This is a great Sicilian-inspired casserole to make for a crowd or for leftovers all week long! I used store-bought cooked, rotisserie white chicken meat to speed up the process. You could poach a few chicken breasts, cool and chop instead. We have also made this dish many times with leftover turkey and homemade turkey stock after Thanksgiving. Use a good quality Marsala wine for that special touch.
Watch the video for tips on making the Marsala cream sauce from a roux.
Chicken Tetrazzini with Marsala
- 1 lb fettuccine cooked to almost al la dente
- 1 ½ lbs. cooked chopped chicken meat
- 1 boxes of chicken stock or 4 cups of homemade
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 lb. white button mushrooms sliced
- 1 TB olive oil
- ½ cup quality Dry Marsala wine do not use cooking wine
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 cup frozen peas thawed
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- Fresh ground nutmeg
- Black pepper & red pepper flakes
- Kosher salt
- 2 cups grated Parmesan Cheese
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add onion and cook until softened. Add most of the flour (you can add more if needed) and stir until a thick paste forms. Let it cook until slightly brown and foamy. Slowly add 4 cups (1 box) of stock, stirring to velvety consistency. Add salt, peppers, thyme, and nutmeg.
- Add the peas and stir. Simmer on medium low heat.
- Saute the mushrooms in the oil in a separate pan until brown and caramelized.
- Put the chicken meat and the mushrooms in the sauce and heat all the way through. Add 1 cup parmesan cheese and mix in.
- Put the cooled pasta in a large, oven-safe casserole baking dish. Pour the chicken sauce over the pasta and mix well. Sprinkle a layer of the remaining parm cheese on top and finally sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top of the cheese.
- Bake at 375F for 40 minutes or until bubbly and browned on top.
- Serve with a salad, and a good bottle of Pinot Grigio. Chicken Tetrazzini is fabulous as a leftover. A bowl of this saucy goodness can be reheated in the microwave, and is better the next day.