Spicy Chicken Lasagna


Instead of spending hours at the stove making an Italian tomato sauce for your lasagna, let your slow cooker do the work. Your family will love the chicken and mushrooms in this makeover recipe of traditional lasagna.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 55 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
1 lasagna


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 (15 ounce) carton light ricotta cheese

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (2 cups)

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 (26 ounce) jar lower-sodium pasta sauce

  • 1 (8 ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon sodium-free Italian herb seasoning, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 12 no-boil lasagna noodles

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 leaf Chopped fresh basil


  1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Cook garlic over medium-high heat for 30 seconds. Add chicken and mushrooms and cook until the chicken is no longer pink and the mushrooms are tender and all liquid is evaporated. Remove from heat; set aside.

  2. Combine ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and crushed red pepper in a large bowl.

  3. Combine pasta sauce, tomato sauce, the water, Italian seasoning, and ground pepper in another large bowl.

  4. To assemble, spread 1/2 cup of the sauce in the bottom of a 5- to 6-quart oval slow cooker. Top with four of the noodles, breaking and overlapping as necessary to fit. Add one third of the chicken mixture, 1 cup of the pasta sauce, one third of the cheese mixture. Top with four noodles and repeat other layers twice.

  5. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 3/4 hours. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup pasta sauce and Parmesan. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes before serving.

  6. To serve, cut the lasagna into eight portions. If desired, sprinkle each serving with basil.


Equipment: 5- to 6-quart oval slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

356 Calories
11g Fat
33g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 30g 61%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Vitamin A 439IU 9%
Vitamin C 3mg 4%
Folate 13mcg 3%
Sodium 543mg 24%
Calcium 318mg 24%
Iron 1mg 8%
Magnesium 32mg 8%
Potassium 414mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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