The Best Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Chicken Tetrazzini is a creamy, cheesy pasta dish that the whole family will love. Easy to make and freezer friendly, it’s a great casserole to share with friends.

Use up some leftover turkey breast and whip up a dish of this easy, cheesy Turkey Tetrazzini for the holidays!

Chicken tetrazzini scooped onto a white dinner plate with silver fork.

Comfort Food for Dinner

Two of my children have left the nest, and this Chicken Tetrazzini recipe is what they always request when they come home.

It’s delicious comfort food, a great recipe, and easy to make ahead of time too!

This is also one of those recipes I like to keep on hand for when I want to bring a family in need a hearty meal, or a new mom a dinner! It gets rave reviews, and I even made a video tutorial to show you how to make chicken tetrazzini!

This cheesy dish needs to happen in your kitchen. It makes a big 13×9 pan, but you can split it into two dishes (2qt or 8-inch square) and share it with a neighbor or friend in need!

This dish ALWAYS gets people asking for the recipe, and once you try it, you’ll understand why our family loved it!!

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Step by step photos showing how to make Chicken Tetrazzini.

How to make Chicken Tetrazzini

You’ll want to start by baking chicken or using leftover turkey, rotisserie chicken, or leftover cooked chicken.

If I’m in a hurry, I’ll boil some boneless skinless chicken breasts in a pot of water with salt and pepper to use in this cheesy dish!

Pick your favorite kind of pasta and cook it until al dente.

What is al dente pasta?

It just means that the pasta is still slightly firm. Because you will be baking this dish, you don’t want your pasta too soft and mushy!

While you are cooking pasta and chicken, combine the remaining ingredients in a very large bowl. Add your hot pasta and your cooked (diced) chicken to the bowl and mix until blended.

Pour into a large 13×9 baking dish (or two smaller pans). Bake covered for about 45 minutes, then remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes, until bubbly and cheese is melted.

If making this in advance, refrigerate and cover until ready to heat. If cooking from cold, add bake for one hour, then uncovered for 20 minutes. ENJOY.

Ingredients you'll need to make chicken tetrazzini, including cooked chicken, pasta, cream of chicken soup and more.

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken- we love this easy shredded chicken recipe!
  • Unsalted butter
  • Sour cream– or plain greek yogurt
  • Dry white wine– (or chicken broth)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Spaghetti noodles – can also use any other pasta of choice
  • onions, garlic, and mushrooms optional
Chicken tetrazzini baked in a white 13x9 dish and served with a green side salad.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken Tetrazzini is one of those easy dinner recipes that goes great with any green salad or garlic bread!

Easy, buttery Beer Bread recipe to serve with dinner! Also great to cube into bite sized pieces and use for dips!

This delicious Spinach and Bacon Salad is a breeze to prepare! The sweet dressing with the salty bacon keeps you wanting more!

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Don’t forget to finish the meal with a fresh batch or rice krispie treats!

Recipe FAQs

Can you freeze Chicken Tetrazzini

Yes! Assemble the chicken tetrazzini casserole in a freezer safe dish. When opting to freeze this dinner, I usually choose a foil pan for freezing. Cover with foil and freeze for up to two months.
To serve, thaw in refrigerator overnight, and bake accordingly.

What goes with Chicken Tetrazzini

Serve this delicious pasta dish with soft breadsticks an Italian salad for the perfect meal.

Can I make tetrazzini without mushrooms?

Absolutely. Leave out the mushrooms or add in extra depending on your taste buds. You can also add in fresh cut broccoli florets!

Can Chicken Tetrazzini be made ahead of time?

Yes. Before baking, cover with foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
When ready to bake, remove from fridge and add 10-15 minutes baking time.

Chicken casserole served on a white dinner plate with two small side salads in background.

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Chicken tetrazzini on a white dinner plate, silver fork, and 13x9 dish in background.

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Yield: serves 8-10

Chicken Tetrazzini

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Chicken Tetrazzini is a creamy, cheesy pasta dish that the whole family will love. Easy to make and freezer friendly, it's a great casserole to share with friends.


  • 16 oz thin spaghetti, cooked (or any of your favorite noodles)
  • ½ cup butter (plus more for buttering pan)
  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked, diced
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup dry white wine (I use Beringer, but you can also use cooking wine)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Combine 1/2 cup butter, cooked chicken, soup, sour cream, salt, pepper and white wine. Add cooked noodles.
  2. Pour into a buttered 13x9. Sprinkle both cheeses on top.
  3. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 45 minutes, covered with foil. Remove foil and bake uncovered for another 15 minutes.
  4. May be made in advance and refrigerated (before cooking). However, add time if that is the case to heat thoroughly! Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 893mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 13g

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Creamy baked Chicken Tetrazzini recipe is the best weeknight dinner recipe your family will love! Easy and delicious.

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Posted on June 24, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. I thought I’d give this recipe a try. It was a hit! It is very easy to make. I do think for anyone who might be a beginner cook , the instructions could be a little confusing especially on how to prepare the chicken. I used 2 chicken leg quarters. Boiled them with garlic powder, onion salt, Italian seasoning, seasoning salt, rotisserie chicken seasoning and just one chicken bullion cube in a big pot of water for about an hour. Let cool then de-boned and shredded the chicken. Then I followed the recipe as instructed except I substituted the wine for chicken broth and I halved the recipe…makes enough for 4 – 6. Before their second bite they were already asking me to make it again! Next time I think I will add broccoli florets to it.

  2. The Best Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe is great! To be honest, I’m not good at cooking but I like them, they give me joy and excitement every time I finish the dishes, which is a great thing. With your recipe, I just need to follow the instructions and the rest is simple. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I made this for dinner last night.  My family loved it!!  They asked when I was going to make it again.  Thank you, Aimee for another awesome recipe!!  ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Gonna try this soon!
    Just wondering, 2 cups of mozzarella on top of the casserole sounds like a lot…can/should some of it be mixed into the casserole with the other ingredients? 

  5. Wow! You did an incredible job with this recipe! It’s delicious! My entire family loved it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. My first try came out excellent !!! Kids loved it and came back for more. I can’t wait to make this again, but try using spinach noodles. Thank you for a great recipe.

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