A twist on traditional pasta bake----this Baked Garlic Chicken Broccoli Gnocchi Recipe is perfect for the entire family and so easy to whip together! Packed with bold, savory flavors, this one pot recipe is the perfect easy meal option that is made with soft potato gnocchi, shredded chicken, broccolini, herbs + seasonings, grated parmesan, and topped with generous amounts of shredded Mozzarella cheese. Meatless, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, + Make ahead options.
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When it comes to one pot meals or dinner that can easily be tossed in a skillet or ramekin, I'm always game! There's just something special about a quick yet flavorful dish and this Baked Garlic Chicken Broccoli Gnocchi Recipe is one that the entire family will enjoy! It's ooey, gooey, creamy center that is filled with a nice bite from the shredded chicken and broccolini, makes this one for the books. Plus, it's a fun activity for the kiddos who enjoy putting together dinner that has easy steps---my son definitely enjoys the spooning of the filling and sprinkling of the cheese. Haha.
Originally, this recipe was inspired by my Baked Tuscan Chicken and Gnocchi which is my second fave of the two. I'm a lover of tuscan flavors and that baked gnocchi is truly bursting with the fresh, herby combo. However, as we soon head into cooler months, you'll want to give this Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi, Creamy Lemon Pesto Gnocchi with Broccoli, Weeknight Broccoli Pesto Gnocchi + Chickpeas, Weeknight Jamaican Curry Chicken + Gnocchi, and of course one of the most popular gnocchi dishes on this site----Creamy Tuscan 'Marry Me' Chicken a try, especially to bring on all the comfort.
Overall, this chicken + broccoli gnocchi dish is definitely comfort food in a bowl, includes simple steps, and can totally be personalized based on preference----i.e. sub with dairy-free products or eat without meat by subbing things like mushrooms, tofu, cauliflower, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, etc. For a great alternative meatless option for the gnocchi lovers, you'll love my Best Vegan Meat Sauce + Gnocchi.
Basically, baked gnocchi is a dish that often contains a level of sauce and ingredients that are then baked together with gnocchi for a nice pillowy gnocchi that is surrounded by bubbling pools of sauce and topped with gooey cheese.
Gnocchi are basically Italian dumplings made with flour, eggs, and potatoes---unless they are egg-free like this one that I purchased from Delallo foods. When it comes to making your own gnocchi, the process is done is fairly a few steps.
It starts with boiling and mashing the potatoes, combining the ingredients together and kneading them into a ball, shaping the dough, cutting them into pieces, and boiling and draining the gnocchi. For a great recipe, check out AllRecipes.com.
Gnocchi is the plural of gnocco, an Italian variety of dumpling that has been around since Roman times. Other common additions include semolina, formaggio (cheese), ricotta, spinach and polenta. In terms of how to say it----it's pronounced nyow·kee.
To make this creamy baked chicken and broccoli gnocchi, you'll start by baking and shredding your chicken, if you haven't already. Then to finish everything, you'll need a medium skillet on the stove to sauté the garlic followed by the flour and seasonings. Then you slowly whisk in the wet ingredients and stir in the shredded chicken, chopped broccoli (or broccolini), gnocchi, along with the parmesan. Let it simmer a bit more, assemble into ramekins or oven-safe bowls (or leave in the skillet), top with the cheese, bake to perfection, and wallah! Nice, creamy results with that gooey topping we all love!
Here's what you need to make this Baked Garlic Chicken Broccoli Gnocchi Recipe at home:
I like to add some extra texture to creamy dishes like this Baked Garlic Chicken Broccoli Gnocchi Recipe. While the ingredients in this creamy dish is perfect as is, I wanted to share a few more ideas of ingredients that you can add incase you make this gnocchi recipe more than once and want to switch things up!
Other ingredient ideas include:
Definitely! This is a great recipe to mix and match the ingredients/toppings. For added nutrients, fiber, and color, add your favorite veggies.
You can add roasted cauliflower, brussels sprouts, bell peppers, asparagus, green peas, roasted herb tomatoes, mushrooms, or leafy greens (kale, spinach, collard greens). All will be delicious!
When it comes to most pasta dishes (including this Baked Garlic Chicken Broccoli Gnocchi dish), I often enjoy them with a side of bread of some sort. Most times, I make my own homemade Garlic Bread, however, you can choose to spruce things up with many other options such as:
When it comes to creating pulled or shredded chicken, there are two most effective ways to do so. Firstly, you would need to ensure that your chicken is fully cooked and cooled and then you shred the chicken in one of the following ways:
Forks: For this method you would need two forks. If using this method, place your cooked chicken breast onto a plate or cutting board and use both forks to separate the chicken meat and 'shred' as you separate. Continue doing this until all of your chicken is shredded.
Stand Mixer: If you're looking to avoid using arm strength, then the method of a stand mixer might be just for you. This is by far the fastest and easiest way to shred chicken and you simply place all of your cooked chicken breasts in the bowl of stand mixer. Add the paddle attachment and mix on low. In just 15-20 seconds you’ll have shredded chicken. That easy!
While this Baked Garlic Chicken Broccoli Gnocchi Recipe is perfect as is---I definitely wanted to give options for those of you who don't eat meat or just might make this dish more than once and want to switch things up with a meatless option from time to time! Here are a few great ingredients that you can substitute with the chicken in this creamy dish.
Other ingredient ideas include:
I personally think that leftovers are even more delicious than the first day! You can keep leftover baked gnocchi in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. To re-heat, simply heat in the oven for the best results or microwave for a minute or two until heated through.
Absolutely! To make this sauce dairy-free, simply use vegan butter instead of the regular butter. Then swap the cream with full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. And use your favorite dairy-free shredded cheese or nutritional yeast instead of parmesan.
To make this entire dish vegan, simply sub the stock with veggie stock and the chicken with other great meat alternatives: Roasted chickpeas, Beans (like White beans, Kidney beans, etc.), Mushrooms, Tofu or Tempeh, Cauliflower, Roasted veggies (like Broccoli, Asparagus, Cabbage, etc.), Vegan meatballs, Jackfruit, or Other plant-based meat alternatives (store-bought).
You can totally use your fave greens like kale, spinach, collard greens, asparagus, broccoli, etc. for a nice twist! When it comes to vegetables, there are so many benefits as we all know. While some veggies pack a greater punch when it comes to nutrients, we’ve curated a special list of our Our Top 12 Favorite Healthy Green Leafy Vegetables! Most of these are super popular while others are under utilized in many dishes. Lettuce Eat, Shall We?
Yes! For a gluten-free option, just be sure that the gnocchi is GF-friendly as well as the chicken stock and flour.
Of course! Cook the gnocchi ahead of time and let it cool completely before storing in an air-tight refrigerator for 3-5 days. Prep broccoli and chop, storing it in an airtight container overnight. Also, cook and shred your chicken breast 2-3 days prior and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. On the day of, remove everything to room temp., about 15-20 minutes and continue with making the creamy garlic sauce and then the assembly STEPS before baking everything together.
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