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Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Chicken Tetrazzini - a delicious concoction of spaghetti, chicken, mushrooms, carrots, and celery.

Do you need a recipe for a filling, creamy pasta dish that the whole family will enjoy? Our recipe for Chicken Tetrazzini is mildly flavored and can be changed and adapted to suit the tastes of anyone. You can add veggies to the sauce as well as other seasonings to truly make this recipe your own.

Preparation is quick and easy and even a middle schooler can learn to make this dish to serve the family. While the name definitely sounds Italian, did you know that the recipe Chicken Tetrazzini is an American made dish featuring chopped chicken, a creamy, buttery sauce, and delicious linguini pasta? While the origins of this recipe are murky, it is thought that Chicken Tetrazzini was invented between 1908 and 1910 by the chef Ernest Arbogast of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

He named his tasty concoction after the Italian opera singer, Luisa Tetrazzini. Other versions of this recipe exist, some of them using other kinds of meat, like Turkey Tetrazzini or Tuna Tetrazzini.  The beauty of this recipe is in its simplicity.

You will simply stir together the meat, sauce ingredients, and noodles, spread it in a casserole dish, top it with cheese and bake it. 

Chicken Tetrazzini - a delicious concoction of spaghetti, chicken, mushrooms, carrots, and celery.

Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

You can make this recipe even simpler by using a grocery store rotisserie chicken. Simply shred the meat and stir it into the recipe. However, if you want to use drained canned chicken, that is a simple way to include meat in the recipe without having to cook raw chicken. 
However, if you want to start with raw chicken, you can simply poach the chicken breasts in a pan of water. Add the chicken to the pot, cover with cold water, bring it to a full, rolling boil, and then put the lid on the pan. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes and the chicken will be perfectly cooked without getting overcooked and rubbery. 
Additionally, a quick sautee in a frying pan is also a great way to quickly cook the chicken for this recipe. Dice the chicken into 1 inch chunks and add a tablespoon of oil to a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook it until it is fully cooked and golden brown. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • Oven
  • Saucepan medium
  • Bowl microwave-safe
  • stirrer
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Baking Pan
  • Cooking spray
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tong or Scoop


  • 8 oz. linguini 
  • ¼ cup butter 
  • 4 Chicken breast cooked and diced
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese 
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese 
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    Set of ingredients in making of chicken tetrazzini Recipe
  • Heat a medium sized saucepan of water to boiling and cook the linguini according to the package instructions. Drain the pasta in a colander and set it aside until needed.
  • Melt the butter by placing it in a microwave-safe bowl and heating it in the microwave for 15 to 25 seconds. 
  • In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter, the cooked chicken, the cream of chicken soup, the sour cream, the salt, the pepper, minced garlic, and the chicken broth. Use a wire whisk to stir these together.
  • Add the drained, cooked noodles to this mixture and stir them all together with a wooden spoon. Stir the mixture until the pasta is fully coated with the sauce.
    Mixed ingredients of melted butter and cooked chicken.
  • Lightly grease a nine inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Spread the pasta, sauce, and chicken mixture in the baking pan. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and the Mozzarella cheese on the top of the pasta in an even layer. Add the parsley, sprinkling it over the cheeses.
    Mixture of pasta, melted cheese and sprinkled parmesan cheese -
  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake it in the preheated oven for 25 minutes covered with foil. Take the foil off of the pan and return it to the oven, baking it for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cheese is lightly browned and the dish is bubbly. 
    Close up shot of chicken tetrazzini served on a clear bowl.
  • Take the pan from the oven and let it cool for about 5 minutes before using tongs to scoop it out on to plates. Serve with a crusty roll and a side salad.
    Close up shot of small serving of chicken tetrazzini
Keyword Chicken Pasta Dinner Recipe, Tetrazzini

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You can also make this recipe your own in a variety of ways. You can add cooked vegetables to the mixture containing the chicken, sauce, and pasta. Steamed broccoli, cooked, frozen green peas, mushrooms, cooked green beans, or shredded, cooked spinach can add color and pizzazz to the recipe. 

If you do not have linguini on hand and you do not feel like making a mad dash to the grocery store right before dinner, you definitely can substitute other kinds of pasta. Spaghetti is the first choice since it is very similar to linguine. However, fettuccine or tagliatelle are good pasta options as well.

You can also season the recipe with herbs and spices that your family loves. Crushed red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce will add some spice to the sauce, and onion powder, oregano and thyme are herbs that can increase the flavor profile of this tasty dish. 

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