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One Pot Gnocchi with Spinach and Chicken

This One Pot Gnocchi with Spinach and Chicken is a meal in one!  This comforting gnocchi recipe turns out tender and flavorful. The creamy sauce is irresistible.

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One-Pot gnocchi with spinach and chicken

Winters often see us get slapped silly with cold fronts here in Minnesota. We’re not talking Oh, I could use a cute scarf cold. We’re talking well-below-zero even the dog won’t go out kind of cold. #evilwindchill

I realize some of you luckies can’t even fathom that kind of crazy. That was me years ago. My sunny Southern California, beachy-flip-flopped self had never seen a working snowplow in real life. I also never knew one’s eyelashes could freeze shut. It’s safe to say we’ve become much hardier (not necessarily by choice.)

However, it’s totally by choice that I’ve been dishing up comforting meals to keep us warm and toasty. Dishes like Healthy Mexican Pasta Bake and Hearty White Chicken Chili.

Plenty of healthyish comforting stews, noodles, and chilis. It’s time for a delicious spin. Introducing One-Pot Gnocchi with Spinach and Chicken…

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One Pot Gnocchi is the ultimate comfort dish

This easy, one-pot gnocchi deal is joyfully loaded with tender fluffy gnocchi, shredded chicken, and fresh spinach leaves. It’s a quick, all-in-one meal that makes dinner time exciting again.

Especially when you’re craving a semi-healthyish comfort dish. When the weather gives you lemons, make lemonade.  Or something like that.  When you live in a place like this, everything is weather related.

This ‘aint lemonade, but it sure is a bit of sunshine on a overcast day 🙂

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This Gnocchi dish is creamy, flavorful, and simple

We were inspired by all the creamy cheesy pasta everywhere. Not that cheesy pasta needs any encouragement. We decided to twist things up and transform a plain store bought package of potato gnocchi into an easy, scrumptious meal that’s a trillion times better than ordering takeout. We’re loving all the one pot meals, especially when they include fluffy gnocchi.

We start off by making a creamy sauce in the skillet, comprised mainly of milk and chicken broth.  A bit of butter and seasonings elevate it to Yumalicious World.

spinach, chicken, mushrooms…

To keep this gnocchi recipe weeknight friendly, we rely on shredded rotisserie chicken – my favorite deli item ever.  Can we count the ways rotisserie chicken skillfully morphs into fresh new dishes?  

Sprinkle in the mushrooms, gnocchi, and spinach, all of which makes this skillet dinner into a one-meal-deal. Protein, veggies, carbs, and tons of flavor.

Toss it all into a large, oven-proof skillet or cast iron and give it a whirl in the oven until the sauce is nice and bubbly and the top is tantalizingly golden.

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this gnocchi recipe is easy yet makes you proud

Top it all off with freshly grated parmesan cheese, of course. Let it finish it off in the oven for a beautiful golden brown topping.

This One Pan Gnocchi with Spinach and Chicken is easy enough for a weeknight family dinner, yet tasty and impressive enough to serve your friends on the weekend. This gnocci will make you proud.

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One Pot Gnocchi with Spinach and Chicken

5 from 17 reviews

This One Pot Gnocchi with Spinach and Chicken is extraordinarily delish! It’s super easy for any weeknight dinner, yet tasty and impressive enough for serving friends on the weekend.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 TB salted butter
  • 2 TB all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup regular chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package (8 oz) thinly sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 lb shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (17.5) oz package potato gnocchi (usually found in the dry pasta aisle; not frozen)
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F with rack on upper middle position.
  2. In a deep/large and oven-proof skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk constantly for 3 minutes until a smooth roux is formed. Whisk in milk and chicken broth until incorporated. Simmer and whisk constantly until slightly thickened, 5 minutes. Whisk in nutmeg, onion powder, garlic, and kosher salt/ground pepper to taste.
  3. Add shredded chicken, mushrooms, uncooked gnocchi, and spinach to the mixture. Stir gently until well coated through, 30 seconds. Sprinkle parmesan evenly over the top and bake in oven about 15-20 minutes or until sauce is bubbly at around the edges and gnocchi is tender. If desired, broil 2-3 minutes to further brown the top.

