Chicken Tetrazzini has always been a favorite in our home. It’s an easy recipe anyone can put together and it makes a lot; with a little prep, this recipe is a yummy one-dish meal. I used the recipe out of my Betty Crocker cookbook as a base, but I’ve changed quite a few things to make it my own, including making it a little lighter. I use skim milk instead of whipping cream which cuts out a lot of fat and calories, but I still use butter, so it’s not completely guilt-free!
1 package linguine, broken into pieces
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 white onion, coarsely chopped
6 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup celery leaves
2 cups frozen peas
4 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup skim milk
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Cook linguine for 2 minutes less than package directions. Drain and set aside.
Saute onion, celery and celery leaves in olive oil for about 5 minutes. Set aside.
To make a roux for your sauce base, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. When completely melted, add flour, salt, pepper and thyme, stirring constantly until roux is smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat. Add chicken broth and milk. Return to heat and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Add linguine, sautéed mixture, chicken and frozen peas to the sauce. Pour into a large baking dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs and parmesan evenly on top.
Bake for 30 minutes and enjoy!
Now, I know a lot of you are thinking this Chicken Tetrazzini must not be too creamy since there’s no whipping cream, but it’s plenty creamy enough for us. By substituting skim milk for whipping cream I’m saving this dish a whopping 740 calories, 88 grams of fat and adding 4 grams of protein! Granted, that’s for the entire dish, but if you figure this dish serves about 8 people, my version is nearly 100 calories less per serving. And it’s delicious!
We eat this with a simple salad for an easy, no-fuss meal!