This chicken with gnocchi recipe will become your next favorite way to enjoy chicken! For those of you who have never had gnocchi, you may wonder what it resembles or tastes like. Simply put, gnocchi is little softballs that are a bit pillowy and eerily similar to mac and cheese tucked into noodle form.
CHICKEN WITH GNOCCHI
I never tire of one-pan meals like this One Pan Chicken with Gnocchi! They are super easy and convenient and this recipe, in particular, boasts all the winning attributes of a well-balanced meal – protein, veggies, and carbs.
The creamy sauce softens and flavors the pillowy potato gnocchi – a perfect base to rest the tender seasoned chicken breast upon. It looks like a gourmet meal without the effort which is why you should add this as one of your dinner options!
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❤️ WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- It’s a great alternative to a traditional pasta dish while still offering that comfort-food status that we love so much about pasta!
- The ingredients are simple and you get to make this meal in one pan – those are my favorite types of meals!
- Everyone loves this one pan chicken with gnocchi – even the picky eaters.
No technical cooking, no unfamiliar ingredients, or piled dirty pots and pans – this ultra-creamy one-pan chicken with gnocchi simply offers a wholesome meal to anyone craving a bowl of warm comfort food!
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Note: The full list of this Creamy Italian Chicken with Gnocchi Dinner recipe ingredients with their amounts and options are listed in the recipe card below.
- Chicken breasts – boneless, skinless
- Salt and Black Pepper
- Olive Oil Extra virgin
- Diced shallot
- Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced
- Garlic cloves
- Fresh thyme leaves
- Dried oregano
- Low sodium chicken broth
- Half and Half
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Packaged Gnocchi
- Mozzarella, shredded
- Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- Baby Spinach
Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The full instructions are in the recipe card below.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil and add the seasoned chicken, cooking it on both sides until golden brown.
- Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside. Reduce the heat of the skillet to medium and add the mushrooms with the remaining oil.
- Add in the shallot together with garlic, thyme, and oregano and cook until golden in color and fragrant.
- Add the broth and scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan, then slowly add in half and half. Bring to a simmer and season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
- Stir in the gnocchi.
- Return the chicken to the pan. Let simmer until chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature of the chicken breasts reaches 165℉, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove chicken from the skillet and slice it.
- Add the cheeses and stir until melted.
- Add spinach to the skillet.
- Sir in the spinach until it has wilted in the skillet.
- Place the sliced chicken breasts back into the skillet. Taste. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.
- Serve the chicken over the gnocchi and sauce and enjoy!
You’ll need the following items to make this Italian Chicken and Gnocchi recipe successfully.
- Medium-large skillet
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Liquid measuring cup
These are the questions we are most frequently asked about making (recipe name)
What goes well with gnocchi?
Gnocchi can be enjoyed with various pasta-based sauces but it’s also delicious when paired with vegetables, leafy greens, and crumbled or shredded cheese!
Is gnocchi a potato or pasta?
While many think that gnocchi is a type of pasta, it’s a type of dumpling that is made from potatoes.
Can you freeze gnocchi soup?
Yes! Gnocchi soup can be stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Is gnocchi gluten-free?
Traditional gnocchi is made with all-purpose flour which is not gluten-free. Since the explosion of gluten-free products on the market in recent times, there are numerous brands of gluten-free gnocchi that can be bought.
- It’s always a good idea to check the doneness of chicken using a meat thermometer. Your chicken is safe to eat when it registers an internal temperature of 165F.
- If you are concerned that a particular piece of chicken is too large to adequately cook evenly with the other pieces, simply cut it into strips, keeping a close watch so that you don’t overcook the strips.
- You don’t need to boil the packaged gnocchi before adding it to the pan of sauce as it will cook while simmering for 8-10 minutes (the general cooking time for pasta) as called for in the recipe instructions.
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- For non-meat eaters, consider doubling the sauce and gnocchi servings and serve the gnocchi with sauteed shrimp.
- You could use a different cut of chicken for this dish as well, such as chicken thighs (boneless, skinless) or a combination of breasts and thighs.
- The sauce I’ve made is a combination of chicken broth, half and half, grated cheese, and spices. You could use a store-bought sauce instead or even change the kind of sauce called for in this recipe to something like marinara sauce.
Leftover chicken with gnocchi can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. I don’t recommend storing it for longer than this as the gnocchi will continue to absorb the sauce and can risk becoming mushy.
One-Pan Creamy Chicken & Gnocchi
One-Pan Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi
When everything cooks together everyone wins. The chicken will finish cooking in the sauce making it the easiest and most comforting meal. It’s what weeknight dinner dreams are made of!
PREP TIME:0 HOURS 15 MINS
TOTAL TIME:0 HOURS 40 MINS
boneless skinless chicken breasts
Freshly ground black pepper
extra-virgin olive oil, divided
small shallot, diced
mini portobello mushrooms, sliced
garlic cloves, crushed
fresh thyme leaves
chicken stock, dissolved
Pinch of chili flakes
freshly grated Parmesan
packed baby spinach
- Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. In a large pan over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Add chicken and cook until golden, 4 minutes per side. Remove from pan.
- Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add shallot and mushrooms and cook until golden, 5 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, and oregano and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add stock and scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan, then slowly add in single cream. Bring to a simmer and season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of chili flakes. Stir in gnocchi and return chicken to pan. Let simmer until chicken is cooked through and internal temperature reaches 74°, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken from pan.
- Add cheeses and stir until melted, then add spinach and stir until wilted.
- Slice chicken and return to pan. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.
Chicken Bacon Gnocchi
This one-pan chicken bacon gnocchi recipe is the ultimate comfort food! You will love the pillowy gnocchi, crispy bacon, and tender chicken all slathered in a creamy garlic sauce.
I have plenty of one-pan gnocchi recipes on here, but I don’t yet have one with everyone’s favorite white meat. 😛 It’s time. I used my usual one-pan cooking method, and this one does not disappoint. Ok, so I have a chicken gnocchi soup… but that’s different.
This particular pan gnocchi recipe is slightly more involved than the others because you need to cook the chicken and bacon, but I’d still consider this a quick and easy dinner recipe. It also only contains a handful of ingredients, which makes it simple overall.
This chicken and gnocchi recipe is pretty rich, so I’d serve it with a salad.
Wow, I’ve typed the word “gnocchi” so many times now that it’s starting to look like it’s not a real word.
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A few notes on the recipe
- The gnocchi cooks right in the sauce – no need to pre-cook it.
- I buy the “shelf-stable” gnocchi that’s found in the dry pasta aisle. For this particular recipe, I used Scarpone’s brand. I live in Canada, and I tend to buy whatever brand my local grocery store has in stock. Brands may vary in other countries.
- Yes, you can use pre-cooked or rotisserie chicken. Just skip the step where you cook the chicken.
- I tested it with specific liquid measurements and ingredients (chicken broth and heavy cream), so substitute at your own risk. I think half-and-half could work instead of cream, but the sauce is likely to have a slightly different consistency.