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Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi

Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi - Soft-pillowy gnocchi, a garlicky cream sauce, tender, juicy chicken thighs, and sneaked-in kale? Yes, 1,000% yes.

Soft-pillowy gnocchi, a garlicky cream sauce, tender, juicy chicken thighs, and sneaked-in kale? Yes, 1,000% yes.

Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi - Soft-pillowy gnocchi, a garlicky cream sauce, tender, juicy chicken thighs, and sneaked-in kale? Yes, 1,000% yes.

If you need one of those nights in with a tall glass of white wine (that you can also use in this recipe) and the best kind of comfort food you can eat in the most comfortable sweatpants, this is it for you.

It’s hearty, it’s cozy, and it’s super super easy to whip up.

Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi - Soft-pillowy gnocchi, a garlicky cream sauce, tender, juicy chicken thighs, and sneaked-in kale? Yes, 1,000% yes.

Now you can use store-bought cauliflower potato gnocchi (I used the one from Whole Food’s here – it seemed a lot lighter and less dense than the regular kind of gnocchi), or you can go that extra mile and use the homemade gnocchi recipe here.

IT IS ALL GOOD. There is absolutely no wrong-doing here at all. Just know that the cream sauce is absolute perfection.

Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi - Soft-pillowy gnocchi, a garlicky cream sauce, tender, juicy chicken thighs, and sneaked-in kale? Yes, 1,000% yes.

Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi

Soft-pillowy gnocchi, a garlicky cream sauce, tender, juicy chicken thighs, and sneaked-in kale? Yes, 1,000% yes.

20 minutes40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-ounce) package cauliflower potato gnocchi
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 medium shallot, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine*
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, about 2 ounces

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook gnocchi according to package instructions; drain well.
  3. Season chicken with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet in a single layer and cook until golden brown and cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 4-5 minutes per side; set aside.
  6. Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Add shallot, and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  7. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  8. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and wine, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in half and half until thickened, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  9. Stir in gnocchi and kale until the kale has wilted, about 1-2 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet; sprinke with Parmesan.
  10. Place into oven and bake until bubbly, about 10-12 minutes.
  11. Serve immediately.

Notes:

*Additional chicken broth can be used for white wine as a non-alcoholic substitute.

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63 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made with regular gnocchi land was perfect!  Came together quick and easy! Entire family enjoyed, even a picky eater who would never eat kale. Praises from all! Didn’t have fresh thyme and subbed with dry and was delicious. Used a Sauvignon blanc for the wine and used chicken stock instead of broth. Will make again 🙂

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    OMG…another awesome recipe! So simple yet flavourful.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love this recipe, it’s delicious. It’s easily substituted. Don’t like kale? Use spinach. Don’t have shallot? Use onion. Pork or turkey in lieu of chicken? Best of all it’s a one pot dish if you boil the gnocchi in the pan you will use to cook everything else. AND while it’s finishing in the oven for 10-12 minutes you can wash the dishes and clean up the kitchen so you don’t have to do that when you’re done eating and you’d just rather sit and digest! I’ve made this 3x now. Love it!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I think this recipes excellent but there are a few tweaks I made. Skip 1 & 2. First, simple one pot meal.  No oven. Second, gnocchi cooks in 6 minutes I just added it later with chicken and kale (step 10). Also, I didn’t salt the chicken since it prevents browning. I salted later, if need be. If you golden brown and delicious chicken add a little baking soda then pan fry and don’t worry getting temp. It’s cooking and melding on the the stove for 10-15.

  5. Every recipe I make from Damn Delicious is always delicious. Bought her book for 3 of my daughters!❤️

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Store was out of regular gnocchi, so I grabbed basil gnocchi. Made this recipe phenomenal!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Another amazing recipe…I am ready to toss all my cookbooks and rely solely on you!  Thank you.

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      I really enjoyed this! My only complaint is that my bunch of kale was just WAY too much kale. Is a bunch of kale a universal size? When I added it to my pot of sauce and stirred, it was just a pot full of barely glazed kale. I ended up adding 2 more cups of liquid (1 cup broth, half a cup each wine and half n half). In the end, the kale was overwhelming. It was still great, but I wish I had either made more sauce from the get-go, or had used about half as much kale.

