Chicken Tetrazzini

This pasta bake, with its creamy sauce and earthy mushroom flavour, will soon become a family favourite. Ready to go to the dinner table in about an hour, this is a reliable recipe to add to your weekly meal plan.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 50 min


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 cup water, boiling
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 oz dried mushrooms (porcinis or chanterelles)
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 lb whole wheat spaghetti
1 can evaporated milk, partly skimmed, 2% MF
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup basil, fresh

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Put dry Porcini mushrooms in bowl and add boiling water to just cover. Set aside and soak for a few minutes.

  2. Cut chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces removing any visible fat.

  3. Heat olive oil in a saucepan, big enough to hold all the ingredients, over medium high heat. Brown chicken pieces on both sides and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Add the mushrooms with the soaking water to the pan along with the minced fresh garlic, sliced mushrooms and wine. Turn down the heat. Simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and the liquid has reduced by one-third (about 20 minutes).

  5. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in unsalted boiling water according to package cooking time. Drain well.

  6. Add canned milk to the pan and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and season with freshly minced basil. Add the drained spaghetti to the creamy chicken sauce and toss well.

  7. Transfer to a 23 x 33 cm (9×13”) ovenproof baking dish and sprinkle with the freshly grated parmesan cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes in the oven until bubbly and golden brown.

  8. To serve, divide among four plates and garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Helpful Tip

Porcini are a woodland mushroom known as the king of mushrooms in Italian cooking. They have a fine flavour and meaty texture. Use in small amounts to enhance the flavour of cultivated mushrooms.

Nutrition Info

Per 335 g serving Amount
Protein39 g
Fat14 g
Saturated Fat5 g
Carbohydrate48 g
Fibre5 g
Sugar7 g
Cholesterol105 mg
Sodium490 mg
Per 335 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A6
Vitamin C80
Vitamin B631
Vitamin B1234