Coconut Lime Chicken and Gnocchi

Coming from both Italian and Lebanese heritage from my two grandmothers, I had so many wonderful culinary influences. It’s the whole point of this blog! I love to mash up the two influences together into a gorgeous, harmonious creation just like the music mash ups that are so trendy. So this week I made a simple and absolutely incredible coconut lime chicken and gnocchi recipe. The gnocchi reflected my Italian love for pasta, while the warmly spiced chicken and coconut lime broth was very inspired by my Lebanese heritage.

First, I cooked up my diced chicken in coconut oil with lots of warm spices. I used the Moroccan spice blend Ras el Hanout, turmeric and paprika. They gave the chicken the most fantastic color and aroma. I was loving this recipe already!
Once I removed the chicken, I made the sensational coconut lime broth in the same pan. There was already a flavor base from the chicken, which was so perfect. I wanted to carry the same spices from the chicken through to the broth, so I added more here. There were also lots of aromatics and veggies in there with onion, garlic, basil and artichoke hearts. The spices, veggies and lime juice cut through the rich sweetness of the coconut milk so perfectly. Oh my word, this broth made me so happy.
After that, I simply stirred the chicken back in along with my cooked, pillowy sweet potato gnocchi and baby spinach. The spinach just wilted in at the end off of the heat. That way it didn’t become a complete soggy mess.

That was all there was to this coconut lime chicken and gnocchi! I had it on the table in 30 minutes and it tasted like I slaved all day. Oh my goodness, everything worked so well together. The earthy and soft sweet potato gnocchi were so good with the spiced chicken and luscious broth. It was the perfect mash up of all of my favorite things about my heritage. Hope you all love it too! xoxo

Coconut Lime Chicken and Gnocchi
Coconut Lime Chicken and Gnocchi
4.75 from 4 votes
Coconut Lime Chicken and Gnocchi
Coconut Lime Chicken and Gnocchi
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This coconut lime chicken and gnocchi is such a fantastic mash up of so many flavors and cuisines with well spiced chicken tossed with pillowy sweet potato gnocchi in a sensational coconut lime broth!

Course: Main Course
Keyword: Chicken, Pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 358 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts diced small
  • 1 teaspoon Ras el Hanout divided
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric divided
  • 1 teaspoon paprika divided
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1/2 an onion diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil roughly chopped
  • 1 can quartered artichoke hearts 8.5 ounces, drained.
  • 1/2 a lime juiced
  • 2 cans coconut milk 13.5 ounces each
  • 1 pound sweet potato gnocchi
  • 1 cup baby spinach packed
  1. First, get a large pot of water on to boil for the sweet potato gnocchi. Then heat the coconut oil in a large skillet with deep sides over medium high heat. Brown the diced chicken in it until it is completely cooked through. While it cooks, season it with 1/2 teaspoon each of the Ras el Hanout, turmeric, paprika, and the pinches of salt and black pepper. Once it is cooked and gorgeously seasoned, remove it to a plate and add in the onion, garlic, basil and artichoke hearts. Let them soften and become fragrant for a couple of minutes.

  2. Add in the coconut milk, lime juice, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoons of Ras el Hanout, turmeric and paprika to flavor it. Turn the heat to medium low and let the broth gently simmer for about 6-8 minutes. Meanwhile, salt the boiling water for the sweet potato gnocchi generously and cook the gnocchi in the water until tender. For fresh gnocchi it only takes 2-3 minutes. Drain it and add it to the skillet of broth along with the cooked chicken. Stir it all well and take it off of the heat. Then stir in the baby spinach just until it wilts in. Serve immediately in pretty bowls! Makes great leftovers too. 

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Lime Chicken and Gnocchi
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 358 Calories from Fat 92
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.2g16%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 887mg39%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 43.5g15%
Fiber 7.4g31%
Sugar 2.6g3%
Protein 25.5g51%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Coconut Lime Chicken and Gnocchi
Coconut Lime Chicken and Gnocchi



16 thoughts on “Coconut Lime Chicken and Gnocchi”

  1. 4 stars
    This looks lovely. I’m going to give it a try one evening this week.

  2. This sounds AMAZING! I’m going try this out one evening for dinner!

  3. Whoa! What a great example of “East meets West” cooking! My husband would LOVE this!

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