Monday, February 21, 2011

Chicken Tetrazzini

I love this recipe!  I make it all the time and whenever I am asked to make a dish to take someone, I make this.  I took it to a co-worker when I lived in Atlanta after his wife broke her ankle just a few short weeks before Christmas and his young sons said they wanted more "chicken spaghetti".  Don't be thrown off...there is no marinara sauce in this but I thought that was too cute not to share!!

Chicken Tetrazzini
1/4 cup butter
1 onion, diced
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups milk
3 chicken breasts, cooked and diced (if you are pressed for time you can buy a roasted chicken and use that instead of cooking your own chicken)
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons diced pimentos
1 medium jar mushrooms
1 pound spaghetti noodles

Cook noodles according to directions on the package. 
Place chicken breasts in a Pyrex dish and season with salt and pepper.  To each breast add a pat of butter.  Pour a little chicken broth in the dish to keep the chicken from drying out.  Cook in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until done. Once the chicken has cooled, dice it up and set it aside.   For the sauce, melt butter in a large skillet.  Add onions and cook until transparent.  
Add flour, mustard, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper to make a roux.  
Slowly stir in milk and let cook until thickened.  
Once the sauce has reached the desired consistency add the pimentos, mushrooms (with liquid) and half of the cheese.  Stir and cook until well combined. 
Add diced chicken to the sauce and stir until the chicken is coated. 
In a large dish, layer noodles then sauce/chicken repeating until the final layer is sauce. 
Top with the remaining cheese. 
Bake in a 350 degree oven until the cheese on top is bubbly.  Enjoy!!
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  1. This is absolutely my new favorite spot on the internet!! Hats off to you Ruth- your blog is fabulous. Love it, love it, love it. Can't wait to check in all the time to see what's cooking. Makes me wish I were in the kitchen with you right now with a cocktail and good conversation...
    love, Cathy

  2. Hi Ruth! I am a friend of Laura Towbin's and your blog is my new first stop each week while compiling my weekly menu. Keep it up! and Thank you!