Friday, June 22, 2012

Creamy White Chicken Artichoke Lasagna

I recently pinned another recipe to try from Pinterest.  This one sounded too good to pass up, it had all of my favorite things in one place!  What's not to love about chicken, artichokes, lasagna, and creamy goodness?  This recipe was originally posted at Kraft and this just happened to coincide with those new packages of mozzarella with the Philadelphia cream cheese added in that I wanted to try anyway. 

First, gather your ingredients:

You will need:

2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 can artichokes, drained and chopped
1 8oz package shredded mozzarella cheese w/ Philadelphia added (divided)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup drained, chopped sun dried tomatoes 
2 packages (8oz) of cream cheese (softened)
1 cup of milk
1 tsp minced garlic (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
1/4 cup of fresh chopped basil (divided)
12 cooked lasagna noodles 

HEAT oven to 350°F. 

COMBINE chicken, artichokes, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan and tomatoes into a large bowl

Beat cream cheese, milk and garlic powder with mixer until well blended; and stir in 2 Tbsp. basil.

Note: This made a giant mess.  I recommend mixing JUST the cream cheese fist and add the milk slowly.

Pour half of creamy mixture over the chicken mixture in the other bowl and mix together.
SPREAD half the remaining cream cheese mixture onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish; cover with 3 noodles and 1/3 of the chicken mixture. Repeat layers of noodles and chicken mixture twice. Top with remaining noodles, cream cheese mixture and the rest of the mozzarella; cover.

I actually baked uncovered.  Still worked great
BAKE 25 min. or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining basil. Let stand 5 min. before cutting to serve.

This turned out very creamy and cheesey, just like I was hoping. I wasn't sure if I would like the sun dried tomatoes but they gave it a really nice flavor.  This is what a slice turned out like:

We served it with a loaf of french bread and a salad.  It also made some nice left overs for hubby's lunch the next day.  All in all I think it turned out pretty good.  Another successful pinterest test completed. This one is very tasty and is going into our regular line up.

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