Sensational Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

lasagnaOne of my big resolutions this year is to be more prepared when it comes to cooking meals for my family. For me, that means trying to come up with several easy-to-make meals each week and shopping for them once instead of deciding each day what I feel like making and therefore making a trip to the grocery store nearly every day. So I've been on the hunt for easy dishes I know my family will like, and this slow-cooker buffalo chicken lasagna fits the bill.

It's hearty and filling and is really a complete meal with a salad or some bread. It calls for some blue cheese crumbles, but I usually leave those out of the dish since my kids don't care for them. You can always sprinkle some on top at the end for those who do enjoy it. I've seen numerous recipes for the dish, but I like this one I printed out awhile back from Food.com as it uses fresh peppers.

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Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

4 cooked chicken breast halves chopped
1 (28-ounce) jar of prepared pasta sauce
1 cup buffalo wing sauce
Uncooked traditional lasagna noodle
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
3 bell peppers
2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella and cheddar blend)
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles (optional)
1/4 cup water

Directions:

Use at least a 5-quart slow cooker, or cut back on the amount of ingredients.

In a large glass bowl, combine cooked and chopped chicken breasts, 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 peppers.

Sprinkle on a handful of shredded cheese.

Repeat layers until you run out of ingredients.

Add the blue 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 hours. When cooking time is complete, unplug and take off the lid of the crock. Let it sit for 20 minutes before cutting into it, or it will fall apart.


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