Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe





  • 4-5 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 lb fettuccine or spaghetti
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 scant teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare Chicken:
    • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the chicken breasts and simmer until tender. Shred the cooked chicken and set aside for the casserole.
  2. Cook Pasta:
    • Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Make sure it’s slightly underdone as it will finish cooking in the oven. Drain and set aside.
  3. Sauté Onion and Garlic:
    • In a skillet, sauté chopped onions and minced garlic in butter until softened and fragrant.
  4. Prepare Soup Mixture:
    • In a bowl, mix both cans of soup without diluting them. Ensure there’s no added water.
  5. Assemble Layers:
    • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
    • Begin layering the casserole: start with a portion of the cooked pasta, followed by shredded chicken, sautéed onions and garlic, and a layer of shredded cheddar cheese.
    • Spoon 9-12 tablespoons of the soup mixture over the layer, spreading it evenly.
  6. Repeat Layers:
    • Repeat the layers until all the ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of shredded cheese on top.
  7. Add Chicken Broth:
    • Pour 1 to 1-1/2 cups of chicken broth over the top of the casserole to keep it moist during baking.
  8. Bake:
    • Cover the casserole with foil and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 35-45 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.
  9. Brown the Top:
    • Uncover the casserole and bake for an additional 10 minutes to brown the top slightly.
  10. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Allow the Chicken Tetrazzini to cool for a few minutes before serving. Scoop out generous portions, and enjoy this comforting and easy-to-make casserole!


  • Customize the recipe by adding vegetables like mushrooms, peas, or spinach to the layers for extra flavor and nutrition.
  • Adjust the seasoning to your taste preferences.
  1. Can I use a different type of pasta? Certainly! You can use your preferred pasta, such as penne, rigatoni, or even egg noodles. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  2. Is it necessary to use both cream of celery and cream of chicken soup? The combination of both soups adds depth of flavor, but you can use two cans of one type if needed. Feel free to experiment with other cream-based soups as well.
  3. Can I prepare this dish ahead of time? Yes, you can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it. Bake it when ready, but you may need to add a few extra minutes to the baking time.
  4. Can I freeze Chicken Tetrazzini? While the texture may change slightly after freezing, you can freeze Chicken Tetrazzini. Thaw it in the refrigerator before reheating.
  5. What can I add to customize the recipe? You can add vegetables like mushrooms, peas, or spinach to the layers for extra flavor and nutritional value. Adjust the quantities based on your preference.
  6. Can I use pre-cooked rotisserie chicken instead of boiling chicken breasts? Absolutely! Using pre-cooked rotisserie chicken is a convenient option. Simply shred the rotisserie chicken and proceed with the recipe.
  7. How do I store leftovers? Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven or microwave as needed.
  8. What temperature should the chicken reach when cooking? The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure it is fully cooked.
  9. Can I make this dish without butter? Yes, you can omit or reduce the amount of butter in the recipe. The butter adds flavor and richness, but the dish can still be delicious without it.
  10. Can I use a different type of cheese? Certainly! Feel free to experiment with different cheeses, such as mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or Parmesan, to suit your taste.

Feel free to tailor the recipe to your preferences and dietary needs!