Skip to Content

25 Best Chicken Tetrazzini Recipes (All Types)

Photo collage of different types of Chicken Tetrazzini recipes.

Luisa Tetrazzini was a well-known opera singer in the early twentieth century. She made her American debut in 1905 after touring Europe, Spain, South America, and Russia. The Palace Hotel’s chef was so impressed by her that he named his baked chicken dish, Chicken Tetrazzini, after her.

We won’t be shocked if you want to sing after eating this nutritious and straightforward pasta dish. Although this is an old recipe, this chicken casserole pasta dish is still relevant today. Over the holidays, it has become a tradition in many American homes to take leftover chicken or turkey and create this creamy, cheesy comfort food.

This is truly an American classic, and chicken tetrazzini is eaten worldwide.

1. April’s Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

The best chicken tetrazzini on a bowl.

=> Click here for the recipe

Here’s a rich pasta dinner recipe that the whole family will love. April’s Chicken Tetrazzini dish has a light flavor profile to suit those that don’t want a full array of spices. Still, this dish may be adjusted to fit each diner’s preferences.

So adapt this recipe to your family’s tastes by adding your favorite vegetables and spices to the sauce. The tetrazzini that April suggests only needs 35 minutes in the oven and 20 minutes to prepare. Starting with raw chicken and sautéing it in a frying pan adds more time to the preparation process.

Using rotisserie chicken from the supermarket or drained canned chicken instead will affect the preparation time. Although the default serving size for this American classic is 4, you can quickly increase that number by clicking a button. Look for the serving size modifier in the list of ingredients section and enjoy this easy-to-prepare classic.

2. Natasha’s Chicken Tetrazzini Dutch Oven Casserole

Close-up shot of Chicken Tetrazzini with fork.

=> Click here for the recipe

Comfort food at its finest, this chicken tetrazzini from Natasha is a cheesy pasta dish loaded with juicy chicken and luscious mushrooms. It’s so rich and creamy that it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The tetrazzini that Natasha suggests needs 65 minutes in the oven and about 15 minutes to prepare.

You will also save on cleaning time since this dish is made in a dutch oven from start to finish. She says this is the perfect amount for feeding 8 people, given her chosen ingredients and portions. Of course, you can always save some leftovers in the freezer to reheat later.

3. BellyFull’s Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

Homemade and Easy to cook Chicken Tetrazzini.

=> Click here for the recipe

Everyone adores this all-time favorite rich and cheesy Chicken Tetrazzini pasta meal because it is simple to prepare. This traditional comfort cuisine is excellent for a quick dinner with leftover chicken, turkey, or seafood. This dish can be prepared in advance and can even be frozen.

BellyFull says it is best when accompanied by garlic bread, mushroom rice, roasted carrots, or a simple salad. The total time for cooking this rich Tetrazzini Chicken dish is 60 minutes. You will need to prep it for 15 minutes and cook it for 45 minutes in the oven.

Bring this dish to your next potluck. The people will love it.

4. Giada De Laurentiis’s Chicken Tetrazzini

Chicken tetrazzini on a white plate.

=> Click here for the recipe

The Food Network shares Giada’s chicken tetrazzini recipe. She shows you how to make this chicken tetrazzini from scratch with a tasty Béchamel sauce. Béchamel sauce is a basic sauce made with roux (flour and butter), cream, chicken broth, and milk.

This creamy sauce will give the dish the richness it deserves. Since you will make everything from scratch with this recipe, it is more involved for a beginner-level cook. The total time for this dish is 135 minutes, broken down into 35 minutes of prep time and 60 minutes of cooking time in the oven.

You can expect between 6-8 portions from these ingredients.

5. Nagi’s Creamy “Italian” Baked Pasta Chicken Tetrazzini

A delicious baked pasta chicken tetrazzini on a white plate.

=> Click here for the recipe

Nagi suggests making everything from scratch to enhance the flavor profile. She says to cook the chicken first. The flavorful golden drippings you left behind will blend with the sauce and intensify its flavor. It’s only necessary to partially cook the chicken, browning it on all sides since it will complete its cook time in the oven.

Then, split the chicken into tiny pieces to blend into the pasta. She also makes a Béchamel sauce but adds cheese to it for more creaminess. Please consider serving some vegetables on the side.

It will help you feel this is a bit more healthy. Finally, add a side of Garlic Bread or Cheesy Garlic Bread. This dish serves 8 people with a 15 minutes prep and 60 minutes cook time.

