One night I was getting ready to make dinner and I asked my son Zack what I should make. He said, why don’t you saute the chicken, cut it up, make some gnocchi and mix it all together. The rest is history! I added the spices and the last thing was the pesto. It really brought it all together. It’s fabulous!

How To Make Chicken & Gnocchi in Pesto Sauce

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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts 1/4-1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine or vermouth
  • 3 tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp pesto, homemade or jarred
  • 1 bag gnocchi, cavatelli, or tortellini


  • Mix the black pepper, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper together. 
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil for the gnocchi. In a 12-inch skillet, add the olive oil and heat the skillet at medium high for 1 minute. 
  • Season the chicken breasts on both sides with the mixed seasoning.
  • Add the chicken to the skillet and brown it on both sides for about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • While the chicken is sautéing, cook the gnocchi as directed on the package.
  • After the chicken is browned, take the chicken out of the pan and slice it into bite-size pieces.
  • Lower the heat of the skillet and add the wine, broth, and butter and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Place the chicken back on the skillet. Add the crushed red pepper.
  • When the gnocchi is cooked, drain and add it to the skillet and then add the pesto. Mix well.
  • Serve your meal with some grated cheese and a salad. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Iron: 1mg