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Easy Chicken Tetrazzini (+Video)

A hearty and tasty meal, this Easy Chicken Tetrazzini uses simple ingredients to create a comforting, flavorful and a perfect family dinner!

A TASTY CHICKEN PASTA RECIPE

If you are looking for a fantastic weeknight meal (that also makes for great leftovers) then look no further! This Easy Chicken Tetrazzini is exactly what you need. This is a family approved dinner and is one of my go-tos when I have leftover chicken. Plus, this comes together in no time and it will be one of those dishes that you will want add to your regular menu rotation!

Serving spoon in baking dish with Easy Chicken Tetrazzini.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I add other vegetables to this recipe?

Absolutely! If you don’t like peas – that’s ok! You can add any of your favorite frozen vegetables.

I don’t like cream of mushroom soup, can I use another?

Yes. You can substitute it for cream of celery, cream of chicken or cream of cheddar. Honestly, no one even tastes mushrooms at all in this recipe (because I don’t like mushrooms either.) If you want a fresher taste, you can even make your own Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup or Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup.

Can I use a different pasta?

Spaghetti is traditional for tetrazzini. However, you can swap out the spaghetti with fettuccine or even a short pasta like rotini or penne.

What other cheese can I use?

While we really like the flavor of the mozzarella you can use any of your favorite. Some others that I have tried include: cheddar, Colby Jack, Monterey Jack, pepper jack, fontina, smoked gouda and gruyere. Make sure that they are freshly grated, that way they melt better.

What chicken is the best to use?

I use leftover cooked chicken or store bought rotisserie chicken. Even leftover turkey or ham work too!

How do I store leftovers?

This can be stored in an airtight container or in the baking dish wrapped in plastic wrap where it will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. You can also freeze this. Place in a freezer container or wrap the baking dish in plastic wrap then foil where it will keep for up to 3 months. To defrost, remove to the refrigerator overnight until thawed. Reheat in the microwave until heated through.

Easy Chicken Tetrazzini on plate with tea in background, Pinterest image.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • spaghetti noodles
  • salted butter
  • sweet onion
  • garlic
  • all-purpose flour
  • milk
  • unsalted chicken stock
  • cream of mushroom soup
  • shredded cooked chicken
  • frozen peas
  • sour cream
  • salt and pepper
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
Ingredients needed: spaghetti noodles, salted butter, sweet onion, garlic, all-purpose flour, milk, unsalted chicken stock, cream of mushroom soup, shredded cooked chicken, frozen peas, sour cream, dried parsley flakes, kosher salt, pepper and shredded mozzarella cheese.

HOW TO MAKE EASY CHICKEN TETRAZZINI:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray, set aside. Cook the spaghetti noodles per the directions on the back of the box, drain well, and set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, add the butter. Once melted, add the onion and cook until softened. Stir occasionally (about 10 minutes.)

Onions being cooked in dutch oven.

Add the garlic and stir it in until fragrant (about 30 seconds.)

Onions sautéing in dutch oven.

Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.

Flour added to onions in dutch oven.

Slowly stream in the milk and chicken stock while constantly whisking to avoid lumps.

Milk and chicken stock added to dutch oven.

Add the cream of mushroom soup and whisk it in until combined.

Cream of mushroom soup added to dutch oven.

Add the chicken, peas, sour cream, dried parsley, salt, and pepper, and stir well until everything is combined.

Chicken, peas, sour cream, dried parsley, salt, and pepper added to the dutch oven.

Lastly, add the cooked noodles to the pot and coat the noodles well in the sauce.

Pasta added to the dutch oven and stirred in.

Pour everything into the prepared baking dish. Top evenly with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Mixture added to prepared baking dish with cheese sprinkled on top.

Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes until bubbly. If desired, turn the broiler on high and broil the top to lightly brown the cheese. Keep an eye on it, or it might burn.

Finished Easy Chicken Tetrazzini in baking dish.

Garnish with more dried parsley, if desired, and serve.

White plate with Easy Chicken Tetrazzini with fork going into pasta.

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Easy Chicken Tetrazzini (+Video)

A hearty and tasty meal, this Easy Chicken Tetrazzini uses simple ingredients to create a comforting, flavorful and a perfect family dinner!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
  • Cook the spaghetti noodles per the directions on the back of the box, drain well, and set aside.
  • In a large pot over medium heat, add the butter. Once melted, add the onion and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and stir it in until fragrant (about 30 seconds.)
  • Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Slowly stream in the milk and chicken stock while constantly whisking to avoid lumps.
  • Add the cream of mushroom soup and whisk it in until combined.
  • Add the chicken, peas, sour cream, dried parsley, salt, and pepper, and stir well until everything is combined.
  • Lastly, add the cooked noodles to the pot and coat the noodles well in the sauce.
  • Pour everything into the prepared baking dish. Top evenly with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes until bubbly. If desired, turn the broiler on high and broil the top to lightly brown the cheese. Keep an eye on it, or it might burn.
  • Garnish with more dried parsley, if desired, and serve!

Video

Notes

  • Other pasta can be used, see above on options.
  • Add other frozen vegetables to your liking.
  • Switch out the cheese, see some of my favorites above.
  • This can be frozen, see above on how to do that.
  • To make this richer you can use half and half or heavy cream instead of milk.
  • Use your favorite shredded chicken or even diced.
  • Turkey and ham will work with this recipe.
  • Other soups can be used, see above for some suggestions.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 15g | Sodium: 298mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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