The BEST Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Easy and delicious Cheesy Chicken Tetrazzini - Chicken and pasta in a creamy sauce with lots of flavor - a family favorite dinner meal!

What’s for dinner? Those are words I sometimes dread. Sometimes I have no CLUE what’s for dinner and sometimes I couldn’t care less either. Sounds horrible, I know, but these are words from a tired mommy, lol. 😉 Fortunately, I’ve been better since I’ve made a meal calendar. Thank heavens for pasta dishes!! I have them slated on the calendar at least once a week. Why? They are almost always delicious and they are usually loved by the entire family, from the hubby down to my 1 year old. I mean, you can’t really go wrong with noodles, tons of cheese and chicken, right?! Today’s recipe for Chicken Tetrazzini happens to be one of those yummy recipes that everyone enjoys. If you look at the ingredients it’s pretty apparent why it would be so tasty (butter, sour cream, cream of chicken, mozzarella cheese).

Chicken Tetrazzini recipeThe BEST Chicken Tetrazzini

The best part about this meal is it’s really simple! It’s really just a matter of cooking up the noodles and then mixing up the remaining ingredients (minus the cheese). Then you combine these two, stick it in a pan and top with the cheese. Easy peasy! I think you’ll love the simplicity and delicious-ness of this great dinner idea.

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Chicken Tetrazzini
Easy and delicious Cheesy Chicken Tetrazzini - Chicken and pasta in a creamy sauce with lots of flavor - a family favorite dinner meal!
Recipe type: Dinner/Main Dish
Serves: 8
  • 16 oz linguini, cooked
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked, diced
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 TB parmesan cheese
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella
  1. Cook noodles according to box instructions. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine ½ cup butter, cooked chicken, soup, sour cream, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Mix well and then add in cooked noodles.
  3. Spray a 9x13 pan and pour in noodle mixture. Sprinkle cheeses on top. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. ENJOY!

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  1. 1

    Oh man…yummy! I am always looking for new and easy recipes to make for my family! Thank you so much for sharing all of these delicious chicken recipes. They are all sure to be winners with my little fam! PINNED!
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  2. 2

    This looks delicious, Kristyn! I want to dig in right now! Pinning for sure!

  3. 3

    Kristyn , Happy New Year! I’ve never made chicken tetrazzini. Looks yummy and so does your crispy chicken pasta. My daughter hates red sauce so these recipes need to go onto my must try list.
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  4. 4

    Looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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  5. 5

    Can this be frozen? If so, should I cook it first or get it ready to bake and then freeze?

    • 6

      I’ve never freezed it but I’m sure you could get it all ready to cook and then the day off, take it out to let it unthaw and then cook the regular time. 😉

    • 7
      Vikky Johnson :

      It should freeze well. Just defrost in the fridge and then bake. Because it has dairy in it the consistency may be a little different.

  6. 8
    Vikky Johnson :

    we love this we add mushrooms and pimentos for a twist of flavor. My kids asked for peas in it not sure if that would taste yummy.

  7. 9

    No veggies??, I remember growing up tetrazzini having veggies. In our house, it was peas and mushrooms. Weird combo but it worked. Can I suggest cooking pasta less then what it says on the box? If you cook it to done then bake for another hour, you will have mushy pasta. Any casserole that uses pasta and is baked, I cook 1-2 minutes less.

  8. 11

    While the prep was easy enough, I found this recipe tasteless. Creamy linguini and chicken. And the butter, sour cream, cream of chix soup, (high in sodium) and cheese renders this recipe unhealthy. It sounded italian, to me “tetrazanni” could be nothing but. I tried…got

    • 12

      One would think you could have figured out that this recipe isn’t super healthy from the start before you even decided to make it, simply based on the ingredients. Quickly googling the word “tetrazzini” will let you know that it’s not Italian, but rather American, and is typically presented just like this dish– basically, “creamy linguine with chicken” IS tetrazzini. I made this tonight and I thought it was easy and tasty– definitely not a health food, but a comfort food. It was anything but flavorless.

