Lightened Up Chicken Parmesan Lasagna


For the Ground Chicken:
2 teaspoons olive oil (I used extra virgin but use whatever brand/variety you like best)
3 cloves Garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, optional (but they give a nice kick!)
1 lb. Ground Chicken
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

For the Panko:
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1/3 cup Whole Wheat Panko Bread Crumbs

For Lasagna:
12 Lasagna Noodles, boiled according to package
2 1/2 cups Ricotta Cheese (I used whole-milk here, but you may use skim)
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
3 1/2 cups Marinara Sauce, Store-bought or Homemade will work OK
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, finely grated

Fresh Basil and Parsley, chopped


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