6. Lil Luna’s Chicken Tetrazzini

Easy Chicken Tetrazzini, Chicken and pasta in a creamy sauce with lots of flavor.

=> Click here for the recipe

One of Kristyn from Lil Luna’s favorite meals is this roasted chicken. Everyone loves a creamy pasta dish, and this one does not disappoint. The ingredients list makes it easy to imagine how delicious it will be with sour cream, butter, cream of chicken, and pasta topped with stretchy mozzarella cheese. Wow!

She gives a few side dishes one can serve with the creamy chicken tetrazzini. Besides the garlic bread, most recipes suggest trying baked asparagus, breadsticks, fried zucchini, roasted Brussels sprouts, or a pesto salad. You can serve 8 people after 15 minutes of prep and 40 minutes of cook time.

7. Family Fresh Meals Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

Creamy and cheesy chicken tetrazzini.

=> Click here for the recipe

Family fresh meals bring us another version of chicken tetrazzini that is not made from scratch. The aim of their recipe is to get everything done as quickly and with the least amount of effort possible. This is a quick and easy dish for a busy weeknight.

Don’t think it will not be delicious, though. They used spaghetti instead of linguine, cream of chicken soup instead of producing a Béchamel sauce, and mushroom soup in a can instead of sautéing mushrooms to simplify. The prep time is now down to 10 minutes, and the cooking time is set for 45 minutes.

Therefore under an hour, you can serve 8 people.

8. Ruth’s Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

Top view shot of Spaghetti with Chicken a la Tetrazzini.

=> Click here for the recipe

Marian Collins gave us Ruth Clark’s easy chicken tetrazzini recipe on the allrecipes website. Her recipe is a straightforward dish with spaghetti and 5 cubed chicken breasts to serve 8 persons. However, you will end up with a lot of sauce in this one since she suggests 2 cans of chicken soup (condensed cream) and 2 ¼ cups of water.

I don’t think one can have too much creamy mushroom soup. Where will you dip the bread? To change it up a bit, you can substitute one of the chicken soups for a can of mushroom soup and change the chicken for tuna or turkey.

Tuna and turkey are lower calorically, so it might be a great substitute if you try to cut back a bit.

9. Betty Crocker’s Chicken Tetrazzini

Baked Cream Cheese chicken tetrazzini on wooden table.

=> Click here for the recipe

Here we have Betty Crocker’s chicken tetrazzini recipe. The total cooking time is around 1 hour and 20 min, giving you 9 servings. This sauce is made from canned soup and pre-cooked chicken.

She advises sautéing the mushrooms to release the most contained moisture before adding it to the dish. Although this is a quick and easy chicken pasta dish, we can see from the comments she got it seems the recipe is a bit bland, so you will need to spice it up a bit. But if bland is more your style, this is right up your alley.

10. Lauren’s Comforting Chicken Tetrazzini

Tetrazzini chicken with mushrooms and fresh grated parmesan cheese.

=> Click here for the recipe

You can prepare it with or without spinach; she enjoys it with it because that is how her mom made it. It’s a great way to repurpose leftover chicken or turkey and can be made in less than 30 minutes. What we like about her recipe is that she gave a lot of suggestions to make it healthier.

She suggests substituting the sour cream for plain Greek yogurt and limiting the cheese you add to the final product. Using whole wheat spaghetti and turkey will also make it a lighter meal.

11. Easy Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe From I Wash You Dry

Tetrazzini chicken pasta casserole in a baking dish with ingredients at background.

=> Click here for the recipe

What we like about this recipe is that she gives you options. There are many substitute suggestions and ways to prepare this easy chicken tetrazzini dish. Between all the options, you will find the perfect pasta and protein combination infused with the kind of sauce your family likes.

She even gives you advice as to how to freeze and store the leftovers. Pair this delicious chicken pasta with a salad, roasted broccoli, glazed carrots, and creamed spinach, or maybe try to make some garlic breadsticks. Here’s how to make garlic breadsticks at home.

12. BBC Food’s Easy Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Tetrazzini pasta, cream sauce, chicken meat, grated cheese, green peas, mushrooms casserole in a baking dish with ingredients at background.

=> Click here for the recipe

BBC food features Justine’s chicken tetrazzini recipe that is easy to cook under an hour. Her variation on this classic dish is to add peas to the casserole topping it with a combination of breadcrumbs and cheese. This is a smaller portioned dish serving only 4 persons.

Also, she suggests swapping out the raw garlic with dried garlic powder or granules and the thyme for rosemary. Then, incorporate chopped fresh parsley while combining spaghetti, chicken, and soup to boost the flavor.