Notes

This dish can easily be made meatless by omitting chicken, adding additional mushrooms/spinach, and using veggie broth.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 288
  • Sugar: 3.8 g
  • Sodium: 414.9 mg
  • Fat: 6.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 46.3 g
  • Protein: 11.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 17 mg
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian American

Keywords: gnocchi with spinach and chicken

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Here are a few favorite one-pot meals:

  •  One Pot Italian Wonder – Tomatoes, basil, pasta, all in one delicious pot.  Such an easy way to start the busy work week.
One Pot Pasta
  • One Pot Asian Pasta – This is my take on my dad’s famous noodle offerings – made easy!  And supremely tasty, of course.
One Pot Asian pasta
  •  One Pot Skillet Lasagna – Fuss free, fail proof, delicious lasagna for hectic weeknights.  If you like lasagna but arranging layers isn’t in the cards tonight, give this tasty version a try.
Easy Skillet Lasagna 3_edited-1

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122 comments

    • Laura Summees

    From another Southern California girl who moved to the Midwest I know exactly what you are talking about the winters. I love spinach and parmigiana cheese, but husband not so much. So I substituted the spinach with peas and the cheese with mozzarella. Yummy, and he likes it.

    • Ainsley

    This is one of our favorite family dishes – I’d suggest swapping Spinach for spring peas and omitting nutmeg for almost a chicken and dumpling vibe. So so good!

    • Heidi Hagens

    Love this! And make it all the time. Usually half without mushrooms for picky family members and lactose free milk.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks Heidi!

    • Rosemary Kipley

    We used frozen spinach and it was still wonderful. We poached a chicken breast in spicey water, yum.

      • chewoutloud

      Fantastic, Rosemary! 🙂

    • Megan

    How does this do as leftovers? I love cooking this dish for game nights, but I’m wondering about doing it as meal prep on Sunday for weekday lunches.

    • Marion

    I am doubling the recipe but I don’t have a skillet that’s oven safe. Can I transfer to a glass casserole dish to put in the oven

    • Kim

    Hi Amy,

    I am so happy you shared this recipe! I have been looking for some new pasta dishes to try that are a switch from my usual baked ziti or spaghetti and meatballs, and this dish looks just heavenly. Your Tuscan Tortellini has my mouth watering as well! 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, so happy you liked the dishes, Kim! 🙂

    • JJ

    This was delicious. I didn’t have rotisserie chicken so I just cooked up some breast and used that. Next time I will also make more sauce. And I use chicken stock because that’s all that I had but I think I will use chicken broth so it’s not so thick. Delicious.

      • chewoutloud

      So happy to hear you all loved this. Great idea making extra sauce 🙂

    • Ramona

    I have made this last night and it was a dream. Creamy and so delish, the kids want it again already. It will be on the make again very soon. Thank you for sharing.

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Ramona! Thanks so much for coming back to let us know you enjoyed this 🙂 🙂

    • Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness

    I have only just discovered gnocchi and I love it!! As soon as I saw this recipe I bookmarked it right away. This will be happening in my kitchen soon!!

      • chewoutloud

      So glad you like it – thanks, Cathleen!

    • Jacque Hastert

    I love that this is one pot dinner that is filling and irresistible. The sauce sounds amazing and loaded with so much flavor.

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you like this, Jacque!

    • Mikayla

    I love gnocchi and this was a really delicious way to serve it to my family. Our California winter isn’t anything like yours but I’ll look for any hint of a cool breeze to make this again, perfect comfort food!

      • chewoutloud

      So so happy you and your family enjoyed this dish, Mikayla! Enjoy your CA winters! 🙂

    • Alena

    I love that this can be made so easily in 1 pot. I’ve really been feeling gnocchi lately so this is right up my alley!

    • Emily

    This gnocchi bake is so satisfying! Love the combo of gnocchi with spinach and chicken- it is great for a weeknight meal!

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you liked this dish, Emily!

    • Lesli Schwartz

    I love that you didn’t use heavy cream in this recipe! This looks absolutely delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Lesli!

    • Joyce Leung

    Omg, this looks sooooo tasty and comforting! I love spinach and glad you incorporated it into this recipe! Gotta try it out!

    • Stine Mari

    Mushrooms are so good with pasta and I think this looks like the perfect and warming weekend dinner for these cold months (had to giggle about your flip floppy self – funny!). I’m going to make this tonight!

    • Jacqui Debono

    Gnocchi is one of my favourite textures. You can’t beat that soft, pillowy bite! Any recipe that calls for only one dish is a winner too. This is a perfect weeknight dish for us, I am adding it to the menu for next week!

    • Sabrina Barnett

    I made this tonight and my husband and grandson(he’s picky!)loved it too! Grandson said, “Mawmaw would you make stuff like this all the time!!!???”

    I reallly didn’t think it would be that easy to make nor that good! I Did alter some things- powdered garlic with chopped onions. Also Parmesan powder instead of fresh. Oh and regular Hot sausage instead of Italian sausage. Still … Delish!!!!
    Thank you and I rate this a 10+

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you and your family all loved this dish – YAY!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Shirley

    I made this on a week night. It is delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn’t change a thing. Doing all the prep work first is key to making this an easy meal. I am betting the leftovers will be fantastic.

      • chewoutloud

      So so happy you love this, Shirley!! 🙂

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