Recipe Makeover: Healthier Chicken Tetrazzini
By: Sidney Fry MS, RD
Tetrazzini is one of those dishes that practical cooks love: It makes delicious use of leftover chicken or turkey and is bound to please your crowd. The traditional dish is a cozy casserole for sure, but with a rich cast of characters—cream, butter, cheese, pasta—that packs 670 calories and a day's worth of sat fat into just one helping. The New Year calls for a new casserole. How about the same comfort-filled yum for just 435 calories?
19.9 grams saturated fat
1,088 milligrams sodium
4.9 grams saturated fat
573 milligrams sodium
This low-fat option replaces whipping cream and whole milk to save 145 calories and 9.2g sat fat per serving. Unsalted chicken stock and wine enrich the sauce with savory and acidic notes.
8 cups of fresh mushrooms, green peas, and onions sub in for 25% of the calorie-heavy pasta to add maximum flavor with minimum salt and fat, shaving another 82 calories per serving.
Parmigiano-Reggiano and 1/3-less-fat cream cheese replace the traditional stick of butter and add a rich, creamy cheesiness to our light béchamel sauce—saving 68 calories and 6.2g sat fat per serving.