Creamy Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Recipe - garlic, tomato, mushrooms, spinach, and chicken with gnocchi in a creamy sauce cooked in just one pot.
This creamy gnocchi recipe is loaded with flavor - from the garlicky rich creamy sauce, to pan fried chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, and spinach - making this dinner an easy family favorite.
Gnocchi is one of my favorite things to make for my family - the light and pillowy potato dumplings sop up sauce, and have a light flavor that compliments vegetables well.
This dinner is quick and easy - you'll only use one pot, for easy cleanup - and can be adjusted with whatever vegetables you have on hand.
I hope you love this easy one pot pasta as much as I do!
Just take me to the gnocchi recipe already!
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This creamy Tuscan parmesan gnocchi recipe is super easy - but there are a couple tried and true tools that will make it the easiest dish, ever!
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-Large nonstick pan.
I prefer ceramic coated pans - they are naturally nonstick and wont leach BPAs or chemicals into your food.
-Microplane for grating parmesan.
-Grated parmesan is fine in this recipe, but I prefer to grate my own parmesano reggiano fresh over my gnocchi - it is salty, nutty, and so delicious!
-Wooden spoon or non-metal spatula.
-I prefer to buy super soft fresh gnocchi from my grocer's deli refrigerator - it is faster and easier to cook than the dried variety in the pasta aisle. If you're cooking gnocchi in one pot, the refrigerated fresh kind is best.
Tips to Perfect Creamy Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Recipe:
This super easy gnocchi recipe is a restaurant quality dinner cooks of any skill level can make in a jiffy - but there are a couple of tips and tricks that will help take this easy gnocchi dinner over the top!
Cook the gnocchi in the same pot
This gnocchi gets some of the creaminess from the starches that release when cooking gnocchi in the pot - don't pre-boil, let the gnocchi cook in the pot with the rest of the dinner!
Let sauce emulsify
Don't toss the cooking water out when the gnocchi is done - there shouldn't be any left to toss! Letting the gnocchi soak up the water and release starch into the pot helps make this dish creamy and irresistible!
Fresh is best
Since this dish has so few ingredients, fresh herbs and garlic are best.
Turn heat off when adding cream
Cream sauce breaks easily - especially when cooking with butter in the recipe as well.
Don't overcook gnocchi
Gnocchi is naturally a bit more dense and chewy than thin pastas - but when overcooked, it falls apart and turns to a thick, pasty mush.
Cook your gnocchi - but don't overcook it.
Other Easy Pasta Dinners You'll Love:
If you love this easy garlic butter gnocchi, you'll love some of my other favorite easy pasta dinners!
These are tried and true family favorites that will knock your socks off!
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And be sure to check out one of my all time pasta favorites - a tuscan shrimp linguine that will knock your socks off!
Creamy Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Recipe
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Creamy Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Recipe - garlic, tomato, mushrooms, spinach, and chicken with gnocchi in a creamy sauce.
- 3 tablespoon butter
- ½ lb chicken breast, diced into 1" bites
- ¼ cup garlic, diced
- 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 1 lb gnocchi
- 2 cups baby spinach, fresh
- ¼ cup basil, cut into thin strips
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
- 1 teaspoon salt, celtic sea salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper, freshly cracked
- 1 cup half and half
- ½ cup parmesan, grated
- 1 cup water
- In a large nonstick pan, melt butter until foamy.
- Add chicken to pan, and cook, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, until golden brown.
- Add tomatoes, garlic and mushrooms, cook until garlic is fragrant and soft and mushrooms have started to brown, about 3 minutes.
- Pour in water and gnocchi.
- Let gnocchi soak up water and reduce, about 4 minutes on high.
- Reduce heat to medium and add spinach, basil, salt and pepper and stir well.
- Let spinach cook down, another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning or sticking.
- Turn heat off and add in cream, stirring vigorously as you add.
- Return to medium heat and stir in parmesan cheese.
- When parmesan is melted and cream sauce is thick, remove from heat and serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving Calories 374Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 91mgSodium 758mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 21g
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