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Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Bake

This casserole-style creamy chicken gnocchi bake is an easy comfort food dinner recipe for those cold winter months.

This creamy bake is made with pillow-soft gnocchi, rosemary garlic marinated chicken and a rich cream sauce that will leave you licking your plate clean. 

A huge thank you to Roth Cheese for keeping The College Housewife up and running and for providing us with the tastiest cheeses! 

Chicken gnocchi bake in a grey skillet topped with rosemary.

This time of year I’m craving a few things: 

-Falling asleep with a Christmas movie playing (Home Alone 2 this week) and only the Christmas tree lights on. 

-Lighting up all my seasonal candles in the house (9 to be exact). 

-Drinking eggnog every weekend in December. 

-Extra-long cuddling sessions with Rascal in the morning.

-And making delicious, easy comfort food casserole dishes that are fancy AF but take less than 30 minutes to put together, are you with me?!

Chicken gnocchi bake served on a table with plates and a serving spoon.

‘Fancy casseroles’ are my favorite kind of food during the winter months where you want something that tastes like it’s from your favorite restaurant, makes you feel cozy inside and is easy to put together. 

Last year’s stuffed pesto pasta shells and this year’s butternut squash lasagna have been on repeat so far and I am SO excited to add this easy and creamy chicken gnocchi bake to the mix.

It’s a great recipe for a crowd around the holidays or if you have family coming over for dinner.

This dish has one of those flavor profiles that just work with everyone. Creamy, cheesy, garlicky and pillows of soft gnocchi. The cream sauce has an added boost of flavor with Roth Grand Cru® cheese!

It’s my go-to cheese for all white creamy sauces. It adds a mild alpine-style nuttiness that boosts anything savory to the next level. If you can’t get your hands on some Grand Cru, gruyere is a great substitute. 

Gnocchi in a bowl with a blue rim.

Creamy sauce in a sauce pot with cheese being stirred in.Ingredients for Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Bake: 

  • Chicken breasts
  • Rosemary 
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Butter
  • Spinach
  • Pre-made gnocchi
  • Flour
  • Whole Milk 
  • Nutmeg
  • Roth Grand Cru® cheese

Creamy cheese sauce being poured onto a skillet bake with chicken and gnocchi.Chicken gnocchi skillet in a grey skillet before being baked.

How to Make Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Bake: 

  1. Marinate chicken, rosemary, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and set aside. 
  2. In a large skillet melt butter and sear chicken breasts on both sides until golden brown (chicken will continue to cook in the bake). Remove chicken and melt additional butter.
  3. Add spinach and cook until wilted and tender. 
  4. For the cream sauce: melt remaining butter, whisk in flour until smooth. Slowly whisk in milk and heat on medium-high heat until sauce has thickened. Whisk in Roth Grand Cru cheese and nutmeg. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Cook gnocchi in boiling water for 2-3 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and set aside. 
  6. Arrange chicken, gnocchi, spinach and cream sauce in a cast-iron skillet or casserole dish. Sprinkle with extra shredded Roth Grand Cru® cheese and bake for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. 

Extra cheese being grated on top of the gnocchi bake.

What does gnocchi taste like?!

Basically soft potato pillows that melt in your mouth. Gnocchi is made with a mixture of flour, riced potato, and egg yolk. Very similar to pasta but a bit softer and chewier.

If you really hate gnocchi you could swap it out with a small pasta noodle. 

What goes with this gnocchi bake?

This is a complete dinner but it pairs lovely with a light vegetable side like broccolini or a fresh salad!

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Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Bake

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Casserole
  • Method: Bake

Description

This casserole style creamy chicken gnocchi bake is an easy comfort food dinner recipe for those cold winter months. This creamy bake is made with pillow soft gnocchi, rosemary garlic marinated chicken and a rich cream sauce that will leave you licking your plate clean.


Ingredients

Scale

for chicken:
35 medium chicken breasts

1 tbs minced rosemary

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbs of olive oil

Juice from one lemon

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 tbsp unsalted butter

34 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped

1 (17.5 oz) package of pre-made gnocchi

for sauce: 
2 tbsp unsalted butter

2 cloves of garlic, minced

3 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 tbsp rosemary, minced

1 1/2 cups whole milk

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Pinch of grated nutmeg

1 1/2 cups grated Roth Grand Cru® cheese


Instructions

1. Marinade Chicken: In a medium bowl mix together breasts with 1 tablespoon rosemary, 3 garlic cloves minced, olive oil, and lemon. Cover and let marinate for 30 minutes

2. Once the chicken is marinated, melt 2 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and sear on both sides, until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; drain and set aside.
 
3. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Move chicken breasts to one side of skillet. Stir in chopped spinach to the other side of the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to wilt, about 1-2 minutes. Set skillet aside.
 
4. For Cream Sauce: melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Cook, whisking constantly, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in cayenne pepper, nutmeg, minced rosemary, and grated Grand Cru cheese until slightly thickened. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste.
 
5. Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Drain in a colander and set aside until casserole assembly.
 
6. In the skillet with chicken and spinach, top with cooked gnocchi, spinach and cream sauce, gently stir together. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and the sides are bubbling. Serve hot, garnished with parsley if desired. 

Notes

*Cheese: If you can’t find Grand Cru cheese, gruyere works as a great substitute. 

Keywords: casserole, cheese, bake, gnocchi, chicken

 

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