13. Martha Stewart’s Chicken Tetrazzini

Creamy, Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti , satisfying baked spaghetti casserole dish.

=> Click here for the recipe

This chicken tetrazzini recipe with parmesan and peas is one of the older ones with a date stamp from 2007. Going through the comments and over 1000 ratings, we saw a mixed response to this recipe. Some like it; many suggested adding flavor to it, and others did not. The roux and mushrooms were cooked to perfection, and we appreciated the white wine deglaze and the way it was incorporated into the roux.

You will see that this one gets a lot of parmesan cheese. We also liked their suggestion to split the portion in two. Preparing one for the freezer to enjoy at another time and one on the day of preparation.

14. Linda’s Chicken Tetrazzini

Tetrazzini chicken pasta casserole in a baking dish with ingredients at background, american cuisine, view from above.

=> Click here for the recipe

Linda’s freezer-friendly chicken tetrazzini has some exciting ingredients we did not see before. First, she adds evaporated milk which is unsweetened condensed milk, to the sauce. Evaporated milk has a rich, creamy caramel taste that will enhance the sauce’s flavor.

Then she adds bacon and onions to the dish and uses shell pasta instead of the usual linguine or spaghetti. You can divide the chicken tetrazzini between two dishes adding cheddar cheese. After the cheese has melted and begun to brown in the oven, you can remove it.

The second dish can be left to cool, covered, and frozen for up to three months while enjoying the first dish on the day.

15. Michael’s Chicken Tetrazzini

Tetrazzini with chicken, mushrooms and fresh grated parmesan cheese macro.

=> Click here for the recipe

The Spice House features Michael’s tetrazzini recipe with more spice than usual. He adds roasted garlic powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, ground rosemary, and French-style ground thyme. Although he mentions using leftover turkey, the recipe also suggests using chicken.

Finally, he adds egg, anchovy paste, and wine to the already flavorful dish. Since this is made from leftover chicken or turkey, the cooking time is less than an hour, serving 6-8 people.

16. Lindsay’s Chicken Tetrazzini

Easy Chicken Tetrazzini, Chicken and pasta in a creamy sauce with lots of flavor.

=> Click here for the recipe

Lindsay has an interesting take on this chicken tetrazzini dish. For her, the ingredients will satisfy most people, and it is a delicious dish. Still, neighbors brought her this chicken casserole when she went through a difficult patch.

Therefore her take on this dish is to make and share it with someone else. What a lovely gesture to help those going through a tough time. The ingredients are egg noodles paired with rotisserie chicken and a creamy white wine mushroom sauce topped with parmesan cheese.

It will take 75 minutes to prepare and share this dish with someone else.

17. Champagne Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Creamy baked chicken alfredo with penne pasta topped with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses and panko breadcrumbs.

=> Click here for the recipe

The first time I heard of champagne going into the food, I thought wow, that seems like a waste of a great ingredient. However, I have since learned that most recipes talk about champagne vinegar. Some do add real champagne to their dishes, and good for you if you can do that, but for most, we will settle for a rich infused champagne mustard.

See how to make champagne mustard here. Here we have a comforting bowl of Champagne Chicken Tetrazzini with roast chicken, garlic mushrooms, and spaghetti doused in a buttery wine and Monterey Jack and parmesan cheese sauce.

18. Keto Chicken Tetrazzini

A delicious Keto Chicken Tetrazzini on a white plate.

=> Click here for the recipe

It is challenging to place chicken tetrazzini and keto in the same sentence. Can chicken tetrazzini be keto? Regular chicken tetrazzini is generally made with wheat noodles.

Even if it’s cooked using gluten-free noodles, it still might include too many carbohydrates. Choosing the right ingredients (Palmini noodles) is the key here. You can use any gluten-free pasta, but Trina says the Palmini noodles take this to the next level.

Her cheese selections are mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

19. Dairy-Free Chicken Tetrazzini

Chicken tetrazzini with penne pasta topped with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses and panko breadcrumbs.

=> Click here for the recipe

If dairy is not your thing, you should try this dairy-free chicken tetrazzini alternative. Instead of using heavy cream, substitute it with olive oil and light coconut milk. Without the cheese, you would expect the dish to be somewhat bland.

However, adding smoky paprika and unsweetened coconut flakes gives it much-needed flavor. It will help to increase the number of vegetables and add more fiber. Use only whole-wheat ingredients, including flour, pasta, and bread crumbs.

