Skinny Chicken Tetrazzini

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Hi hi hi. How was your weekend? Have a good Valentine’s Day? Did you get flowers? Chocolates? A nice meal? Pizza? A stiff drink? Shirley Temple? Takeout? Diamonds?

Mine was lovely and started out with some gorgeous roses and tulips along with a few of my favorite things from the hubs. We enjoyed a nice quiet dinner at home and Kevin even let me turn the thermostat up to 73 degrees and blast Celine Dion’s greatest hits while we sipped on cocktails and nibbled on hors d’oeuvres. He’s a keeper.

Saturday night, we wrapped it all up with a date night to our favorite Italian restaurant where I got not one, but two entrées (fettuccine alfredo and veal parmesan), and two, very stiff dirty martinis. It was glorious.

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Speaking of love, I just finished watching the proposal on Keeping up With the Kardashians (yes, embarrassingly I still watch it), and even though I can’t stand Kim Kardashian or Kayne West, it was actually really sweet to see their proposal, and I’m not gonna lie, I totally shed a few tears – it was just… breathtaking…

You may de-friend me now.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I also just watched the first three episodes of House of Cards, and holy crap, I just about jumped out of my seat when the most shocking turn on the planet happened in the very first episode. I won’t say what it was in case you haven’t seen it, but it was without a doubt the most shocking scene I’ve ever seen on TV – seriously, my jaw is still on the floor.

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In other real life news, I made this chicken tetrazzini about five million years ago, and am just now getting around to sharing it. I don’t want you to think it’s not worthy, because it is, it’s just that there were game day recipes to be made, and there were romantic Valentine’s Day dishes to be shared and in the midst of it all, this poor guy kind of got forgotten.

Forgotten no more.

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This winter favorite has all over the flavor and comfort-factor of a traditional chicken tetrazzini, but with a fraction of the fat. The heavy cream is swapped out for a part low-fat milk and part chicken stock mixture; the butter is cut back and the full-fat cheddar cheese is swapped out with a 2% milk variety. I still used regular ol’ linguini, but you could even substitute it for whole-wheat pasta, rice pasta or even quinoa pasta to lighten it up even more.

So creamy. So decadent. SO comforting. And the best part is I don’t have to wallow in self-pity and guilt after I have a serving (or two) for dinner…and…lunch…and breakfast…

Ok, that’s a lie, I would most definitely not feel good about myself if I ate for every meal, but you get my point, it’s feel-good food.

And because it’s midnight on Sunday, that’s all I’ve got for you today.

Happy Monday! Talk to you on Wednesday.

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Skinny Chicken Tetrazzini
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 pound linguini
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1¼ teaspoons salt, divided
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2¼ cups 1 or 2% milk
  • 1½ cups chicken stock
  • ¾ cup sherry
  • 2 cups shredded 2% milk cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups, cooked, cubed chicken
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a casserole dish.
  2. Bring a large stock pot filled with water to a rolling boil. Add a generous handful of salt. Cook linguini until aldente. Drain and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, over a medium heat, melt two tablespoons butter. Add onions, mushrooms and ½ teaspoon salt and cook until softened, about five minutes. Add remaining tablespoon of butter, stir until melted.
  4. Stir in flour, cook another minute or so to get rid of the raw flour taste. Remove from heat.
  5. Slowly whisk in milk and chicken stock, making sure there are no lumps. Place back on heat and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer until thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Add sherry and simmer another minute or two. Remove from heat.
  7. Add grated cheese, frozen peas and cubed chicken. Stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Transfer to casserole dish and place in the oven. Bake until bubbly and cheese has melted, about 20-25 minutes

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  1. haha I cry an embarrassing amount of times during tv shows … I normally try to hide it since the husband likes to make fun at me for being so emotional over tv : ) Ah well. This dish looks awesome – and I’m starving and I should really stop reading blogs before dinner… because I want to reach through the computer and take a big bite.

  2. Oh man, I TOTALLY make dishes and then don’t share them for a bazillion years. Totally guilty! I want to watch House of Cards and I barely have time for my new breaking bad addiction.
    Going off to drown my sorrows by face planting into that glorious pile ‘o carby heaven!

    • And you have a long way to go for Breaking Bad, but trust me, you’ll get through it in a flash! And then you’ll you’ll be addicted to House of Cards. Good thing about, HOC is I think this is the last season so there’s not much to catch up on.

  3. HAHA loved that you admitted to watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians..guilty here too. However, I missed the last episode. This recipe looks awesome…reminds me of a tuna tetrazzini my mom made when I was younger that I absolutely loved. I like that you don’t use anything canned. I will have to try :)

    • Ok, I’m glad I’m not the only one. I feel like I’ll be crucified whenever I tell people I still watch it. Lol. It’s totally similar to those tuna casseroles we grew up eating! Although without all the processed crap and fat! Thanks Kelly!

  4. There’s pretty much nothing more comforting than noodles in white sauce. Love the low calorie version! You are way better at this low fat thing than I am.

    Also, I love that you ordered 2 entrees. This is why we are friends. All about the moderation right? <–totally forgot that was your tagline until right now, and now I'm laughing my butt off.

  5. The ultimate dinner for this kind of weather! Comfort on a plate – without the guilt. This skinny version looks so scrumptious. Cannot wait to try it!

  6. I just started watching House of Cards this past weekend too! Just 1 episode in so far… can’t wait to go home tonight and watch a bunch more! Sounds like we’re both hooked.

    And what a great looking pasta dish! Such a comforting plate of goodness for all this crazy cold weather we’ve been having!

  7. Two entrees? Hot dog, you’re a lucky gal. This skinny version of chicken tetrazzini looks scrumptious. I want to swirl my fork all up in that pasta. Pinned.

  8. Thermostat to 73 degrees? He’s a total keeper. And YES to the shocking start of House of Cards — I literally jumped off the couch when I saw that. Insane.

    Also I’ve been dreaming of this tetrazzini all day since I first saw the post… going on the weekend menu, fo’ sho’!

  9. I love this meal on cold winter days. I will be trying this tonight! it looks wonderful!

  10. I managed to rid myself of Keeping Up with the Kardashians right around the time I started blogging but now you’re making me want to load up the DVR with reruns! I can’t stand them either but I still want to see it, lol!

    This pasta…you make it look like heaven on a plate! Your pictures are so perfectly creamy.

  11. Totally plan to make this in the next few days! Two questions – when do you add the chicken? Anything I can use instead of sherry? It’s just something I never buy or have around. Maybe I can just get some for the recipe and give the rest to Farrah ;)

    • Wonderful!! I totally forgot to put the chicken in the recipe huh? :) You can toss it in at the end when you add the cheese. Also, there really isn’t anything that can replicate the nutty flavor of dry sherry, but you can absolutely omit it, and replace it with chicken stock or dry white wine, it will just taste different, but equally delicious!

  12. Comfort food at it’s best. Looks fantastic!

  13. this is such a comforting dish. I can definitely have it few times a week and be a happy camper. :P I didn’t get flowers for V-day…but I did enjoyed some chocolate…that’s because I made some for my Hubby! hahaha…my typical married life! :D

  14. This looks so delicious- looks like my kind of pasta dish! :)

  15. Jessica says:

    wonderful recipe. tho i threw it in the oven just now, i know it’s gonna be great! gotta taste as i go…thank you for posting it, reminds me of my favorite comfort carry out place when i was younger and broke-er :)

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