Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

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Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

Ease of Preparation: Easy Recipe

Dish Description:
A delicious if unauthentic American-Italian dish. The highlight of this dish is the excessive use of parmesan and the unashamed use of a generous cream sauce. This dish is another one of my family’s favorite recipes. It was first brought into our family by my grandparents neighborhood gourmet club.

Tasting Guidelines:
This recipe should taste cheesy, creamy, and savory.
The weight of this recipe is heavy but can be balanced with lemon juice or vinegar.
The texture of this recipe is soft.
This recipe is good for people with low treatment side effects.
This recipe gives an emotional response of being warm and loved.
This recipe is best categorized as American-Italian.

Food Ingredients:
4 chicken breast, seasoned with salt and pepper, grilled, and cut into cubes
2 c. parmesan cheese, grated
1 lb. linguine noodles
1 medium yellow onion, diced
8 oz. Portabella mushrooms, sliced
1 small jar pimentos
1 c. heavy whipping cream
1/2 stick butter
4 tbsp. flour

Flavor Balancers:
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. sugar

Aromatics:
2 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. dried oregano

Recipe Directions:
Prepare sauce. Melt butter over medium heat in large sauté pan. Add mushrooms, onions, and garlic. Sauté until onions and mushrooms sweat and onions are translucent. Add soy sauce, pepper, red wine vinegar, and sugar. Stir in flour to soak up the excess butter. Whisk in cream. Allow to thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in pimentos and half of the parmesan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked noodles, sauce, and chicken, stirring thoroughly. Transfer to a large casserole dish. Cover top with parmesan. Bake together in a 350°F oven until parmesan is golden brown across the top.

Chef Recipe Tips:
If it doesn’t look like there is going to be enough sauce, add milk to stretch sauce out. This is a family recipe so my mom was extremely partial to this recipe.


Cooking for Chemo focuses on teaching you how to make your food taste good again during cancer and chemotherapy treatments. The flavor and cooking techniques contained within our easy to make recipes will help improve your quality of life as you go through cancer and chemotherapy treatments. Our cooking and flavor techniques can be integrated with any diet regimine. All of our recipes can be made with organic ingredients if you choose. Our holistic approach to cooking will help you not only be able to eat but to also enjoy the taste of your food again during and after cancer and chemotherapy treatments. We have many healthy recipes, crockpot recipes, chicken recipes, dinner recipes, shrimp recipes, pasta recipes, soup recipes, vegan recipes, salad recipes, vegetarian recipes, breakfast recipes, and even a great chili recipe. Talk with your oncologist and dietitian to come up with a quality nutrition plan. This site is not to be taken as or used instead of professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor, oncologist, and dietitian before starting any new diet.

This recipe is taken from Cooking for Chemo …and After! By Chef Ryan Callahan -The Cancer Chef. For more cooking for chemotherapy recipes like this, you can pick up a copy on Amazon. Have specific questions? Email us at cookingforchemo@gmail.com

About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a classically trained chef with fifteen years of culinary experience. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments.