Parmesan Cream Chicken and Gnocchi

I mean, I guess I have food obsessions. My favorite comfort food in the world is mac and cheese, and this parmesan cream chicken and gnocchi is basically a glorified, Italian mac and cheese. I can’t help myself. I think I actually enjoy this version the best with the salty, creamy parmesan sauce and the pillowy gnocchi. My Nana Lulu also used to make a similar dish so this is all about the nostalgia. It’s perfect for fall too since the chicken is really warmly spiced and it uses sweet potato gnocchi. Best of all, it was simple and on the table in 30 minutes!

First, I cooked off my diced chicken and thinly sliced cremini mushrooms with lots of spices, dried herbs and seasoning. It took about 5 minutes for it to cook through completely and become gorgeously fragrant.
The parmesan cream sauce started off with a thick, pasty golden brown roux of butter and flour. Chicken stock, half and half and lots of fresh parmesan cheese slowly got whisked in to bring it all together into creamy perfection.
After that, all I had to do was stir the chicken back in along with that fluffy sweet potato gnocchi! It really was so simple and quick to put this together.

Oh my goodness, the warm spices in the chicken really worked so amazingly with the sweet potato gnocchi. There were so many wonderful flavors and textures going on that comforted my heart and soul. I hope you all love this dish as much as I did! Let me know what you think of it. xoxo

Parmesan Cream Chicken and Gnocchi
Parmesan Cream Chicken and Gnocchi
5 from 1 vote
Parmesan Cream Chicken and Gnocchi
Parmesan Cream Chicken and Gnocchi
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This parmesan cream chicken and gnocchi is pure Italian comfort food with the pillowy sweet potato gnocchi, warmly spiced chicken and parmesan cream sauce!

Course: Main Course
Keyword: Gnocchi, Parmesan Cream Chicken and Gnocchi
Servings: 6
Calories: 471 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 dash olive oil
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts diced small
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus additional shaved parmesan for topping
  • 2 pounds sweet potato gnocchi
Instructions
  1. First, get a large pot of water on the stove to boil for the gnocchi. Then get out a large skillet with deep sides and heat the olive oil in it over medium high heat. Let the mushrooms cook in it for a few minutes until they start to soften. Then add in the diced chicken and let it cook through completely and start to brown, which will take about 5 minutes or so. While the chicken cooks, season it with the garlic powder, dried onion, tarragon, basil, paprika, cumin, pumpkin pie spice, salt and pepper. Once it is completely cooked and seasoned remove it to a plate. 

  2. Add in the butter and let it start to melt. Whisk in the flour until you have a thick, golden pasta. Then keep whisking while you slowly pour in the chicken stock. Let that mixture gently bubble and thicken for a couple of minutes, then slowly whisk in the half and half and parmesan until it is smooth. Transfer the chicken back in and let it all bubble together for another couple of minutes while you stir. Then turn the heat to low. The water should be boiling at this point. Cook the gnocchi until tender, for about 2-3 minutes. Drain it and stir it in with the chicken and sauce. Serve immediately with extra shaved parmesan on top and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Cream Chicken and Gnocchi
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 471 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7.7g48%
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 330mg14%
Potassium 216mg6%
Carbohydrates 59.8g20%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 0.9g1%
Protein 28.2g56%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Parmesan Cream Chicken and Gnocchi
Parmesan Cream Chicken and Gnocchi

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