Chicken and Bacon Lasagne

  • 20MINS
  • 50MINS
  • Serves 6
  • 366KCAL

You can’t go wrong with a lasagne, but it never hurts to switch things up! Instead of a bolognese, this recipe uses shredded chicken in a rich tomato sauce.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories366
  • Carbs31g
  • Protein38g
  • Fat8.7g
  • Saturates3.8g
  • Sugars12g

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A classic lasagne is one of our favourite go-to midweek meals. It’s total comfort food, with a rich, meaty bolognese, layers of carby pasta and plenty of melted cheese on top. Instead of reaching for the beef mince, why not change up your weekly menu and try out this Chicken and Bacon Lasagne instead?

We’ve added shredded chicken and strips of salty bacon into a flavourful tomato sauce. This works so well instead of the usual beef bolognese! Don’t be alarmed when you spot the chilli powder in the list of ingredients, this sauce isn’t spicy, it just adds a subtle warmth that really brings out all the flavours. 

Our yoghurt based white sauce keeps this recipe nice and low in calories, so it’s a great slimming friendly dinner. It freezes well too, so it’s ideal for batch cooking – leftovers for lunch, yes please!

This recipe works all year round – serve with a crisp salad in the summer or add some Homemade Oven Chips in the winter when you need a really hearty meal. 

What diets is this Chicken and Bacon Lasagne suitable for?

You can make this Chicken and Bacon Lasagne suitable for a gluten free diet if you simply switch the following ingredients for gluten free versions:

  • Chicken stock pot
  • Dry lasagne sheets

As always, take extra care when cooking for people with allergies and be sure to use different utensils, cookware and preparation areas.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chicken and Bacon Lasagne?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Chicken and Bacon Lasagne?

Nope! This is a super simple meal that uses common ingredients that can easily be found in your usual supermarket. 

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A good size frying pan like this one will come in handy for a huge variety of dishes. 

You’ll need an ovenproof lasagne dish to make this recipe. This one is a good size to layer up your meat and pasta sheets. 

How many calories are in this Chicken and Bacon Lasagne?

There are 366 calories per portion in this Chicken and Bacon Lasagne, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

This Chicken and Bacon Lasagne is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Add the chicken breasts to a saucepan and cover with boiling water. Cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes. Remove and shred the chicken with 2 forks.

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Step 2

While the chicken is cooking, spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and set on a medium heat. Add the onion and fry for 2 minutes.

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Step 3

Add the peppers, garlic and bacon strips to the pan and continue to fry for 3 minutes.

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Step 4

Once the vegetables have begun to soften, add the oregano, thyme and chilli powder. Stir to coat the vegetables and fry for 1 minute. Pour in the balsamic vinegar, stock pot, water, tomato puree, Henderson’s Relish and chopped tomatoes.

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Step 5

Add the shredded chicken breast and lower the heat. Allow to simmer for 4 minutes until reduced slightly. Preheat the oven to 200ºC

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Step 6

While the chicken simmers, add the eggs, yoghurt and mustard powder to a bowl. Whisk until combined and season with salt and pepper.

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Step 7

Spread a layer of the chicken mixture into the bottom of an oven proof dish, then add a layer of lasagne sheets. Add another layer of chicken and again lasagne sheets. Pour the white sauce on top of the final layer of lasagne sheets and spread it out evenly. Top with the grated cheese.

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Step 8

Pop in the oven for 30 minutes until the top of the lasagne is golden brown. Serve with your choice of accompaniment.

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What could I serve with this Chicken and Bacon Lasagne?

This Chicken and Bacon Lasagne is delicious served with a simple side salad. If you fancy something a bit stodgier, why not add a handful of chips on the side?

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How do you know when Chicken and Bacon Lasagne is cooked?

The chicken should be cooked until the juices run clear and there is no pinkness left inside. It can then be shredded and added to the other ingredients. 

You should cook the Chicken and Bacon Lasagne in the oven until the cheese is golden and bubbling on top. This will take around 30 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep Chicken and Bacon Lasagne in the fridge?

Once you’ve served this recipe, we recommend you eat it within 4 hours.

If you have any leftovers, allow them to cool before popping them in a container with a lid and refrigerating. Leftover Chicken and Bacon Lasagne can be kept in the fridge for around 3 days.

Can I freeze Chicken and Bacon Lasagne?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Chicken and Bacon Lasagne?

From chilled: Place in a microwavable container with a loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost in the fridge overnight and then reheat from chilled following the instructions above. 

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Chicken and Bacon Lasagne

You can’t go wrong with a lasagne, but it never hurts to switch things up! Instead of a bolognese, this recipe uses shredded chicken in a rich tomato sauce.
  • Prep Time
    20 MINS
  • Cook Time
    50 MINS
  • KCals 366
  • Carbs 31G

Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts, about 130g each
  • 4 bacon medallions, cut into strips
  • 1 red onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp Henderson's Relish or Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 chicken stock pot
  • 100 ml boiling water
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • low calorie cooking spray

For the lasagne

  • 6 dry lasagne sheets
  • 120 g reduced fat Cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • 500 g 0% fat Greek yoghurt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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Instructions

  1. Add the chicken breasts to a saucepan and cover with boiling water. Cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes. Remove and shred the chicken with 2 forks.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and set on a medium heat. Add the onion and fry for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the peppers, garlic and bacon strips to the pan and continue to fry for 3 minutes.
  4. Once the vegetables have begun to soften, add the oregano, thyme and chilli powder. Stir to coat the vegetables and fry for 1 minute. Pour in the balsamic vinegar, stock pot, water, tomato puree, Henderson's Relish and chopped tomatoes.
  5. Add the shredded chicken breast and lower the heat. Allow to simmer for 4 minutes until reduced slightly. Preheat the oven to 200ºC
  6. While the chicken simmers, add the eggs, yoghurt and mustard powder to a bowl. Whisk until combined and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Spread a layer of the chicken mixture into the bottom of an oven proof dish, then add a layer of lasagne sheets. Add another layer of chicken and again lasagne sheets. Pour the white sauce on top of the final layer of lasagne sheets and spread it out evenly. Top with the grated cheese.
  8. Pop in the oven for 30 minutes until the top of the lasagne is golden brown. Serve with your choice of accompaniment.

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LizWednesday 13th April 2022

Is it really 500g of greek yoghourt? It seems a lot. Xx

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    HollyThursday 14th April 2022

    Hi Liz, 500g Greek yoghurt is correct. If you’d like to use less you could and alter the calories accordingly hope that helps!

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