An Unusual Sauce

Chicken Almondzini is a unique retro “comfort food” dish that features chicken, spaghetti, Swiss cheese, broccoli, mushrooms, pimento and almonds in a creamy, cheesy sauce. Most noteworthy is the unique way in which the sauce is prepared.

Especially relevant is the fact that the sauce is very similar to a white sauce but it’s made with mayonnaise instead of butter! Mayonnaise is combined with flour, minced onion and garlic salt in a saucepan. To this mixture milk is added and the mixture is stirred constantly over low heat until thickened. Cheese and wine (or chicken broth) are added next, stirring the sauce until the cheese has melted.

Once the cheesy sauce is finished, combine it with the other ingredients and pour the mixture into a 13″ x 9″ x 2″ baking pan. Bake at 350ºF for 45 minutes.


The Recipe for Chicken Almondzini

Chicken Almondzini
Serves 6
A unique retro recipe made with chicken, spaghetti, Swiss cheese, broccoli, mushrooms, pimento and almonds in a creamy, cheesy sauce.
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Cook Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1/3 cup flour
  3. 2 tablespoons instant minced onion
  4. 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  5. 2 1/4 cups milk
  6. 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Swiss cheese
  7. 1/3 cup dry white wine (or chicken broth, if you prefer)
  8. 7 ounces spaghetti, cooked & drained
  9. 2 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
  10. 1 10-oz. package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed & drained
  11. 1 1/4 cups sliced almonds
  12. 1 4-oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
  13. 1/2 cup chopped pimento
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine mayonnaise, flour and seasoning.
  2. Gradually add milk, cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened.
  3. Add cheese and wine (or chicken broth) and stir until the cheese melts.
  4. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise mixture, spaghetti, chicken, broccoli, 3/4 cup almonds, mushrooms and pimento; toss lightly.
  5. Pour mixture into a 13" x 9" x 2" baking dish.
  6. Top with remaining almonds.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 40-45 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  8. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Adapted from Kraft
Adapted from Kraft
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 Recipe Notes

I found the recipe for Chicken Almondzini in a Kraft advertisement in a magazine years ago, tried it and liked it! It is somewhat similar to Chicken Tetrazzini but with additional vegetables. I would definitely classify this recipe as “comfort food” since it has pasta in a cheesy sauce with chicken. 

To increase the nutritional value of this recipe I used whole wheat spaghetti. To lower the fat intake, skim or low-fat milk may be used. Chicken broth may be used instead of wine in this recipe, if you prefer.

I had fresh broccoli on hand when I prepared this dish so I steamed the broccoli until it was just tender before adding it to the recipe.

If you prefer a cheese with a stronger flavor profile, feel free to substitute it for the Swiss cheese in this recipe.

If I were to change anything about this recipe the next time I make it, I would add a 4-oz. can of mild green chilies to it! I love the way mild green chilies add another layer of flavor to any dish to which it is added!

Chicken Almondzini is a great dish to warm you and help soothe the stress of colder weather! I hope you’ll try it soon!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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