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Anne Byrn's Chicken Tetrazzini

Serves: 6 to 8
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8 ounces thin spaghetti or vermicelli, broken in half
3 cups (12 ounces) chopped or shredded cooked chicken
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups (8 ounces) sliced button or cremini mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sherry
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup (4 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced green olives
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans, for garnish


Arrange an oven rack to the center position and heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the pasta, reduce the heat to medium-high, and cook, uncovered, until just al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain well, shaking to remove excess water, and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the chicken.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When the butter is foamy, add the mushrooms, onion, and celery and cook, stirring, until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk in the chicken broth and cook, stirring, until it begins to thicken, 1 to 2 minutes.

Stir in the cream and sherry, season with salt and pepper, and continue to cook, stirring, until the sauce comes just to a boil, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of the Parmesan, along with the olives. Pour the sauce into the bowl with the chicken and noodles and stir to combine.

Transfer the chicken mixture to a 9- by 13-inch baking dish or a large round casserole. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan. Bake until the casserole is bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes.

Scatter with the toasted pecans and serve.

Photo: Danielle Atkins

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