Saturday, April 2, 2011

Chicken Tetrazzini

My husband Trey had hip replacement surgery on Monday.   I needed to make a casserole to have when he got home.   I know we all have those go-to recipes that we fall back on when we need to deliver food to a neighbor or need to prepare something in advance and this is one to keep!   It's easy to prepare, freezes well and cooks up into something delicious!

Chicken Tetrazzini

Ingredients:
  • 6 T butter
  • 1 lb mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 2 C milk
  • 1/2 C half and half
  • 1 C chicken broth
  • 1/2 C white wine
  • 2 1/2 C Parmesan, grated
  • 1 lb pasta of choice
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed
  • 2 small cans sliced black olives
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions:   Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bring a pot of salted water to a boil.   In a large saute pan, melt 2 T butter over high heat and saute mushrooms until browned.   Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

In the same saute pan, melt remaining 4 T butter.   Add flour and cook for a minute.   Gradually add milk, half and half, chicken broth and wine, whisking together.   Bring to a boil then reduce heat to med-low.   Add 2 C Parmesan, season with salt and pepper.

Undercook the pasta a bit, to just before al dente.   Drain and return to pot.   Add sauce, mushrooms, chicken, and olives and toss to combine.   Turn out into a large casserole dish and top with remaining 1/2 C Parmesan.   Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes.   Let cool a little bit before serving.

If you want to FREEZE the Tetrazzini, cover casserole with foil and place in freezer.  To bake after freezing, thaw casserole in refrigerator overnight.   Bake at 400 degrees covered for 30 minutes.  Uncover and continue to bake until top is browned.

6 comments:

Kath said...

What a great idea for a make-ahead dish when you need it! Thanks!

(Hope your husband's recovery is going well. People we know have had such amazing results with hip replacement!)

Kate@Diethood.com said...

Beautiful casserole... sounds so good!

Hope your husband is doing well!

Kristen said...

This is one of my husband's favorite meals. I often forget about it, but he reminds me to make it every few months. It is delicious.

Lizzy said...

Yum, we love chicken/turkey tetrazzini! I haven't ever added olives, but that sounds delicious :)

Hope your hubby is on the mend~

Kimberly said...

I love Chicken Tetrazzini! One of our favorites. I hope your hubby is healing up nicely!

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

I love casseroles, so awesome and easy! Hope the husband is on the mend and will be out and about soon!