Week 4, Recipe 1: Chicken Tetrazzini

Rashan loves turkey tetrazzini so I made it for his birthday dinner!  (Come to find out he got it at school & the hospital where he once worked-- hilarious! I thought it was something his mom made.)  I got the recipe from Giada De Laurentiis.

  • 9 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, room temperature
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 12 ounces linguine
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup dried Italian-style breadcrumbs
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Spread 1 tablespoon of butter over a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish. Melt 1 tablespoon each of butter and oil in a deep large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the hot pan and cook until pale golden and just cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate to cool slightly. Coarsely shred the chicken into bite-size pieces and into a large bowl.

Meanwhile, add 1 tablespoon each of butter and oil to the same pan. Add the mushrooms and saute over medium-high heat until the liquid from the mushrooms evaporates and the mushrooms become pale golden, about 12 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, and thyme, and saute until the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until it evaporates, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mushroom mixture to the bowl with the chicken.

Melt 3 more tablespoons butter in the same pan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk, cream, broth, nutmeg, remaining 1 3/4 teaspoons salt, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Increase the heat to high. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, until the sauce thickens slightly, whisking often, about 10 minutes.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the linguine and cook until it is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 9 minutes. Drain. Add the linguine, sauce, peas, and parsley to the chicken mixture. Toss until the sauce coats the pasta and the mixture is well blended.

Transfer the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish. Stir the cheese and breadcrumbs in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the pasta. Dot with the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter. Bake, uncovered, until golden brown on top and the sauce bubbles, about 25 minutes.

Results:  This was definitely the most involved recipe I've ever followed as it took about 2 hours.  I ended up calling him in to help at one point because he likes to AND because I felt like I needed more hands than I own to get it done.  That said this joint was DELICIOUS!  I think I'll put the breadcrumbs & cheese mix throughout next time.  SO GOOD!!!  We had to force ourselves to stop eating.  For the wine I used Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon.  We ate by candlelight because we're so cute! :)


Ladynay said...

I dunno about those super complex meals, but maybe one day. It, like the other recipe posts pix, looks yummy!

I'm feeling the dinner set up, very laid back and romantic.

Happy Thanksgiving

Los Angelista said...

Aww, that is SO sweet. I was reading through the ingredients list and felt overwhelmed so kudos to you!

Hope you all are having a fabulous Thanksgiving!!!

Rashan Jamal said...

Thanks so much for the birthday dinner! It really was good. At one point I was trying to identify by smell what you were making to no avail. When you told me, I was mad excited. Came out great, but I do think the cheese and bread mixture through out would set it off even more. YUM!!!

Jameil said...

lady... lolol. birthdays are special occasions! i feel like i take just about that long on any other day i cook so it didn't seem like 2 hours. thanks!! hope your turkey day was fab!

liz... aw! thanks! tg was great!

rj... you're welcome! lol @ i.d. by smell! hilarious! bread & cheese throughout would've been awesome!

Opinionated Diva said...

Definitely going to try this recipe. I'll let you know how it comes out.