom of the pan, top it with half of the chicken mixture, followed by 5 ounces of marinara sauce, and followed by 1½ cups of grated mozzarella cheese. Repeat this for the second layer of lasagna sheets -> chicken mixture -> marinara sauce -> cheese. Top with the final layer of 6 lasagna sheets (I also added on top the pieces from the trimmed sheets), cover with the remaining 5 ounces of marinara sauce and top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese.
  11. You can place lasagna in the fridge for 24 hours, or you can bake it immediately for 30 - 40 minutes.
  12. Let lasagna cool down 15-20 minutes before serving, as this will facilitate cutting it.
  13. You can turn on the broil for the last 3-4 minutes of baking for a golden brown top, but watch it closely not to burn it.
  14. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve. Enjoy!
0 Calories: 569 Carbohydrates: 50 Protein: 31 Fat: 27 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 93 Sodium: 704 Potassium: 896 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 6 Vitamin A: 2870 Vitamin C: 29.5 Calcium: 333 Iron: 2.8
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Byron Thomas

To die for!!! I'm in love with your recipes and your photographs!

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Thanks Byron :)

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Kennedy [email protected] KCole's Creative Corner

It seems as though I've been way too caught up in regular ole' lasagna to expand my horizons and try some different take on the classic! So I'm glad that you have such a great, new take on the usual! It's just as indulgent and cozy as the original but with a classier feel to it! Love this! Thanks for sharing, Katalina! :D

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Thanks KC, this one is so much lighter than the original.

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Ciao Florentina

I would have to agree, that is a great looking lasagna and I'm making some tomorrow for my honey. Men love their lasagna and for us it is a party pasta night ! Bring the Vino ;)

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oh yes men love their lasagna :) mine is asking for this one almost on a weekly basis lol

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That's dream lasagna! I love the spinach and chicken filling.

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J @ A Hot Southern Mess

Oh my goodness! This pan is deadly! I know for sure that my Hubby would try to take it down in one sitting and I wouldn't be far behind him! Wow does this look good for dinner tonight!

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Thanks Jess :)

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Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

This lasagna is absolutely GORGEOUS! I usually make my spinach lasagna with beef, but now I'm thinking I've gotta try it with chicken next time! Totally drooling over here. :)

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Hi Sarah, yes beef its the classic way to go, but I tried to keep it lighter here, I have switched to chicken long time ago for my lasagna!

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Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

I love lasagna, but I hate how bloated it often leaves me... so this chicken and spinach lasagna looks PERFECT, girlfriend! Plus, if your hubster always requests it, this MUST be a win!! Pinned! Cheers, lovely! <3

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Thanks girlfriend, just like me, you will love this lighter version :)

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Beverley @ sweaty&fit

My first thought when i saw the picture was HOLYYYY that looks good. It has been WAY too long since I have made lasagna. Thanks for reminding me :)

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Hi Beverley, that you so much for stopping by! :) I hope you make a lasagna really soon :)

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Amanda

The layers in here look so lovely. What a delicious lasagna. And I love spinach in my lasagna!

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Hi Amanda, I love spinach in my lasagna as well, such a delicious way to sneak in some greens.

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YES YES YES!!! This looks incredible! I don't actually have a chicken lasagna recipe so THANK YOU!

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Oh Nagi, you are too sweet :) hope you add this to your collection of recipes :)

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My Dish is Bomb

This looks amazing and I love that it comes together so fast! It's hard to find a lasagna recipe without ricotta (I hate ricotta) so I'm definitely saving this one!

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I don't like ricotta in my lasagna, and I also tried to keep it on the light healthy side, and since I already used mozzarella I skipped the ricotta :)

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Thao @ In Good Flavor

This is the kind of lasagna I should be making more often. It looks amazing and loaded with so much goodness—chicken, spinach, and lots of garlic! :)

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Hi Thao, you should try it, you will love it!

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Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

I absolutely love lasagna and I've never had it with chicken! Why? I love the idea of getting it ready the day before and just reheating it after work!

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hi Rachelle, I used to make it with beef, but I find the chicken version so much lighter and it doesn't give me a stomach ache afterwards.

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Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

I love how many goodies are loaded in this lasagna! The chicken and spinach sound amazing! So comforting and delicious!

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You are right Kelly, so many goodies in here :) I want to make another one already!

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Wajeeha

This chicken lasagne looks incredible! I just want to reach in with my fork and take a bite ;) my toddler loves pasta too, so I'm definitely going to try this recipe out! :)

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Hi Wajeeha, my toddler loved this lasagna, hope us enjoys it too!

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Sabrina

The lasagna sounds amaze! I was wondering if it will be able to refrigerate/freeze well? I want to make it so that it could last up to a week.

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Hi Sabrina - the lasagna freezes/refrigerates well. We actually had leftovers for 4 days, if you are wondering if its still good after you make it, I can assure you that the leftovers will be delicious. Also, if you want to freeze it before cooking, make sure you roll the pan tightly in plastic wrap and you should be good to go.

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Michelle

Do you think ground turkey may not mix well with these flavors??

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Yes, it will work very well!

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Jade

Did you maybe mean 1/2 tablespoon oil for the onions and garlic instead of 1/2 cup? Eight tablespoons sounds like an awful lot of oil, even for that much garlic.

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Hi Jade - sorry it's a typo, it's actually 1/4 cup of oil; you add it to the skillet and after that most of the ingredients are sautéed into that skillet.

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Jennifer Shugart

I have got to try this asap!

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I hope to try this awesome recipe this weekend. What size pan did you use in the picture? 9 " x 13" ? Just want to be sure my layers look like yours.

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Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

What a great way to change up lasagna!

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Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

That looks perfect - I virtually never get tired of lasagna!

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Krista

I love changing up lasagna! I have to try this out out soon!

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carrie @ frugal foodie mama

I have a feeling that my family would LOVE this! :) Looks delicious.

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terry stenson

I am loving this recipe! I get chicken /spinach/parm (fresh) sausage from my local Randazzo's fruit market and I think this would be great in this recipe. I am going to try this very soon.

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