Thursday, October 9, 2008
It's pretty well documented how much I love buffalo wings, the buffalo sauce flavor, and all things that remind me of buffalo wings.
I've mentioned my deep-seeded love in the sweet and spicy wings post, the buffalo dip, and the buffalo chicken soup.
So when I stumbled across a recipe for buffalo chicken lasagna, I knew I needed to make it. In the crockpot.
--uncooked traditional lasagna noodles (I used Tinkyada brand)
--4 already cooked chicken breast halves
--jar of prepared pasta sauce
--1 cup buffalo wing sauce
--3 red, yellow, or orange bell peppers
--tub of ricotta cheese (15 oz)
--2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella and cheddar blend)
--1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles
--1/4 cup of water (add at very end)
use at least a 5qt crockpot, or cut back on the amount of ingredients.
In a large glass bowl, combine cooked and chopped chicken breast, the pasta sauce, and 1 cup of buffalo wing sauce.
Ladle a big spoonful of the sauce into the bottom of your crockpot. Cover with a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles. You'll have to break them to get a proper fit.
Add a smear of ricotta cheese to the top of the noodles. Add a layer of chopped bell pepper. Sprinkle on a handful of shredded cheese.
Repeat layers until you run out of ingredients.
Add the bleu cheese crumbles, if desired. Put the 1/4 cup of water into your empty pasta sauce jar and shake. Pour the liquid over the top of the entire lasagna.
Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 4-5. When cooking time is complete, unplug and take off the lid of the crock. Let it sit for 20 minutes before cutting into. Or it will fall apart. Ask me how I know this...
Delicious. Quite tasty, with a mild buffalo tang that is there, but isn't too overwhelming. The kids picked out the chicken and ate slices of bleu cheese. Adam liked it a lot, too. I'm quite excited to have more for lunch.
This will go into our meal rotation next year. I usually make traditional lasagna in the crockpot about once a month, and I think I'll probably switch back and forth from now on.
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