chicken tetrazzini casserole

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Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 6


vegetable oil - 2 tbsp
chicken breasts - 2 - 3, medium to large
salt and pepper - to taste
spaghetti - 1 16oz package
butter - 6 tbsp
onion - 1/2 medium, chopped
green pepper - 1, finely diced
mushrooms - 1 cup, sliced
all purpose flour - 1/4 cup
half and half - 1 cup
chicken broth - 2 cups
white wine - 1/4 cup
parmesan cheese - 1/2 cup, shredded
paprika - for garnish


Preheat the oven to 425 F and grease a 9x13" casserole dish.
Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Generously salt and pepper the chicken breasts on both sides, then cook until cooked through - about 4 - 5 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and set aside.
While the chicken is cooking, heat the water for the pasta and cook for about 1 minute less than package directions. When cooked, drain in a colander and let sit.
Return the pan you cooked the chicken in to medium heat, add two tbsp of butter and allow to melt. Add the onion and peppers, and cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
Increase the heat to medium high, add the mushrooms and cook until golden brown, about 5 more minutes.
In a saucepan, melt the remaining 4 tbsp butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth, then stir in the half and half and the chicken broth. Increase the heat to medium, and cook and stir until thickened, about 10 minutes, then stir in the white wine and mushrooms.
Cube up the cooked chicken, and stir into the sauce.
Put the spaghetti noodles into your prepared baking dish, then pour the sauce over the top - shake the dish to even everything out.
Sprinkle the parmesan over the top and bake for about 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Before serving, sprinkle with paprika.


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