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Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini starts with sautéed mushrooms, onions, freshly cooked chicken breasts, and al dente linguine; and ends up a delicious baked pasta dish with a crunchy cheesy bread crumb topping. You are going to love it!

Creamy chicken tetrazzini on a white dinner plate

There is nothing better on a fall evening than a creamy, delicious baked pasta dish. Why go through the effort to cook on both the stovetop and the oven? It is all about the crispy, crunchy topping. We love pasta, any pasta! But there’s something extra special about a crispy breadcrumb, cheesy topping that only a baked pasta can deliver.  

We love how traditional this dish feels, using mostly pantry staple items. The sauce is made from scratch, and the onion and mushrooms really add amazing flavor to this seemingly simple dish. Cheesy Chicken Tetrazzini is a family favorite, and we’re sure your family will love it just as much as ours!  

  • Mushrooms: optional?

    We highly recommend keeping the mushrooms in this dish. The flavor is just divine and we couldn’t imagine chicken tetrazzini without them! However, we know that everyone’s tastes vary and if you are not a mushroom lover, you can leave them out. 

  • Pasta Options for Chicken Tetrazzini:

    We love linguine, but feel free to experiment with different types of pasta. Spaghetti is always a great option, but you could also experiment with penne or other tube-shaped pasta. Just remember to cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than the recommended cooking time on the package as it will continue to cook in the oven and you don’t want to end up with mushy pasta. 

  • Chicken Shortcut:

    If you are short on time, you can always cook the chicken ahead of time or even use shredded rotisserie chicken. It doesn’t get any easier than that! Simply substitute with 2 cups of pre-cooked or shredded rotisserie chicken. 

Serving a spoonful of chicken tetrazzini out of the baking dish

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Serving a spoonful of cheesy chicken tetrazzini out of the baking dish
Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini starts with sautéed mushrooms, onions, freshly cooked chicken breasts, and al dente linguine; and ends up a delicious baked pasta dish with a crunchy cheesy bread crumb topping. You are going to love it!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 1 pound linguine pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion , diced
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms , sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add 1 TB olive oil to pan and cook chicken, 5 to 7 minutes per side, until cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove chicken from pan, dice, and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a 9x13 pan.
  • Cook linguine for 2 minutes less than the package directions as the pasta will continue to soften in the oven.
  • Add 2 TB olive oil to the skillet where the chicken was cooked and return to a medium-high heat. Add in onion and cook until just starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add in mushroom slices and continue cooking until mushrooms and onions are both soft.
  • Add butter in with mushrooms and onions and let melt. Stir in flour until combined. Add in garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes more.
  • Pour in milk and chicken broth and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Just as it reaches a simmer the mixture should thicken. Stir in frozen peas and diced chicken, then immediately reduce the heat to low and stir in cream cheese until melted. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  • Stir cooked pasta in with the sauce until combined then transfer it all to the prepared 9x13 pan. In a small bowl, use a fork to toss together panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and 3 tsp olive oil until combined. Sprinkle evenly on top of the pasta in the pan.
  • Bake in the preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until the crumbs on top are golden brown. Serve hot.
Short on time? Instead of cooking the chicken breasts separately, you can use 2 cups of pre-cooked diced chicken or shredded rotisserie chicken. 


Calories: 687kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 798mg | Potassium: 875mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 924IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tetrazzini
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Gee Jay
October 11, 2020 1:44 pm

5 stars
I really enjoy so many of your recipes. I also like the print option and the format for the recipes.

Elvira Salazar
October 12, 2020 7:37 pm

Came out delicious easy to prepare

October 17, 2020 9:10 am

5 stars
great, easy to prepare. We added a simple green salad and it was a family hit!

December 16, 2020 9:39 pm

5 stars
I made it this evening. We loved it!!

Libby Butler
November 14, 2020 10:03 am

I always like to add some sherry to tetrazzini. the flavor it imparts takes it up a notch.

Ian Lloyd
November 10, 2020 11:44 am

5 stars
Tried this last night with a few changes, after searing the chicken thighs, I cooked some chopped bacon before doing the mushrooms, and I added yellow peppers in, the wife thoroughly enjoyed it, next will try a gluten free version for my daughter. Excellent recipe thank you

November 2, 2020 3:43 pm

Delicious. I did cut back on the chicken broth a little, but added a glug of Sherry (not cooking sherry!). Also grated a little fresh nutmeg into the sauce before baking.

October 22, 2020 10:32 am

Yes, that shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Connie Satterfield
October 21, 2020 9:55 pm

4 stars
I made this. We really didn’t like it the day I made it. But the next day it was so much better. I will make it again but serve it the next day. Some meals are just like that. Better the next day

Mary McKinley
October 19, 2020 11:32 am

Thank you for this recipe, Wonderful!💕💕💕☺️

October 17, 2020 9:24 am

5 stars
Sounds good, could also use leftover turkey at holiday time.

October 16, 2020 3:32 pm

5 stars
Made this today..very delicious!!! My 96 year old mom loved it!!! Thanks for the recipe!

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