Chicken Tetrazini

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5 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

This Chicken Tetrazini will easily become a family favorite, you’ll have to add this one to your own personal cookbook. Creamy pasta, tender chicken and a pop of veggies make this dish a keeper.

Chicken Tetrazzini in closeup.

Chicken Tetrazini is perfect if you’re looking for an easy, yet delicious and healthy recipe that everyone will enjoy. There is just something so satisfying and comforting about a meal like this that just makes a meal special.

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What We Love About This Tetrazzini Chicken Recipe

This dish is American not Italian in origin and is actually named after a famous opera singer, find out more here.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Have this Chicken Tetrazini on the table in 30 minutes or less.
  • Easy Ingredients: This recipe contains pantry friendly ingredients that you probably already have.
  • Family Friendly: Your family love this this creamy pasta bake.
A red plate with a serving of Chicken Tetrazzini.

Ingredient Notes for this Tetrazzini Recipe

  • Butter: For this recipe you will need 1/4 cup butter, divided. I recommend using salted butter. You can also use olive oil.
  • Onion: You will need 1 small onion or medium onion, you can use a yellow or white onion.
  • Mushrooms: You will need fresh mushrooms, baby bella or white mushrooms.
  • Milk: I recommend use either whole milk or 2%. You use light cream or half heavy cream to make this pasta extra rich and creamy.
  • Thyme: Dried or fresh thyme both work.
  • Chicken Broth: You can use chicken, beef, or vegetable broth, however I recommend using chicken broth. Additionally you could also use cooking white wine.
  • Pasta: I used rotini, but penne or any other pasta shape of your choice will work.
  • Green Peas: You will need frozen peas.
  • Chicken: You will need cooked chicken. You can use a rotisserie chicken. This a great way to use leftovers. You can also use turkey.
  • Parmesan Cheese: For this recipe you will need grated parmesan cheese.
  • Flour: You will need 1/4 cup flour. I recommend using all purpose.
Chicken, pasta, cheese , flour and seasoning for chicken dish.

Equipment Needed for Chicken Tetrazini Casserole

  • Large Pot
  • Small Bowl
  • Whisk
  • 8×8 inch Casserole Dish
  • Wooden Spoon or Nonstick Spatula
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board

How to Make Chicken Tetrazini Recipe

These are the basic steps for making Chicken Tetrazini. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Cookng mushrooms and seasonings.

STEP 1: PREPPING

Start by chopping up chicken into small 1 inch pieces, diced up your onion, and slice the mushrooms. Prepare your pasta according to package instructions.

STEP 2: SAUTE ONIONS AND MUSHROOMS

To make the sauce, melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Once melted, add the onion cook for about 4 minutes then add in the sliced mushrooms cook for another 4 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.

Cooking the pasta and making the sauce.

STEP 3: MAKE THE SAUCE

In the pot add flour to the the butter to create a roux, then whisk in milk. Season sauce with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper and mix. Turn to medium-low heat and allow to cook for about 8 minutes to thicken the sauce then stir in seasonings, chicken broth, chicken, peas, and pasta.

Combinging all the ingreidents together for the finished dish.

STEP 4: COOK CHICKEN TETRAZZINI

Set the oven to broil. In an 8×8 inch casserole dish, fill with pasta chicken mixture and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Place the casserole dish in the oven and broil until the cheese is perfectly golden brown. Remove from the oven, top with fresh parsley and serve!

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

To make this recipe ahead of time, you can make the pasta mixture and prepare a casserole dish with the pasta, cover dish and store in the fridge for 1-3 days until you are ready to cook in the oven.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

To store any leftovers, add to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

You can freeze this recipe to make at another time. To freeze, store in an aluminum tray covered.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat this recipe, you can reheat in the casserole in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or reheat in a microwave safe dish for 1-2 minutes in the microwave.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE MEAT FREE

If you are making this recipe for a vegetarian, you can take out the chicken and sub the chicken broth for vegetable broth for a creamy and delicious mushroom and pea pasta.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE BROCCOLI IN PLACE OF PEAS?

You can sub peas for broccoli or another other vegetable your prefer.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, just increase or decrease ingredients proportionally.

WHAT IS CHICKEN TETRAZINI MADE OF?

This chicken tetrazzini casserole is chicken, pasta, chicken broth, milk, peas, mushrooms, flour, and seasonings.

Chicken on a red plate with eggs in the background.

Expert Tips for Making This Tetrazini Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe to bring to potlucks or family reunions. Just increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two casserole dishes before broiling.
  • Vegetables: If peas or mushrooms are not a favorite or your picky eaters won’t touch them, swap for other vegetables that you like better. You can use veggies such as red peppers, spinach, broccoli, or zucchini.
  • Easy Turkey Tetrazzini: You can use turkey in place of chicken. This is an easy to transform leftover turkey into something delicious.
  • Cream of Chicken: In place of chicken broth, you can use cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup.

What to Serve with Tetrazzini Chicken Pasta

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Chicken Tetrazzini in closeup.
5 from 2 votes

Chicken Tetrazzini

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
This Chicken Tetrazini will easily become a family favorite, you'll have to add this one to your own personal cookbook.
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Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, divided
  • 1 Medium Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Milk
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 8 oz Pasta, approximately 2 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup Green Peas, we used frozen
  • 2 cups Chopped, Cooked Chicken
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  • Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Once hot and melted, add the onions and cook until golden, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until your desired color and texture. (We did 4 minutes.)
  • Remove the onions and mushrooms to a small bowl.
  • Place the remaining butter in the pot.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the pasta according to package directions.
  • Whisk the flour into the hot, melted butter to form a roux, then whisk in the milk. Season with salt, pepper and thyme and cook for 8 minutes until thickened.
  • Stir in the chicken broth, pasta, green peas and cooked chicken and cook until chicken is warmed through.
  • Set oven to broil.
  • Pour the pasta mixture into an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish and sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese overtop.
  • Place the casserole dish in the oven and broil until cheese is golden and melted.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe to bring to potlucks or family reunions. Just increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two casserole dishes before broiling.
  • Vegetables: If peas or mushrooms are not a favorite or your picky eaters won’t touch them, swap for other vegetables that you like better. You can use veggies such as red peppers, spinach, broccoli, or zucchini.
  • Easy Turkey Tetrazzini: You can use turkey in place of chicken. This is an easy to transform leftover turkey into something delicious.
  • Cream of Chicken: In place of chicken broth, you can use cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 684mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 604IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course: dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, dinner, milk, mushroom cream sauce, mushrooms, pasta bake, peas, tetrazzini

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