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Easy Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe is a simple skillet meal perfect for busy weeknights. The delicious cream sauce brings it all together and makes the chicken and mushrooms oh so tasty!

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This Easy Stove Top Recipes cooks easily in a skillet for a delicious one pot meal. The creamy, cheesy sauce makes this a family favorite meal.

If you love this recipe, then you must try this Chicken Broccoli Pasta or Chicken Scampi Recipe.

What is Chicken Tetrazzini?

Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe is easy to make casserole all made on the stovetop. The ingredients are cooked and combine to make a buttery, creamy sauce. Mix in chicken, turkey, or seafood to create a delicious weeknight meal.

Serve with your favorite and easy side dishes to complete this meal.

Ingredients

Chicken Tetrazzini Ingredients - chicken breast, linguine, butter, mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper, flour, chicken broth, heavy cream, parmesan cheese
  • Chicken Breast
  • Linguine
  • Butter
  • Mushrooms
  • Minced Garlic
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Chicken Broth or Chicken Stock
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Parmesan Cheese

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Variations Ideas

  • Change Meat – This recipe can be made with a variety of meat. It is also great to use leftover cooked chicken or a rotisserie chicken. We have even made it with leftover turkey to make turkey tetrazzini. It would also be delicious with shrimp.
  • Cream Soups – This mixture is even delicious with the addition with cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup.
  • Noodles – Feel free to change the noodles to what you prefer. You can substitute the linguine with spaghetti noodles or fettuccini noodles.
  • Sour Cream – You can substitute the sour cream for heavy cream.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the or add in different types of seasoning to what you prefer. Substitute minced garlic with garlic powder, add in chopped onion, or Italian Seasoning.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Cook the linguine based on the package instructions.  Drain and save some of the pasta water.
  • Step 2 – In a large skillet, melt ½ of the butter amount over medium heat.
  • Step 3 – Add the mushrooms and cook until they are tender.
Cooking the slice mushrooms in a skillet
  • Step 4 – Next add in the chicken, minced garlic, salt and pepper. This is going to make your kitchen smell amazing!
  • Step 5 Cook until the chicken is golden brown on all sides stirring occasionally.
  • Step 6 – Remove the chicken and mushrooms from the pan to a separate dish.  Leave any remaining sauce in the large skillet.
  • Step 7 – Then over medium heat, melt the remaining butter in the large skillet.
  • Step 8 – Whisk in the flour until thoroughly combined.
  • Step 9 – Next, whisk in the broth and heavy whipping cream adding them each slowly.
Adding flour to sauce in a skillet
  • Step 10 – Now it is time to cook the sauce until it thickens over medium high heat.
  • Step 11 – Stir in the pasta, chicken and mushrooms to combine.  Add some of the pasta water if needed to thoroughly combine.
Combining the pasta, chicken and mushrooms into the sauce in a skillet
  • Step 12 – Top with the Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with fresh parsley for flavor. Cover the skillet with a lid to melt the cheese and serve immediately!

Recipe Tips

  • Cooking Pasta – Cook the pasta to al dente or according to the pasta. Save some of the pasta water to use during the cooking process.
  • Cook Chicken – Cook chicken until full cooked. You may need to use a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Sauce – Cook the sauce until it thickens for the best results. Allow it to simmer so it thickens.
  • Cheese – Serve this pasta dish immediately once everything heats in the skillet. We love to top the skillet with shredded parmesan cheese but you can also top with mozzarella cheese or cheddar cheese.
Close up image of chicken tetrazzini in a skillet

Serving Suggestions

This pasta dish is delicious served with a side of homemade garlic bread or bread sticks. We love to use the bread to make sure we get the last drop of the creamy sauce.

It is also delicious served with a side of air fryer broccoli or roasted asparagus for a complete meal idea.

Close up image of chicken tetrazzini in a skillet with a serving on tongs

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store the leftover in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Can I Prepare Ahead of Time?

Yes, this is the perfect recipe to make ahead of time. If you want to prepare before serving, you can place in a baking dish to make as a casserole. Prepare the recipe as indicated but pour into a casserole dish and place in the fridge. Then bake in the preheated oven at 350 degrees covered with foil for about 30 minutes to heat and serve.

Can I freeze Chicken Tetrazzini?

Yes, you can freeze this chicken tetrazzini. Place the prepared chicken tetrazzini in a disposable freezer container. Then cover with plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 3 months.

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Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

5 from 9 votes
Easy Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe is a simple skillet meal perfect for weeknights. The tasty cream sauce brings it all together and makes the dish amazing!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Italian
Course Main Course
Calories 808

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook the linguine based on the package instructions. Drain and save some of the pasta water.
  • In a large skillet, melt ½ of the butter amount over medium heat.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook until they are tender (approximately 5 minutes).
  • Next add in the chicken, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Cook over medium heat until the chicken is golden brown on all sides stirring occasionally (approximately 6-7 minutes).
  • Remove the chicken and mushrooms from the pan to a separate dish. Leave any remaining sauce in the large skillet.
  • Then over medium heat, melt the remaining butter in the large skillet.
  • Whisk in the flour until thoroughly combined.
  • Then whisk in the broth and heavy whipping cream adding them each slowly.
  • Then cook the sauce until it thickens, approximately 5-7 minutes.
  • Toss in the pasta, chicken and mushrooms to combine. Add some of the pasta water if needed to thoroughly combine.
  • Top with the parmesan cheese, cover the skillet with a lid to melt the cheese and serve immediately!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 808kcal, Carbohydrates 68g, Protein 45g, Fat 39g, Saturated Fat 22g, Cholesterol 186mg, Sodium 1405mg, Potassium 798mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 1232IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 200mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. I am got to try this dish for I love chicken, mushrooms, garlic, and pasta plus what makes the up the sauce!! Gotta be delicious! Will share with my so n and friends!! Thank you for this recipe and God bless you!!!
    Carolyn in Utah.

  2. The calorie and sodium counts are through the roof! I for sure wanted to try the recipe until I read those figures. Have you got a similar but more healthy version of this?

  3. 5 stars
    I live on the Gulf Coast and had fresh shrimp so subbed shrimp for the chicken & it was so good. I didn’t add the shrimp until after I mixed sauce with the pasta so it didn’t overcook Shrimp then put it all in the oven for 15 minutes then topped it off with Parmesan before serving. Garlic bread & cucumber tomato salad as sides. Grandma, kids & grandkids ate it up. BIL asked me to make it again because he was at work and there wasn’t much leftover when he got here.