Southern Chicken Tetrazzini

Southern Chicken Tetrazzini

Creamy chicken tetrazzini is made with chicken thighs, sliced mushrooms, parmesan cheese, and cream of chicken soup.  This easy pasta dinner is ready in 20 minutes.  This is serious comfort food!


Welcome to My Kitchen Serenity!  I’m excited to share with you my Southern Chicken Tetrazzini recipe!  What makes this so southern you may ask?  Because it’s packed with flavor.  No bland flavors allowed on my site!  My recipes are “easy” with a Southern flair.


Why This Recipe Works

Southern flavors include lots of seasoning for this meal including Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, paprika, and the usual salt and pepper.  The Worcestershire sauce gives this dish a golden brown color and amazing flavor.


We love this easy family dinner recipe.  Most everybody loves pasta, especially kids since it’s fun to eat.  Get ready to wipe those messy chins lol.


cooked meal in white plate


Budget Friendly Pasta Recipe

Most pasta recipes are budget-friendly, too.  Assuming you already have the basics on hand (butter, olive oil, milk, salt, pepper), this particular recipe costs around $20.00 using store brands where available (as of May 2020) and feeds about 4 adults. 


You can lower the cost by using generic or store brands.  You don’t have to use Campbell’s soup; use the store brand.  Most of the ingredients in this recipe are available with the store brand version.


This is a favorite quick and easy dinner that everyone loves.  No baking required!  It’s definitely southern comfort food that’s ready in 20 minutes!


I laid out all the ingredients for the picture below but forgot the Worcestershire sauce and optional chicken bouillon cube.  Sorry about that!





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dry linguini or fettuccine

chicken thighs, boneless skinless

olive oil




Worcestershire sauce

cream of chicken soup


shredded parmesan cheese

lemon juice




chicken bouillon cube(s) – optional



Easy Instructions

  • Brown diced chicken thighs in olive oil.  Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Cook garlic and mushrooms in butter.  Add seasonings.
  • Stir in soup, milk, cheese, cooked pasta, and cooked chicken.
  • Sprinkle with more cheese.  Heat to bubbly.
  • Eat!


pasta in large skillet


Do you love easy pasta recipes?  If so, be sure to check out my Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pasta recipe. It’s made with chicken breasts, broccoli florets, penne pasta, and an easy homemade alfredo sauce.


If a beef noodle casserole is on your meal planner, try my Beef Noodle Casserole recipe. It’s filled with ground beef, egg noodles, robust tomato sauce, and a creamy cheesy sauce.


For the ultimate easy lasagna, try my Easy Meat Lasagna Recipe!  Easy homemade lasagna with three layers of lasagna noodles, meat sauce, and lots of creamy ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses.  You’ll love this traditional Italian lasagna recipe!  Easy make-ahead and freezer-friendly, too.



As most people know, you can easily substitute turkey for the chicken.  Turkey tetrazzini has been around for as long as I can remember.  If you’re looking for a way to use leftover turkey, put it in a casserole!  This is a great casserole to do just that!


Everybody has their favorite kind of pasta for this meal.  I used fettuccini this time.  The fact is, you can use whatever pasta you like or what’s available.  Linguini or spaghetti noodles or even the refrigerated pasta will do the job. 


This quick and easy recipe only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish.  However, if you want to use a store bought rotisserie chicken, then please do so.  It only takes about 10 minutes to remove all the meat and chop or shred.  


I like to use Parmesan cheese for this recipe.  You can use cheddar cheese, but sometimes cheddar can be a bit greasy.  Just 1/2 cup parmesan cheese in the mixture adds just the right amount of “cheesiness” and also adds fantastic flavor!


If you’re like my daughter, you don’t like mushrooms.  What?!  If you don’t like mushrooms, you can leave them out or consider adding green peas instead.  Some people add pimento to give it a splash of color.


Make-ahead Tip

Chicken tetrazzini is a great make ahead freezer meal, too.  Sometimes when I know I’ll be having company over, I’ll go ahead and make a double batch; then freeze it.  It will stay fresh in the freezer for about 2 months.  Let it thaw in the refrigerator first, then bake at 350F for about 30 minutes or until bubbly hot. 


Side Dish Suggestions

There are many great sides that go well with this dish!  My first choice would be something like a green salad and french bread because the casserole itself is very filling.  Other side dishes that go well with this recipe include:

Crunchy Romaine Tossed Salad

Or these Southern Style Green Beans from Soulfully Made


Storing Leftovers

Store any leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I prefer to use BPA-free glass containers with locking lids.  Check out this 18-piece set of glass food storage containers with locking lids from Bayco, available now on Amazon.

plated pasta

Southern Chicken Tetrazzini

Creamy chicken tetrazzini is made with chicken thighs, sliced mushrooms, parmesan cheese, and cream of chicken soup.  This easy pasta dinner is ready in 20 minutes.  This is serious comfort food!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 494kcal


  • Large pot for boiling pasta
  • Pasta strainer
  • large pot for cooking chicken alfredo
  • measuring cup(s)
  • measuring spoons


  • 1/2 pound dry linguini or fettuccine
  • 1-2 chicken bouillon cube(s) - optional
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Optional: Add 1-2 chicken bouillon cubes to the boiling water before adding pasta to add extra flavor. Drain.
  • Sprinkle the diced chicken thighs with a little salt and pepper, if desired. In a large pan, brown the diced chicken thighs in olive oil for about 5 minutes or until no longer pink.  Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • To the same pan, add butter, garlic, sliced mushrooms, and Worcestershire sauce. Gently simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until mushrooms are browned.
  • Using a spatula, scrape the bottom of the pan to incorporate any bits and pieces that may have adhered to the bottom of the pan. This is where your flavor is, so be sure to get it all!
  • Add cream of chicken soup, milk, lemon juice, paprika, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. Stir well.
  • Add the cooked pasta and cooked chicken to the pan. Stir to combine. Add the other 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese on top. Heat to bubbly!


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  You can use a whole, deboned, and chopped rotisserie chicken instead of chicken thighs.
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Serving: 13oz | Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 29.5g | Sodium: 1091mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g

Nutritional data is for the brands that I used.  Different brands may slightly change the data.


If you try this recipe, please let me know!  I’d love to hear from you.



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