The total cooking time is around 45 minutes, and it will serve 4 persons.

20. Paleo Chicken Tetrazzini

A close-up of roasted turkey breast tetrazzini served on a white plate with golden fork and knife on a wooden table.

=> Click here for the recipe

Despite common misconceptions, a Paleo diet does not need you to eat just tasteless fare. This dairy-free tetrazzini sauce pairs perfectly with rotisserie chicken. It’s packed with flavor, even with grain-free spaghetti and dairy-free cheese.

It may become a staple in your home. In this recipe, they used cassava pasta. Still, if that is a carb problem, you can always use spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.

Be warned though, zucchini noodles will make the dish watery. It’s a breeze to throw together this paleo chicken tetrazzini serving 8 under an hour.

21. Easy Gluten Free Chicken Tetrazzini

Easy Gluten Free Chicken Tetrazzini on a white plate.

=> Click here for the recipe

By this time, you should know that chicken tetrazzini is a pasta dish with chicken and a creamy sauce. To make a gluten-free version that is quick to prepare, use rotisserie chicken (many chain stores prepare gluten-free rotisserie chicken) with mushrooms. This gluten-free chicken tetrazzini recipe is tender and flavorful with creamy sauce.

Sandi says that the best gluten-free spaghetti that holds up well in a casserole is made by Jovial or Tinkyada. She also uses tapioca flour to thicken the sauce, which is an excellent alternative to grain flour containing gluten. Remember, Tapioca flour has almost no essential nutrients but is also empty of calories.

Also, adding a sharp cheddar-flavored cheese to the dish will elevate it even more.

22. Chicken Tetrazzini With Cheddar & Pimentos

Top view shot of Chicken Tetrazzini With Cheddar & Pimentos.

=> Click here for the recipe

What we liked about this version of chicken tetrazzini was the addition of pimentos and nuts. Pimentos have a mild spicy flavor with a hint of sweetness to them. The toasted slivered almonds paired with nutmeg add something special to the overall flavor profile of this dish.

They added common ingredients like chicken, mushrooms, garlic, and onions. Still, the addition of celery, bell pepper, and Worcestershire sauce was unexpected. Everything goes together quickly, and the sharp cheddar and dry sherry elevate the creamy sauce.

Topped and baked with parmesan cheese for 20 minutes, and you have a winner.

23. Easy Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole With Rotel

Creamy and cheesy Easy Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole With Rotel.

=> Click here for the recipe

Classic chicken tetrazzini has a creamy white sauce, but we found a recipe that uses Rotel in the mix. Rotel’s main ingredient is tomatoes if you are unfamiliar with the brand. None of the recipes we featured thus far used tomatoes in their dish.

You will find that this recipe follows all the usual steps in making a chicken tetrazzini, with the only difference being the can or 2 of tomatoes. The whole-wheat spaghetti with fat-free cream of chicken soup brings everything together after a brief 15 minutes in the oven to melt the cheddar on top. You can serve 8 people with these ingredients by pairing them with a loaf of crusty bread.

24. Gordon Ramsay’s Crock Pot Chicken Tetrazzini

Crock Pot Chicken Tetrazzini on wooden background.

=> Click here for the recipe

This slow and steady crock pot chicken tetrazzini takes around 10 hours to cook to perfection. The idea is to place all the ingredients except the cream cheese into the crock pot on high for 3 hours. Then you put the pot on low for another 7 hours.

Set and forget is the aim here. Finally, 30 minutes before serving, add the cream cheese and prepare the linguine pasta. The Italian mix is enough seasoning to infuse flavor into the chicken over 10 hours.

Still, you can always add spices to your liking. Serve with bread or any other side dish you prefer.

25. Chicken Tetrazzini For 100

Simple Chicken Tetrazzini in casserole.

=> Click here for the recipe

We looked at various chicken tetrazzini recipes, and all portion servings range between 4 and 12. Then we came across this old army quartermaster recipe that is enough for 100 men. We are glad to share this gem with you since you sometimes have a large gathering.

Whether for a funeral, church gathering, or family reunion, this chicken tetrazzini pasta dish will be a great main dish. Think of all the side dishes you can add to this anchor meal. Various types of vegetables like roasted carrots, broccoli, peas, or even Brussels sprouts.

Think of the many salads you can add to the plate. Finally, imagine having a table exclusively for bread. Garlic bread, bread sticks, thick crust loaves, or plain old rolls and buns. Of course, you can add several kinds of cheese to the mix. Now, this sounds like a feast.