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Lightened Up Chicken Tetrazzini

October 16, 2011

Lately, I’ve had so many requests for an easy, healthy fall weeknight dinner recipe that kids will love too. This recipe for Lightened Up Chicken Tetrazzini is one that really sticks out in my mind. I purchase a rotisserie chicken for the chopped, cooked chicken which makes my life easier. I also used light cream cheese, low sodium chicken broth and whole wheat noodles to make this dish healthier. The panko breadcrumb topping is probably my favorite part, giving it a toasty crunch and pretty golden color. This is a great make-ahead recipe or wonderful to take to someone who is ill or just had a baby. Feel free to make this recipe ahead of time and freeze. To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking as directed.

Lightened Up Chicken Tetrazzini

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Ingredients
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
12 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
11/2 cups grated fresh Parmesan cheese
8 ounces cooked whole wheat angel hair pasta
21/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 325F.

2. Cook onions, celery, carrots, mushrooms, salt and pepper in a large Dutch oven over medium heat 4 minutes or until slightly tender. Add flour and cook 5 minutes. Gradually add broth and simmer 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add cream cheese and Parmesan, stirring with a whisk. Stir in chicken, mixing well. Add chicken mixture to pasta, tossing gently.

2. Spoon pasta mixture into a lightly greased 11- x 7- inch baking dish.

3. Melt butter in skillet. Brown panko breadcrumbs in skillet 2 minutes. Sprinkle evenly over pasta mixture. Bake at 325F for 30 minutes or until browned and bubbly.



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30 Responses to “Lightened Up Chicken Tetrazzini”
Sheryl says:
October, 16 2011at 09:07 pm
This is calling my name
October, 18 2011at 10:45 am
this sounds just delish. we always ate chicken tetrazzini growing up but i've never tried making it as a grown-up. =) i love anything that can use a rotisserie chicken to save time, so i'll definitely be trying this!
Taylor says:
October, 18 2011at 01:50 pm
I made this for dinner last night and wow, what a huge success. This is so so good. Perfect for a chilly fall dinner. Thank you!!
October, 17 2011at 10:24 pm
I love lightened up versions of comfort dishes and this one looks like a keeper. I can see why the crunchy breadcrumbs are your favorite part. Wonderful!
Barbara says:
October, 16 2011at 09:08 pm
This is going on my menu this week
October, 16 2011at 09:22 pm
This is ABSOLUTELY happening in my life this week. Or tomorrow. Or right now.
Jeanette says:
October, 17 2011at 07:10 am
This is a true comfort dish, love how you lightened it up and added some whole grains!
Carolyn says:
October, 17 2011at 07:37 am
Oh my, that looks good. I could make the chicken and serve it over shirataki noodles and it would make a great low carb meal!
October, 17 2011at 07:52 am
How great to have a lightened up version. I'll have to give it a try. Love Panko too.
October, 17 2011at 08:29 am
What a great idea to healthy-fy this classic dish.
October, 17 2011at 09:07 am
This is one of our all-time favorites. It's my standard day-after Thanksgiving dish (subbed with Turkey for the chicken) and I'm really happy to see it in a lightened version. Fabulous.
October, 17 2011at 09:39 am
I LOVE this! YOu lightened up one of my favorite comfort foods!!!!
October, 17 2011at 11:02 am
looks great, love lighter meals like this.
October, 17 2011at 11:33 am
Looks fab Alison!! My "Recipes to Make" list is getting long. I better stop looking and go start cooking!! :)
Sandi says:
October, 17 2011at 03:52 pm
I just don't do enough w/bread crumbs. Adds such a terrific texture-
Heidi / foodiecrush says:
October, 17 2011at 05:47 pm
This was one of the first dishes I made when we were first married, full of cream and fatness. This version def fits in with my lifestyle now, now that the lbs have an easier way of finding their way to my jeans.
October, 17 2011at 12:58 am
This looks like something my kids would love. I especially like the addition of carrots and mushrooms. Definitely will have to give this a try!
Tracy says:
October, 20 2011at 09:40 am
This looks amazing! I might even throw in some sweet potato too. Yum.
October, 19 2011at 12:04 pm
I could seriously go for a plate of this for lunch right this second! Looks so fantastic!
marla says:
October, 20 2011at 01:10 pm
I must try this chicken recipe...my kids would love it!
May, 29 2012at 10:33 pm
This is SO good and is my husbands favorite recipe that I cook...thank you thank you!
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I had this bookmarked forever and finally made it last night. FABULOUS dish. Four people eating left nothing in the pan!
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