Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole – Chicken Tetrazzini With Egg Noodles

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Our version of homemade Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole (with egg noodles) is without canned soup, sour cream and cream. Instead, the cheesy sauce is made from milk, chicken broth and shredded Parmesan. This Chicken Tetrazzini with homemade sauce is just like Grandma might make back in her day.

Our version of homemade Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole (with egg noodles) is without canned soup, sour cream and cream. Instead, the cheesy sauce is made from milk, chicken broth and shredded Parmesan. This Chicken Tetrazzini with homemade sauce is just like Grandma might make back in her day.

Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole Recipe

Have you ever tried a tetrazzini casserole with chicken, shrimp or turkey? It’s consists of a cheesy, creamy sauce that is full of some type of meat or seafood and also mushrooms or peas. Why is it called tetrazzini? Supposedly, this dish was created by an Italian opera star whose last name was Tetrazzini.

I just so happened to have a big container of leftover poached, shredded chicken in the fridge when I stumbled upon this easy chicken tetrazzini recipe in a collection of recipes from the Waynesburg Church.

As I was scrolling through the rest of the ingredients, I was pleased to find that I had everything that this chicken tetrazzini casserole called for on hand.

Our version of homemade Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole is without canned soup, sour cream and cream.  Instead, the cheesy sauce is made from milk, chicken broth, and shredded Parmesan.  I guess you could say this is just like Grandma would make back in her day.

Ingredient List for Chicken Tetrazzini with Homemade Sauce

  • Wide Egg Noodles
  • Butter
  • Diced Pepper (optional)
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Chicken Broth
  • Milk
  • Canned Mushrooms (optional)
  • Parmesan Cheese, shredded
  • Chicken, cooked and shredded (rotisserie chicken works great)
  • Butter Crackers, crushed
Our version of homemade Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole (with egg noodles) is without canned soup, sour cream and cream. Instead, the cheesy sauce is made from milk, chicken broth and shredded Parmesan. This Chicken Tetrazzini with homemade sauce is just like Grandma might make back in her day.

Chicken Tetrazzini with Egg Noodles

Many chicken tetrazzini recipes use spaghetti noodles; however, our version uses those cheap wide egg noodles. My kids eat these really well.

I love that this version can be called chicken tetrazzini without soup, chicken tetrazzini without canned soup, chicken tetrazzini without sour cream, chicken tetrazzini without heavy cream.  It checks all those boxes. In my mind, I picture Grandma making this exact old fashioned chicken tetrazzini recipe with homemade sauce.

Many chicken tetrazzini recipes use spaghetti noodles; however, our casserole version uses those cheap wide egg noodles.

How to Make Cheesy Chicken Tetrazzini

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Sauté diced peppers in butter; add flour and stir.  If you are omitting peppers, melt butter, and whisk in flour instead.
  2. Slowly add milk and chicken broth while stirring constantly until the sauce thickens slightly.
  3. Add cheese, mushrooms (omit, if desired) and chicken and stir until the cheese melts.
  4. Stir in cooked noodles until combined.
  5. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Sprinkle with crushed butter crackers.
  7. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for 10-20 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
  8. Let sit 10 minutes to set up before serving.

Storage Instructions

Let leftovers cool completely. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.

For the full instructions and ingredient amounts for easy chicken tetrazzini without canned soup, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

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Recipe FAQs

  • Our recipes calls for wide egg noodles. Substitute cooked spaghetti or linguine if desired.
  • Par-boil the noodles (don’t cook completely) because they will finish cooking in the oven.
  • Want to make a whole chicken in the slow cooker so you have homemade chicken on hand? Try this recipe.
  • Red, yellow or green peppers can be used, or leave them out if desired.
  • Mushrooms are optional or use fresh mushrooms sautéed in butter.
  • Add green peas for some added nutrients. Use frozen, and add with the chicken, mushrooms and cheese.
  • Substitute crushed crackers with bread crumbs or crushed potato chips.
  • Make this ahead and freeze. Just be sure to leave off the crushed butter crackers before freezing. Add them right before cooking.
  • This casserole reminds me of my Mom’s Tuna Noodle Casserole. Try it!
This chicken tetrazzini casserole is topped with crushed crackers to add an extra layer of flavor and texture.

Our Family Favorite Casserole Recipes

Looking for some more family-favorite casseroles?  Try some of our favorites:

Ground Beef Shepherd’s Pie

You can use pre-cooked mashed potatoes to quickly whip up this Easy Shepherd's Pie for a dinner that your entire family will love.

Easy Reuben Casserole

This easy Reuben casserole features all the classic ingredients of a Reuben sandwich---sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese, pastrami, and rye bread in the form of a hearty casserole that comes together start to finish in 30 minutes or less.

Grandma’s Chicken Rice Casserole

Grandma's Chicken and Rice Casserole is one of those dishes the entire family will eat. This casserole is a perfect way to take leftover chicken, rice - and even hard-boiled eggs - and turn them into a whole new dish.

