Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole Recipe

My mom has a HUGE drawer in her kitchen full of recipes that she has saved over the years. Some are from her mom, some are from my dad’s mom, many are recipes that she has cut out of the newspaper or magazines, and some are handwritten from friends. I love that every recipe (especially the handwritten ones!) have a story that goes with them.

My mom usually cooked 1-2 turkeys a year – we would eat it for Sunday dinner and then she would portion it out and freeze the rest for other meals. One of my favorite leftover turkey dinners was Turkey Tetrazzini and when I came across the recipe for it the other day while digging through this recipe drawer, I wanted to make it immediately. I didn’t have any turkey on hand, but I had plenty of chicken, so I used the chicken instead and it still turned out delicious. Save this recipe for your post-Thankgiving turkey or make it immediately with whatever you have available!

Serves: 10

Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole Recipe

One of my favorite one-pan dishes, this tetrazzini is delicious with either chicken or turkey!

20 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 1 (16 ounce) package linguine pasta
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 6 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • dash cayenne pepper (doesn't add heat, but adds flavor - add more or less as desired)
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 4 cups cooked shredded chicken (or turkey)
  • 1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimentos (drained)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook linguine as directed on package. While it cooks, melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. When the butter is completely melted, stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper until mixture is smooth.
  3. Carefully pour in the broth, stirring as you pour it in. Bring to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Remove saucepan from stove top and stir in half-and-half.
  4. After pasta is done cooking, drain the water and pour into a large bowl. Add the chicken, mushrooms, pimentos, and parsley. Pour sauce on top and mix until everything is covered in sauce.
  5. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour noodle and sauce mixture into the pan. Top with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes, serve.



1683 cal


127 g


81 g


56 g
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17 Responses to “Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole Recipe”

  1. kikilovestocookinSC
    Oh yum, one of my favorite ways to use leftover turkey and how timely with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching. My family gives thanks for all of you lovely lady sassy sisters because we enjoy your recipes quite often....keep up the good work!
  2. Dana Mikaitis
    I made this yesterday and found it to be bland tasting. I was so disappointed because it looked and smelled wonderful. I had added more mushrooms than the recipe called for as well as sauteed chopped onion and it was still lacked flavor. Today, I salvaged the leftovers by making more of the sauce and adding more sauteed onions, mushrooms and garlic. I deglazed the pan with Marsala and that was the extra something that my family's palate needed. Thank you for the recipe though. I will continue to use this recipe as a base and just add the extra ingredients that work for our tastes.
  3. Following the lead of the other posters, I augmented this recipe. My chicken was cooked with an basic salt free seasoning. I shredded it, then added to the sauce along with sautéed onions, chopped marinated artichoke hearts, and I used chopped baby spinach instead of the parsley. I also added extra parmesan into the sauce, along with about 1 cup of sour cream. It came out very tasty. Without those additions, I think it would have fallen into the bland category.
  4. Brittany
    What do you normally serve to your family along with the tetrazzini? I know it's really a meal in itself but my girls and hubby become frustrated whenever I set a one dish meal on the table.....any suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  5. Loved the Chicken Tetrazzini!! I used this recipe as a guide and added my own spin. I based the chicken breast & cut it into small bite size pieces. I used Rigatoni Pasta instead of linguine. I added minces garlic to the sauce. I used baby portabello mushrooms sliced very thin. Omitted the pimentos since I don't like them. I also used a little more mozzarella than this recipe called for. My family loved it! Served only with garlic bread.

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