Chicken Tetrazzini

Chicken Tetrazzini – super delicious make-ahead casserole! Makes a great freezer meal!! Chicken, linguine, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, butter, chicken broth, salt, pepper, garlic, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese. SO creamy and delicious. Made this for dinner and everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters. This is definitely going in the dinner rotation!

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The BEST Chicken Tetrazzini

Chicken Tetrazzini is a holiday tradition in our family. My grandmother made the BEST chicken tetrazzini. It is my favorite recipe, but I am always open to trying new versions. I came across this version in one of my old cookbooks. It differed from my grandmother’s recipe with sour cream in the mixture. I thought that sounded interesting, so I gave it a try! OMG! SO good! Comfort food at its best. You must give this a try ASAP!

What does Tetrazzini mean?

This dish is named after Luisa Tetrazzini, a famous Italian opera star at the turn of the 20th century. She made her American debut in San Francisco in 1905. In her honor, chef Ernest Arbogast at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California, named his signature baked chicken dish, chicken tetrazzini, after her.

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How to Make Chicken Tetrazzini

This chicken casserole is super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente. Drain the pasta and set it aside. In a large bowl, whisk together cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, melted butter, chicken broth, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Stir in cooked chicken and pasta. Transfer the pasta mixture to a baking dish. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with cheese and bake until the cheese is melted and the casserole bubbly. 

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this casserole. You can use any leftover cooked chicken you have on hand. Chicken breasts, chicken thighs, chicken tenders are all great.
  • I use linguine noodles in this baked pasta. You can use any pasta shape you prefer. Spaghetti, fettuccine,vermicelli, or penne all work fine.
  • I suggest using low-sodium chicken broth.
    • Can substitute white wine for chicken broth for more flavor.
  • Feel free to add green peas, onions, or spinach to the casserole.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cream of Chicken Souphttps://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-cream-of-chicken-soup/
  • Can Chicken Tetrazzini be made in advance? Yes! Assemble the casserole and refrigerate overnight before baking.
  • Can Chicken Tetrazzini be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cool completely. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Place the dish in the freezer and freeze. 
    • When ready to bake, place the dish in the refrigerator overnight to thaw and bake as directed.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

What to Serve With Chicken Tetrazzini

baking dish of cheesy chicken tetrazzini

I used linguine noodles in this version of Chicken Tetrazzini. Chicken Legs prefers the thicker noodles to my usual thin spaghetti noodles. Overall, this was a hit! We served it with some green beans and homemade rolls. You could also serve this with the Creamy Italiano Salad I posted yesterday. That actually sounds really delicious! Totally doing that next time! Here are a few more recipes from the blog that go great with this delicious chicken casserole:

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Chicken Tetrazzini

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Chicken Tetrazzini – super delicious make-ahead casserole! Makes a great freezer meal!! Chicken, linguine, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, butter, chicken broth, salt, pepper, garlic, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese. SO creamy and delicious. Made this for dinner and everyone cleaned their plate! Even our picky eaters. This is definitely going in the dinner rotation! #chicken #casserole #freezermeal #chickendinner

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 300ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  • In a large bowl, combine chopped chicken, soups, sour cream, butter, broth, salt, pepper, garlic powder. Stir in cooked pasta.
  • Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Top with cheeses and parsley. Cover with aluminum foil.
  • Bake covered for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until bubbly and cheese is melted.

Notes:

Steph

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  1. How many days ahead can you make this dish before cooking? I was hoping to make Wednesday, refrigerate and cook Sunday, or should I freeze it until Sunday?

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