    • 14

      so – lighten it up yourself! Fat free sour cream, fat free cream-of-whatever or reduced sodium versions or make your own versions, add in veggies and reduce the amount of cheese or use fat-free/reduced sodium or a combo of fat-free, reduced sodium and regular cheese. Don’t think it tastes great? Add other spices. I almost never use a recipe with the exact ingredients more than once or twice due to family preferences and a low-sodium diet.
      Cooking is fun!

  9. 17

    Yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing!! I used pasta spirals instead of linguini, added 1/2 a raw cauliflower (finely chopped), used a little less butter, and sprinkled breadcrumbs on top with the cheese (I also didn’t bother using the alfoil as I wanted a nice, brown, crispy top).

    Mmmmm!!!! It was so yummy that I claimed the leftovers and have been enjoying them these last couple of days. 😉

    It is a simple and yet very tasty meal which I have just written up in my recipe collection. Thanks again!!!

  10. 18

    I made this tonight, just as the recipe states except my cream of chicken soup was cream of chicken with herbs (just happened to be what I had in the pantry). It is soooo good! Thank you so much! This is going into our regular dinner rotation!

  11. 20

    Thanks for sharing! I am going to try this tonight. Is this dish really only baked at 300 degrees, or is that possibly a typo?

  12. 21
    Laura Schulz :

    What are the daily values for this recipe? Fat, carbs, fiber, protein?

  13. 22

    This may be a stupid question but is TB tablespoons? or what does it stand for, I have never seen tablespoon written like that (tbsp usually)

    • 23

      Hi, am making this tonight, as tetrazzini is my favorite dish. My only thought on the recipe as written is that chicken breasts come in all weights. How many ounces of chicken would you say you put in this dish? Thanks!!!! I also plan to mix the cheeses because there can never be too much cheese. xoxo

      • 24

        How did it turn out? I’d say it’s about 24-30 ounces of chicken… depends on how much chicken you like. You could always add more or do less. 😉 And you can never go wrong adding more cheese. ;D

    • 25

      Generally speaking, cooks use a capital T, Tbsp., TB, to indicate TABLESPOON, and the lower case letter t, tsp. to indicate teaspoon. Since you are sprinkling both the parmesan and mozzarella cheeses on top of the casserole, you really don’t have to measure the amounts exactly – just enough to give it a good covering. The parmesan is a stronger flavored cheese than the mild mozzarella, so less goes further. Asiago cheese is my favorite type of parmesan, with a nuttier taste – try subbing it for the parm.

  14. 27

    This recipe is a huge hit with my family. Even my super picky 6 year old! I’m making it tonight with garlic bread after he begged for “the yummy chicken Tetris stuff” 🙂

  15. 28

    Going to try this tmrw! BTW is it Parmasean chesse in powder or off the block?

  16. 29

    Hi 🙂 I’m making this tonight and am planning on using rotisserie chicken. I know it says 4 breasts, but 2 rotisserie chickens sounds like a lot. Would you use one or two chickens?

  17. 31

    Going to give this a try tonight! Quick question… How did you prepare your chicken? Grilled, boiled, fried, etc?

    • 32

      I usually grill or bake it in the oven. For the oven, I usually drizzle olive oil on it and some lemon pepper at 400 for about 30-40 minutes and then I cube or shred. If I’m smart enough and have time, I usually cook it in the crock pot. 😉

    • 33

      This is one of the recipes that my instant pot comes on real handy. It cooks frozen chicken breast in 30 minutes. Just like you would put them in the crock pot for 4-6 hours. It falls apart and will shred with just stirring with a large fork.

  18. 34

    I made this tonight as an unplanned meal scraping together what I had on hand. I cut the recipe in half and it filled an 8×8 dish, which was more than enough for our small family. I used 2 cups of rotisserie chicken from Costco, added fresh spinach, and used spaghetti noodles. I also only boiled the noodles long enough to make them able to mix and they finished cooking in the casserole since I detest soggy noodles and prefer al dente. It was delicious and passed the picky toddler test!

  19. 36

    Do u use big cans of cream of chicken. Or small?

  20. 38

    This turned out so good, that my husband went back for seconds. This is definitely a keeper. Think I might add a vegetable in it next time.

  21. 40

    Made this tonight for dinner. YUM! Thanks so much for the recipe! Will definitely make again!

  22. 42

    This is in the oven right now! I cannot wait to eat it- I had to taste-test when I put it in the pan and it was divine!