Chicken and Spanish Rice 

Spanish Chicken and Rice is a new spin on classic baked chicken and rice casserole.  This new and improved version contains peppers and tomatoes and is seasoned up with chili powder for some mild spice.  This one dish dinner will be a new favorite in your weeknight rotation.

Crock Pot French Onion Pork Chops and Rice

Crock Pot French Onion Pork Chops and Rice is a meal for the whole family. Let the pork chops cook all day and just add the rice when you are ready to eat.

Chicken Noodle Casserole

This classic chicken noodle casserole with a crunchy potato chip topping will take you right back to your childhood.  Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole with Potato Chips is quick and simple, and your family will give it two thumbs up.

Frisco Melt Tater Tot Casserole

Frisco Tater Tot Casserole is an updated recipe without soup, without milk and without sour cream. It's easy and cheesy.

Can you make chicken tetrazzini a day ahead?

Yes, prepare the tetrazzini the day before, cover tightly and store in the refrigerator. Bake according to recipe instructions, allowing extra time if needed to cook it from cold.

What does chicken tetrazzini taste like?

Chicken tetrazzini has a creamy texture and a has a flavor almost like that of an alfredo sauce.

Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole – Chicken Tetrazzini With Egg Noodles

Our version of homemade Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole (with egg noodles) is without canned soup, sour cream and cream. Instead, the cheesy sauce is made from milk, chicken broth and shredded Parmesan. This Chicken Tetrazzini with homemade sauce is just like Grandma might make back in her day.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Casserole, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken tetrazzini, chicken tetrazzini withou cream, chicken tetrazzini without cream soup, chicken tetrazzini without soup, chicken tetrazzini without sour cream, creamy chicken tetrazzini
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 1/2 pound wide egg noodles, par-cooked
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 pepper, diced (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 14 ounces chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces canned mushrooms, drained (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 sleeve butter crackers, crushed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, saute peppers in butter until soft; add flour and stir. If omitting peppers, melt butter, and whisk in flour.
    Our version of homemade Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole (with egg noodles) is without canned soup, sour cream and cream. Instead, the cheesy sauce is made from milk, chicken broth and shredded Parmesan. This Chicken Tetrazzini with homemade sauce is just like Grandma might make back in her day.
  • Slowly add milk and chicken broth, stirring constantly over medium high heat until it starts to lightly thicken.
    Our version of homemade Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole (with egg noodles) is without canned soup, sour cream and cream. Instead, the cheesy sauce is made from milk, chicken broth and shredded Parmesan. This Chicken Tetrazzini with homemade sauce is just like Grandma might make back in her day.
  • Add cheese, mushrooms (optional) and chicken, and stir until the cheese is melted and smooth.
    Our version of homemade Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole (with egg noodles) is without canned soup, sour cream and cream. Instead, the cheesy sauce is made from milk, chicken broth and shredded Parmesan. This Chicken Tetrazzini with homemade sauce is just like Grandma might make back in her day.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
  • Stir in partially cooked noodles; pour into prepared baking dish.
    Our version of homemade Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole (with egg noodles) is without canned soup, sour cream and cream. Instead, the cheesy sauce is made from milk, chicken broth and shredded Parmesan. This Chicken Tetrazzini with homemade sauce is just like Grandma might make back in her day.
  • Top with crushed crackers. Bake for 10-20 minutes or until golden brown.
    Our version of homemade Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole (with egg noodles) is without canned soup, sour cream and cream. Instead, the cheesy sauce is made from milk, chicken broth and shredded Parmesan. This Chicken Tetrazzini with homemade sauce is just like Grandma might make back in her day.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes before serving to set up.
    Our version of homemade Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole (with egg noodles) is without canned soup, sour cream and cream. Instead, the cheesy sauce is made from milk, chicken broth and shredded Parmesan. This Chicken Tetrazzini with homemade sauce is just like Grandma might make back in her day.

Notes

  • Our recipes calls for wide egg noodles. Substitute cooked spaghetti or linguine if desired.
  • Par-boil the noodles (don’t cook completely) because they will finish cooking in the oven.
  • Want to make a whole chicken in the slow cooker so you have homemade chicken on hand? Try this recipe.
  • Red, yellow or green peppers can be used, or leave them out if desired.
  • Mushrooms are optional or use fresh mushrooms sautéed in butter.
  • Add green peas for some added nutrients. Use frozen, and add with the chicken, mushrooms and cheese.
  • Substitute crushed crackers with bread crumbs or crushed potato chips.
  • Make this ahead and freeze.  Just be sure to leave off the crushed butter crackers before freezing. Add them right before cooking.
  • This casserole reminds me of my Mom’s Tuna Noodle Casserole. Try it!
  • The nutritional information is auto-calculated and can vary depending on the products used. It should not be used for specific dietary needs.

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 511IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 375mg | Iron: 1mg
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Our version of homemade Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole (with egg noodles) is without canned soup, sour cream and cream. Instead, the cheesy sauce is made from milk, chicken broth and shredded Parmesan. This Chicken Tetrazzini with homemade sauce is just like Grandma might make back in her day.

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