Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini


Boneless chicken breast meat adds flavor to this lovely Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini casserole of cooked penne pasta in a creamy herb sauce.  Great idea for a dinner to bring to someone!

Boneless chicken breast meat adds flavor to this lovely Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini casserole of cooked penne pasta in a creamy herb sauce.

This creamy chicken casserole dish is one of my new favorite comfort meals and I’ll tell you why I chose today to share it.  I have a good blog friend named Ashley (great name, right?) who blogs over at Center Cut Cook.  She is going through some incredibly tough times right now in her life.  Not too long ago, Ashley and her husband of 10 years (Ryan), were given the news that Ryan was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 29.  She found out she was pregnant the same week that they found out about Ryan after trying for a baby for many years.  Fast forward to the present where Ashley and Ryan’s infant son, who was born with a condition called Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 1, needs a life saving liver AND kidney transplant to fight end-stage kidney failure.  Primary Hyperoxaluria is a very rare genetic disease (1 in 5 million infants get this) and he needs to go for hemodialysis four days per week.

Baked Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini casserole recipe includes cooked  pasta in a garlic creamy herb sauce.

Today, I joined a group of other food bloggers who are on a mission to support Ashley and her family during this time!  We are all posting recipes today on our blogs with the food theme of “comfort food” – dishes you would take to someone who just had a baby, surgery, or has a sick family member. These are meals that ease the burden of meal planning because they can be made ahead of time and just popped in the oven to heat up (and/or they are freezer-friendly to be saved for a later time!).

This Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini fits the bill and is a freezer-friendly dish as well as a great way to use up that leftover chicken.  Give it a try for your own family or make it for a family who is in need.  Also, check out all of the other bloggers wonderful dishes below!

Ashley said it well when she said “I don’t know why God has decided to take us down this path, but I have to believe it’s for a reason.”  She is such an upbeat, positive person through this all!  If you are interested, there is a fundraiser page where you can read more about Ashley’s story, make a donation if you feel so led, and see an adorable photo of her hubby and son while you’re at it. 🙂

Here are the comfort food dishes from all of the other fabulous bloggers:

Sugar Dish Me made this Easy Chicken Broccoli Bake
That Skinny Chick Can Bake made Mexican Chicken Manicotti
Food faith & Fitness made a Paleo Casserole with Turkey, Peppers, Zucchini, and Tomato
Spend with Pennies made Chicken Noodle Casserole (from Scratch)
Frugal Foodie Mama made Pizza Pierogi Casserole
Snappy Gourmet made Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole
Miss in the Kitchen made a Chicken and Mushroom Tortellini Bake
Life, Love, and Good Food made this Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole
Bless This Mess made Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad
Mandy’s Recipe Box collected 30 Freezer Meals
Hugs and Cookies made Baked Parmesan Meatball Casserole
Barbara Bakes made this Veal & Wild Mushroom Stew
A Cedar Spoon made Sausage, Roasted Red Pepper, & Gouda Macaroni & Cheese
It’s Yummi made an Easy Cheese & Sausage Pizza Bake
A Family Feast made these Easy Freezer Meatballs
Stuck on Sweet made Homemade Goulash
Two Healthy Kitchens made a 5-Ingredient Easy Pasta Bake
It Bakes Me Happy made a Peach Skillet Galette

Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini
Recipe type: dinner
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Serves: 6-8
Boneless chicken breast meat adds flavor to this lovely Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini casserole of cooked penne pasta in a creamy herb sauce.
  • 9 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2¼ teaspoons salt
  • 1¼ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, room temperature
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 12 ounces pasta (I used Penne)
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • ¼ cup dried Italian-style breadcrumbs
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Spread 1 tablespoon of butter over a 13 x 9 baking dish.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon each of butter and oil in a deep large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
  4. Add the chicken to the hot pan and cook until pale golden and just cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate to cool slightly.
  5. Coarsely shred the chicken into bite-size pieces and into a large bowl.
  6. Meanwhile, add 1 tablespoon each of butter and oil to the same pan. Add the mushrooms and saute over medium-high heat until the liquid from the mushrooms evaporates and the mushrooms become pale golden, about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add the onion, garlic, and thyme, and saute until the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until it evaporates, about 2 minutes.
  8. Transfer the mushroom mixture to the bowl with the chicken.Melt 3 more tablespoons butter in the same pan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 2 minutes.
  9. Whisk in the milk, cream, broth, nutmeg, remaining 1¾ teaspoons salt, and remaining ¾ teaspoon pepper. Increase the heat to high.
  10. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, until the sauce thickens slightly, whisking often, about 10 minutes.
  11. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until it is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 9 minutes. Drain.
  12. Add the pasta, sauce, peas, and parsley to the chicken mixture. Toss until the sauce coats the pasta and the mixture is well blended.
  13. Transfer the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish. Stir the cheese and breadcrumbs in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the pasta.
  14. Dot with the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter.
  15. Bake, uncovered, until golden brown on top and the sauce bubbles, about 25 minutes.

