Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

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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.
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Easy Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

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

What is chicken tetrazzini? Delicious comfort food, a great recipe, and easy to make ahead of time too!

I like to have this recipe ready when I need to bring a comforting meal to a family or new mom. I keep it on hand for those occasions. It gets rave reviews, and I even made a video tutorial to show you how to make chicken tetrazzini!

This cheesy, creamy pasta needs to happen in your kitchen. It makes a 13×9-inch 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 pasta bake ALWAYS gets people asking for the recipe, and once you try it, you’ll understand why our family loved it!!

FAVORITE PASTA DINNERS: Penne Rosa | Pizza Stuffed Shells

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients you'll need to make chicken tetrazzini, including cooked chicken, pasta, cream of chicken soup and more.
  • Chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken- we love this easy shredded chicken recipe!
  • Cream of Chicken Soup- Every instinct is going to make you want to sub for something homemade and from scratch, but this is one of those times that comfort food wins. Here’s our favorite homemade cream of chicken soup though.
  • 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

How to make Chicken Tetrazzini

Step by step photos showing how to make Chicken Tetrazzini.
  • Cook the chicken. You’ll want to start by baking chicken or using leftover turkey, rotisserie chicken, or leftover cooked chicken. When I’m in a rush, I boil chicken breasts in water with salt and pepper to use in this cheesy dish!
  • Cook the pasta. 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!

  • Combine Ingredients. While you are cooking pasta and chicken, combine the remaining ingredients in an exceedingly large bowl. Add your hot pasta and your cooked (diced) chicken to the bowl of creamy sauce and mix until blended.
  • Assemble and Bake. Pour into a large 13×9 baking dish (or two smaller pans). Bake covered for 45 minutes, then uncover and bake for 15 more minutes until bubbly and cheese is melted.

Make in Advance: Refrigerate and cover until ready to heat. If cooking from cold, add bake for one hour, then uncovered for 20 minutes. ENJOY.

Chicken tetrazzini baked in a white 13x9 dish and served with a green side salad.

What to Serve with Chicken Tetrazzini

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!
  • Looking for a fresh bowl of homemade applesauce for dinner tonight? This Instant Pot Applesauce recipe is super quick and easy!
  • Don’t forget to finish the meal with a fresh batch or rice krispie treats!

Storing Leftovers

Store Leftovers- allow tetrazzini to cool completely, then store in an airtight container for up to 3 days, in the refrigeratore.

Freeze Chicken Tetrazzini- Assemble the tetrazzini casserole in a freezer safe dish (foil pans work great for this). Cover with foil and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in refrigerator overnight. Bake according to recipe below.

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

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4.87 from 193 votes
By: Aimee
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.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings


  • 16 ounce thin spaghetti cooked (or any of your favorite noodles)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken about 1 pound
  • ½ cup unsalted butter plus more for buttering pan
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
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  • Combine 1/2 cup butter, cooked chicken, soup, sour cream, salt, pepper and white wine. Add cooked noodles.
  • Pour into a buttered 13×9. Sprinkle both cheeses on top.
  • Bake in a 300 degree oven for 45 minutes, covered with foil. Remove foil and bake uncovered for another 15 minutes.
  • May be made in advance and refrigerated (before cooking). However, add time if that is the case to heat thoroughly! Enjoy!


  • 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.
  • Can I make tetrazzini with or 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.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips, tricks, and ingredient substitutions.



Calories: 385kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 79mg, Sodium: 893mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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Posted on June 24, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    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.

  7. I think this would easily become a favorite dish in my house too. I’m putting into my meal planning menu for later this month.

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