Chicken Gnocchi in Pesto Sauce Recipe

Do you feel like having an indulgent night of good food with your family? Then look no further from our Chicken Gnocchi in Pesto Sauce recipe! It’s the kind of pasta meal that’s unique in flavor combinations. Our recipe comes with spices of chili flakes and Italian seasoning. They’re melded perfectly with the pesto and white wine to make your pasta flavorsome. You will want to skip the usual spaghetti for this delightful dish.  

If you don’t know yet, gnocchi is a beloved type of pasta that originates from Northern Italy. But it’s known to be quite popular in almost every corner of Italy. Depending on the location, the pasta is made using ingredients such as flour, cornmeal, and potatoes, among others. That’s right, gnocchi isn’t just made with potatoes! So when choosing your gnocchi, you have vast options of the kind you want to make with your meal. We do love classic potato gnocchi, but whatever works for yourself will taste just as good.

If you’re craving for something more unique to your usual pasta dish, our recipe is the way to go! This chicken gnocchi in pesto sauce is great for intimate family dinners. But who’s to say you can’t also serve it at your next dinner party? We’re sure your guests will love it too! You can add just a touch more brightness to your dinner by pairing it with our Iced Spearmint Tea with Strawberry Nectar recipe. We hope you enjoy it!

How To Make Chicken Gnocchi in Pesto Sauce

Take a gander at this savory meal of chicken and gnocchi. It comes with rich flavors of pesto and Italian seasoning, bringing a new twist to your usual gnocchi dish.

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 skin-on chicken breasts (roughly 24 oz in total)
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • ½ cup white wine or vermouth
  • 3 tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp pesto sauce (homemade or jarred)
  • 1 lb gnocchi (bag)
  • ⅓ cup shredded or powdered parmesan cheese (to serve)
  • salt & ground black pepper (to taste)
  1. Mix the black pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and chili flakes together.

  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil for the gnocchi.

  3. In a 12-inch skillet, add the olive oil and heat the skillet at medium-high for 1 minute.

  4. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with the mixed seasoning.

  5. Add the chicken to the skillet with hot oil and brown it on both sides for about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

  6. While the chicken is sauteing, cook the gnocchi as directed on the package.

  7. After the chicken is browned, take the chicken out of the pan and slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces.

  8. Lower the heat of the skillet and add the wine, broth, and butter and cook for 3 minutes. Then return the chicken to the pan.

  9. When the gnocchi is cooked, drain them. Add the gnocchi and the pesto in the skillet.

  10. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Adjust accordingly.

  11. Serve your meal topped with shredded cheese and a side of salad. Enjoy!

How To Make Chicken Gnocchi in Pesto Sauce

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Take a gander at this savory meal of chicken and gnocchi. It comes with rich flavors of pesto and Italian seasoning, bringing a new twist to your usual gnocchi dish.

Preparation: 5 mins
Cooking: 11 mins
Total: 16 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 skin-on chicken breasts roughly 24 oz in total
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • ½ cup white wine or vermouth
  • 3 tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp pesto sauce homemade or jarred
  • 1 lb gnocchi bag
  • cup shredded or powdered parmesan cheese to serve
  • salt & ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix the black pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and chili flakes together.

  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil for the gnocchi.

  3. In a 12-inch skillet, add the olive oil and heat the skillet at medium-high for 1 minute.

  4. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with the mixed seasoning.

  5. Add the chicken to the skillet with hot oil and brown it on both sides for about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

  6. While the chicken is sauteing, cook the gnocchi as directed on the package.

  7. After the chicken is browned, take the chicken out of the pan and slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces.

  8. Lower the heat of the skillet and add the wine, broth, and butter and cook for 3 minutes. Then return the chicken to the pan.

  9. When the gnocchi is cooked, drain them. Add the gnocchi and the pesto in the skillet.

  10. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Adjust accordingly.

  11. Serve your meal topped with shredded cheese and a side of salad. Enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 140mg
  • Calories: 602kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Cholesterol: 88mg
  • Fat: 32g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Potassium: 289mg
  • Protein: 32g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Sodium: 666mg
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 404IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

What kind of gnocchi should I use?

You can use classic potato gnocchi as these have a light and springy texture to match perfectly with the chicken. If you prefer gnocchi made with more flour, try using the Gnocchi Parisienne or a Malloreddus. Gnocchi Parisienne is more like a choux pastry of flour, milk, butter, and salt, and tend to be much lighter and melts in your mouth. Malloreddus, on the other hand, is made of semolina flour and water flavored with some saffron. These gnocchi can absorb more sauce, giving you more flavor. 

What can I substitute for white wine?

If you prefer not to cook with white wine, worry not – we’ve got a couple of substitutes for you! The white wine is there to add acidity to your pasta dish. For this, we recommend using the same amount of apple cider vinegar to substitute the wine. Another great substitute would be white grape juice. For this, you will need to adjust the juice a bit by adding a bit more vinegar or lemon for balance. But if you have none of these on hand, using ⅓ cup of water for our recipe will do just fine. While it may not have additional flavor, it will help to add needed liquid for the dish.

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Conclusion

Fill up your belly with this delightful take on chicken gnocchi with pesto sauce! It’s rich, delectable, and perfect to have for your next dinner. Pair it with some mixed greens for a balanced meal.

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