 Recipe source:  adapted from the Food Network

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24 Responses to “Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini”

  1. April 24, 2015 at 8:15 AM #

    Thank you for sharing this story with us. I pray that everyone who reads about their story, will be touched in some way. We have so much to be thankful for.. xoxo

  2. April 24, 2015 at 8:54 AM #

    Now, though, I’m all over it. I NEED these.

  3. April 24, 2015 at 9:09 AM #

    We love chicken tetrazzini around here! Cannot wait to try your recipe! So glad to join you in helping the Wagner family.

  4. April 24, 2015 at 9:24 AM #

    Sending comforting thoughts to the other Ashley and her precious family…

  5. April 24, 2015 at 9:57 AM #

    I can’t even deal with Ashley’s whole thing-it makes me so sad 🙁 I’m so glad the community is pulling together to help! I shared it on my fb awhile back, I hope all of this helps!

    and this is perfect comfort food-I would 100% loooove it

  6. Chef Ramesses II
    April 24, 2015 at 10:26 AM #

    I cannot wait to make this. What would you recommend to make a tad spicy? Nefertari will love it!

    • April 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM #

      Red Chili flakes! Or chopped up Jalapeno peppers? Use your imagination 🙂

  7. April 24, 2015 at 10:40 AM #

    Love that this is freezer friendly (and family friendly!). I really need to get some casseroles in my freezer. Great working with you on this project!

  8. April 24, 2015 at 12:04 PM #

    That looks like a great casserole. So sorry about that sweet young family, praying for them….

    • April 24, 2015 at 12:53 PM #

      Awww thanks for the nice comment!

  9. April 24, 2015 at 2:40 PM #

    this is a wonderful comfort food dish…definitely a crowd pleaser

  10. April 24, 2015 at 4:23 PM #

    Kudos to all the bloggers banding together to support one of our own. This comforting recipe would be a wonderful thing to share with someone who needs supporting.

  11. April 24, 2015 at 4:24 PM #

    Ooh, I’ve never had Chicken Tetrazzini, but this looks so delicious. I want to have a big bowl of this. 🙂

  12. April 24, 2015 at 7:18 PM #

    I think of Ashley, Ryan and little Miles everyday. Let’s hope that fund keeps growing!

    This casserole would be the perfect thing to bring to someone who is in need of a comforting meal.

  13. April 24, 2015 at 7:26 PM #

    This is a perfect dish to bring someone. So comforting. After Thanksgiving my Mom used leftover turkey in this dish and it was awesome. Great partnering with you for Ashley and her family!

  14. April 25, 2015 at 12:20 PM #

    Such a great freezer meal or just pass off to be reheated and enjoyed for leftovers for a few days. Looks like a great meal.

  15. April 25, 2015 at 8:16 PM #

    This is definitely comfort food. You guys are awesome for doing this.

  16. April 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM #

    All my best to Ashley and her family. Comfort food and providing a meal for someone is one small way we can all help and make a little difference in their day. Your deliciously creamy chicken tetrazzini is a great choice.

  17. April 27, 2015 at 8:11 AM #

    After a busy weekend, I’m finally catching up and checking out all of the great recipes everyone made for this fundraiser! This looks amazing Ashley!

  18. April 27, 2015 at 8:57 AM #

    Such an amazing chicken dish and such a wonderful thing y’all are doing for Ashley and her family!

  19. April 27, 2015 at 11:13 AM #

    You guys are amazing for collecting donations for Ashley! You certainly picked the perfect comfort meal – I want to dig in an stuff my face with this 🙂 It looks sooo yummy!!

  20. April 30, 2015 at 9:50 PM #

    Hi Ashley! It’s so amazing that we can do something so small … and hopefully have a great impact for this sweet family!! I just love the collection of recipes – especially this fabulous chicken tetrazzini! Looks comforting to me! 🙂

  21. May 1, 2015 at 8:09 AM #

    Ashley! You are awesommmme. Thank you so much for making this awesome Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini and for pitching in every time there is an effort like this for a friend. I’m so happy to know you and appreciate you so much!!


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