  23. 44

    II’ve never heard of tetrazzini but this looks amazing. When I googled tetrazzini i noticed that a more typical dish has wine…. Is there a reason you didn’t make it with wine or is it just as good without it?

  24. 45

    All of these chicken recipes look soooo good. I usually get stuck in a rut and cook the same old chicken dishes. This will be a nice change the Chicken Tetrazzini looks divine and so easy. Thanks for sharing!
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  25. 46

    if I omit the sour cream does it still taste as good? is there something I could substitute? We aren’t big sour cream people over here. thanks!

  26. 48

    Is there any way to make this a freezer meal in a bag vs a casserole dish?

  27. 49

    everything looks so good! i’m going to make the chicken tetrazzini yummy

  28. 50

    WOW!!! Three thumbs up from the family!

    I made a couple of changes based on what I had on hand – leftover turkey in the freezer, replaced one of the cans of cream of chicken with cream of mushroom and I added frozen peas! True deliciousness. Thanks.

  29. 53

    How many pounds is four chicken breasts? They come in different weights and sizes. Four breasts could be two pounds or three pounds.

  30. 54

    Do I use ready-to-serve cream of chicken soup or the kind that is condensed and you add water to make soup?

    • 55

      Im going to make this too i believe its just cream of chicken soup and dont add water to make soup thats where the stalk comes in to loosen the soup 🙂

    • 56

      I ended up using one can of condensed cream of chicken, and adding a half of a can of water, in addition to the can of chicken broth and halfed the sour cream. Also added garlic, parsley and other herbs. It was good!

  31. 58
    Debbie Greiman :

    This was amazing. I added a little garlic and my husband couldn’t get enough. I will be making this again. I used low sodium soup and low fat cheese couldn’t even tell. Love it!

  32. 59

    Can this be assembled at night, refrigerated and cooked the next morning? Taking this to a ladies club meeting.

  33. 60

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing!
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  34. 61

    Hi Kristyn! Thank you so much for this recipe. I came across it on Pinterest and it took me right back to childhood when my mom would make this. I made it tonight and it was delicious. I only used 1 cup of sour cream and 2 chicken breasts. I also added in some thyme and summer savory (and peas for a veggie). 3 out of 4 family members highly approved (the fourth is a 4 year old and wouldn’t even taste it because it wasn’t “usual pasketti”). Thanks a million!

  35. 62
    Courtney Barton :

    Gonna attempt to make this Chicken Tetrazzini tonight for my family #!!!### let’s see how well I do…… Ur dish looks awesome hope my dish comes out looking just half as good!!

  36. 64
    Kentuckylady717 :

    You have some beautiful kids…..and your recipes look so mouth watering……I love chicken tetrazzini and this sound like the best recipe I have seen…..looking forward to making this…
    Love your blog……

  37. 66

    I made this recipe just as stated and it turned out fantastic! The absolute best part was when my “I don’t eat chicken unless it’s a nugget” daughter tasted her ‘no thank you’ helping, piled her plate full, asked for seconds, and then asked when we could have it again!
    I’d planned on putting the leftovers in containers to freeze for individual meals, but there weren’t any. Next time I’m definitely making a double batch, because this has gone on the short list of meals everyone in my house will eat!

  38. 68

    Holy smokes this was good. I did saute an onion and some mushrooms and added in. I also used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream cause that’s what I had in my fridge also with the cream of mushroom soups and broth I omitted extra salt. It was delish!

  39. 70

    May I make a suggestion? I made this recipe(with a few changes for personal preference) but found it was perfect to what I was looking for. I coated the chicken pieces with one dry Italian dressing mix and olive oil before cooking. Also instead of two cans cream of chicken, use one and a cream of mushroom (with roasted garlic). A family favorite now.

  40. 73

    I am trying out this recipe and I was wondering how do you cook your chicken? Do you boil it or bake it? What kind of spices do you use on the chicken?

    • 74

      You could cook it however you like. I cook it in the crockpot, I bake it, depending on the day or how much time I have, that determines how I cook it. I like to put a few chicken breasts in the crockpot, after buying it and you could sprinkle with just salt and pepper, or Italian seasoning and I like to shred it, so it’s ready when I need it. You could cut the chicken into cubes and fry them in oil, that way, as well. This recipe is great with shredded chicken or cubed. Hope that helps:)

  41. 75

    This sounds so good. Making tonite with garlic toast. I’m going to add some mushrooms just because we like them.

