Nothing comes close to a nice, warm bowl of Chicken Tetrazzini on a long and windy day. Whether you’re catching up on the latest Netflix series or scrolling through your feed, grab a few handfuls of mushrooms and spaghetti noodles and prep a meal worth lounging in bed for!
Chicken Tetrazzini. Whenever I have olives, chicken broth, and cheddar cheese in abundance, I know a pasta dish is in the near future.
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I can’t help it!
It’s something about the gooiness of cheddar drizzled a top of a bed of freshly chopped vegetables and noodles that sends my taste buds into overdrive.
A thought worthy of a takeout run.
A thought worthy of putting on pants.
But if you’re anything like me, lazy days are meant for lazy legs (literally).
And if you’ve run out of tip money for delivery, then you’ll have to make do with what you have on hand.
Pasta. Sauce. Toppings.
In less than 10 minutes, you can have your Chicken Tetrazzini ingredients ready and popped into the oven.
And once the latest episode of your binge-a-thon is complete, you can hop over the couch and grab your meal and have it accompany you back into the covers.
It’s that easy!
So, if you’re stuck in nasty weather or have one of those days when you really don’t want to do anything, this Chicken Tetrazzini is an enjoyable alternative to the usual spaghetti and meatballs fare.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE CHICKEN TETRAZZINI
- Easy prep work
- Quick clean up
- A nutritious substitute for regular spaghetti
- Easy-to-find ingredients
- Refrigerator safe for weekly meal prep
WHAT YOU'LL NEED FOR CHICKEN TETRAZZINI
- Spaghetti noodles
- Chicken broth
- Green bell pepper
- Black olives
- Garlic Powder
- Salt and pepper
- Cooked chicken
- Cream of chicken soup
- Cheddar cheese
Also, be sure to have a medium-sized pan, food chopper, mixing bowls, measuring cups, and a casserole dish on hand.
HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN TETRAZZINI
Once you have your oven pre-heated to 350 degrees, here’s what you’ll need to do:
- In a medium-sized pan, melt your butter and sauté the onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, pimientos, and black olives together until shiny.
- At the same time, on a separate eye, bring a medium-sized saucepan to boil and cook your spaghetti noodles according to package instructions.
- Once the noodles and vegetables are done, add them together in a large bowl and top with the remaining ingredients.
- Place your mix into the casserole dish and pop in the oven for approximately 40 minutes. Or until the cheese begins to bubble.
- For complete step-by-step instructions, please scroll down to the recipe card below.
TIPS FOR MAKING CHICKEN TETRAZZINI
When cooking your pasta on the stove, be sure to cut the time short (or cook Al dente) so that the noodles stay firm while baking in the oven. This will save you from picking out the hardened pieces later.
You can also prepare this meal ahead of time! If you know you’re going to be in full couch-potato mode, then start by prepping all your ingredients on the stove and then combine into your casserole dish. That way, you can store it in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
Be sure that this timeframe does not exceed 24 hours, or you’re going to have a total mess on your hands.
Lastly, any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 72 hours. I wouldn’t go past this time because you’ll be able to smell the difference by the fourth day.
CAN I FREEZE CHICKEN TETRAZZINI?
If you choose to freeze instead, you have a 3-month freezing window before you have to chuck it out.
Why Can’t I Use Raw Chicken In Chicken Tetrazzini?
It is crucial to only use pre-cooked chicken. Do not place raw chicken inside this casserole dish. This is because the meal will not cook long enough to cook through the raw chicken.
If you are persistent in wanting to use it (say, before it goes bad, for example), then consider frying it on the stovetop first covered with a lid, then transfer into the casserole dish. Having the top on keeps from having your chicken dry out and stay moist throughout the baking process.
Can I Use Chickpea Pasta For Chicken Tetrazzini?
Of course! Chickpea and Zucchini pasta noodles work best as noodle substitutes because they won’t be too stiff to mimic the flexibility of spaghetti pasta. My only suggestion is to go ahead and cook the noodles all the way through but mixing them into the butter and milk sauce thoroughly before transferring them into the oven. That way, the noodles stay moist and retain flexibility throughout the baking process.
A quick and easy treat to prepare, try our Chicken Tetrazzini on any of your stay-at-home days and feast away. We promise to keep this secret between us.
ADDITIONAL RECIPES TO TRY
- SAUSAGE PENNE PASTA
- CHEESY CHICKEN PASTA
- ONE POT TACO SPAGHETTI
- ALPHABET SOUP - A VEGETABLE BEEF SOUP
- CREAMY SKILLET MAC AND CHEESE HAMBURGER HELPER