  42. 77

    mom of FIVE stinkin’ cute kids ?
    Poor choice of words if your kids are cute.

    • 78

      Really Sue?! I think her kids are STINKIN’ cute! If you can’t be nice, don’t say anything. She’s putting her life and recipes out there for everyone to enjoy and she’s allowed to use whatever words she wants. Maybe you should leave her blog page.

  43. 79

    This was really good! I added cayenne pepper & Italian seasoning. My kids loved it. Thanks for the recipe.

  44. 81

    This recipe sounds delish! I was wondering if you’ve ever froze it to cook later?

  45. 83

    Thanks for this recipe . I love pasta!!!

  46. 85

    your chicken tetrazzini is literally my favorite savory food ON EARTH!!!!

  47. 87

    My family recipe is very close to this but we use Vermont Sharp White Cheddar Cheese

  48. 89

    Just made this tonight. It was very yummy! Definitely a comfort food. Only thing I would do different next time is add some sautéed garlic. I’m a garlic lover…it goes in everything! Thanks for this yummy recipe!

  49. 91

    I made this tonight. I changed things up a bit, feeling creative after reading some of the comments. I used Hatch Chili grated cheese instead of mozzarella. I added mushrooms and panko bread crumbs like I had read in some of the comments. I used the tops of 2 green onions and cooked it all at 350 degrees for 55 minutes without foil as I like it a bit crunchy. It was great and was a hit.

  50. 93

    This was delicious! However I will have to run an extra two miles tomorrow! The kiddos loved it and I am excited to try it out on my husband. I always test out new recipes on the kiddos first. Next time I will try some swaps like Greek yogurt, less butter and whole wheat linguine. Being from New Mexico I may also add some green chile. Thanks for the recipe, I found it on Pinterest 😊

  51. 95

    Have you ever made this the night before and put it in the fridge overnight so it’s ready to go in the oven the next day after work?

  52. 97
    Lindsey Jordan :

    This looks great! I am trying to find a dish for a church small group meal. How many does this feed?

    • 98

      I would say a 9×13 can feed 10-12 people, as long as their helpings aren’t huge! If you are taking to a church group, you could maybe double and put in a 11×17 dish. Hope that helps! Thanks!!

  53. 99

    I am making this to night, I’ll let you know what my son in law says! ☕

  54. 103
    melissa crawford :

    Sooooooo….here’s the thing, I made this last night. I added mushrooms. Cooked my chicken in the crockpot then used the broth to boil the noodles. I didn’t have any mozz so I used what I had which was Colby jack. And I added some garlic powder. It was so good, I was told, not asked, but told to make it again tonight. So that’s the thing, this dish should come with a disclaimer “will make your family (husband, daughter 9 and son 4) ravenous wacka-do’s who now only want this for dinner”. Thank you for that. 😉

  55. 105

    This is perfect comfort food.
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  56. 107

    I made the Chicken Tetrazzini tonite and it was absolutely delicious!!!!! 😊 My family loved It! ♡♡♡

  57. 109

    Made this tonight and it was a big hit! Can’t make it all the time because we’re trying to eat healthier, but definitely a keeper for a treat!

  58. 111

    Any substitute for sour cream? Cuz I don’t like it. Has anyone tried it with cream cheese instead? Thanks!

  59. 112

    Any substitute for sour cream, because I don’t like it. Has anyone tried it with cream cheese? Thanks!

  60. 114

    I was kinda wondering if I could substitute the butter with country crock, or is butter better for the recipe?

  61. 116

    This dish is marvelous. I made it today and it’s delicious. I did saute’ a small sliced up yellow onion in the butter before adding the rest of the ingredients. I didn’t miss celery but may add it or small peas sometime, but it’s definitely good on its own. For company I would add pimentos for color, but for just me it’s terrific like this. And you can do it all in one pot, drain the pasta in collander and then add all the stuff to that pot to mix before pouring it in the baking dish. I only had to bake for 35 min but left it in the hot oven for an extra 5 min just to be following the recipe. It’s wonderful!

    • 117

      Oh, thank you for letting me know! Those changes all sound wonderful! Thanks again!

      • 118

        And the onion was a complete accident, as I had thought it was in the recipe. Wasn’t until I began sauteeing it that I went back to the computer to double-check the ingredients, haha. But it turned out good. Thank you for this recipe!

  62. 119

    I’ve made this it’s deliscious!!
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  63. 121

    Do you use the powder parmesan cheese or shredded parmesan cheese?

  64. 123

    Having guests over for dinner tonight and decided to give this recipe a try. I added some minced garlic, and chopped up some fresh broccoli and carrots to mix in. VERY excited to see how this turns out! Best part is i was able to prep it all this morning, cover and throw it in the fridge until im ready to bake. 🙂

  65. 125

    Made this tonight. It was great! I had 1 can of cream of chicken and 1 can of cream of celery. Turned out wonderfully!

  66. 127

    Loved it , My first try came out excellent !!!!! I will be adding this to my mix of things we eat in my house hold, Also instead of linguini noodles I used to rotoni noodles GREAT OUTCOME

  67. 129

    In trying to cut out carbs as much as possible, I switched out the noodles with pre-cooked spaghetti squash. I used slices of fresh mozzarella…other than that, I kept recipe the same. It just went into the oven…I am seriously drooling waiting for it!

    PS. Your snickerdoodle recipe is in our family Hall of Fame!

  68. 131

    Is this a 1 lb pkg of linguini?

  69. 133

    This was an instant family favorite. I’ve already made it about 4 more times. Comfort food at its best.

  70. 135

    This is delicious! Because my family is a fan of spices, specifically lemon pepper and GARLIC, I dice up the chicken before I brown it up in a pan and use a good amount of lemon pepper and minced garlic. I can’t wait to make this again, but try using spinach noodles.

  71. 137

    I need this recipe for 50 servings

    • 138

      You could double or triple..multiply it as many times as you need. Or make 2 double batches in 2 pans? I haven’t made it for that many before. Good luck!

  72. 139

    I made this last night and it was so so so good! Even my picky eater enjoyed it ( thats big)! I did saute mushrooms and garlic and added it before baking, other than that I followed it to the T.
    I will definitely make this again and soon!

  73. 141

    Made this recipe tonight and its was delicious! Kids loved it and came back for more.

  74. 143

    I made this and it was so delicious! But I changed the recipe to fit the ingredients I had on hand. I did not use cream of chicken soup and sour cream. I put a whole can of chicken broth instead of the half a can it calls for. I used a 6 oz. package of cream cheese (because cream cheese is a stable in my house, we put it in most everything) and around a cup of greek yogurt. I also added some extra spices (though I did not measure how much): dried basil, garlic powder, and onion powder.

  75. 145
    Susan Brantley :

    My mom used to make this when I was a kid with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving. I had forgotten about it until I read your recipe. I am excited to try it tonight! My mom used to put some melted butter mixed with parm and bread crumbs on the top for some crunch. Looking forward to eating this for dinner! 🙂

  76. 147

    I added two cans of milk, otherwise it would have been very dry.

  77. 148

    I loved loved this recipe!!! I added sharp cheddar and parm to the mixture. I also added frozen peas, garlic powder and diced onion. It was absolutely my best tetrazzini ever

  78. 150

    I make a similar dish that does not have sour cream and freezes just fine. I use macaroni, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, broth as in this one or gravy, then I add some (to your taste) green pepper, a small jar of drained pimento, cooked chicken, and shredded cheddar cheese.

  79. 152

    I have made this 3 times for the family and they go for it. I do add granulated garlic, basil and top it with butter and garlic under the cheese. 350 convection/bake. Your recipe works great! Fireman killer meal. Thanks

  80. 153

    It was good. I will totally add mushrooms next time!

  81. 155
    Timothy Baldwin :

    Don’t know if family will like this. How would I make a half recipe? Would dividing ingredients in half work?

  82. 157

    My mom makes a similar recipe. She adds mushrooms and green bell pepper which she sautes in sherry till it evaporates. I’m adding the veggies in and cooking as we speak. Will let you know how it turns out!

  83. 159

    Can you make this recipe in the crock pot?