      My husband just went back for seconds, though, and I posted pictures of my bowl online and my friends are asking for the recipe. 🙂

  8. If I use chicken breasts should I cook or bake for less time?

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was a big risk since my husband hates gnocchi and kale!  I love both so she who cooks gets to decide!  Not only did he say it was amazing, but he ate some off the kids’ plates.  I made it exactly as written, and it was perfect!  I will definitely make it again.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this for our stay-at-home New Year’s Eve dinner and I made it tonight again. Tonight’s version didn’t have gnocchi but a homemade focaccia did the job. I also added mushroom to the sauce when the onions went it and I threw in a serious bunch of spinach, way more than the recipe called for. The base of this recipe — the sauce — is forgiving and accommodating to many substations. I’ve added this to my ‘permanent collection’ and will be making this often. Well done!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was very lovely! My picky 8yr son are his entire plateful as did the rest of us. Grateful for all your recipes here; each one we’ve tried has been terrific! Thank you for the detailed instructions and timeframes, I find them incredibly helpful.

  12. Can you tell me what I could sub in for the flour ? Xantham gum or ? 

    • Potato starch. Make a slurry and add it toward the end, after the chicken is returned to the pot. It will thicken the sauce in a matter of minutes. Maybe two minutes? Ans whisk while adding it. You can also omit the flour entirely when frying the chicken, but the slurry is a must to thicken the sauce. I’ve made the gluten-free version as there are quite a few people affected by celiac disease in my familial circle.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very good recipe and I even forgot the cream! I used 20 oz frozen cauliflower gnocchi so I had to add a little more broth to liquid it up (the cream sitting behind me of the counter was certainly glaring at me). I also used breasts instead of thighs. I’ll probably try spinach next time as I just prefer it to kale and can’t wait to actually try it with cream!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    So good!! I used potato gnocchi instead of cauliflower gnocchi and chicken broth instead of wine, but otherwise followed the recipe to a T. Absolutely delicious, will make again.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipe! My whole fam loved it, even the picky teen becuase I could easily give him chicken and gnocchi without kale. After you add the flour and cook for a minute, the addition of the wine and chicken stock let you loosen up the botton and incorporate all the chicken yumminess on the bottom of your pan. I made this in an oven proof dutch oven. Will definitely make again!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Can I ask what kind of pan you recommend to cook this in? Cast iron? 

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is FANTASTIC! Even my picky son loved this one. I was initially concerned that the only seasonings are salt, pepper and thyme, but BABY! This works. It’s delicious, favorable and comforting. Thanks.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    This sauce is a sleeper – It was seriously SO good! 

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this tonight – I screwed up my sauce by adding the flour too late, but it was still so great!  Excited to make it right the next time ;).   I did use spinach instead of kale cause I have it on hand more often.  I am going to try and use less butter next time just because 5tbsp is a lot and I felt like it was a little greasy, but the flavors were so delicious and will take a stab again!

  20. Can’t wait to make this. How would you advise trying it with pieces of salmon, also? I think searing them before putting it into the oven should do the trick but what do you think?

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    If I could give this more stars, I would.  Made it for Christmas Day and it was a total smash.  So delicious – thank you for this recipe!!

  22. Rated 4 out of 5

    This was delicious, family loved it. Thank you!

  23. Rated 4 out of 5

    Made this last night as we didn’t have any Christmas leftovers. It’s fantastic! I just ate the one leftover chicken thigh for lunch and it’s great the next day too. I would make some entirely minor tweaks the next time – for example I would use the stock and the wine to deglaze the pan and then make a little rue to thicken up the sauce. I feel like I left flavor on the pan. I will also use less flour than the recipe calls for. By adding the flour first it’s hard to tell if it’s too much or not enough since you add the liquid later. I found it was waaay to much flour and had to add some water to loosen up the sauce. That being said, these are minor issues. This dish is hearty, delicious, and something I will definitely be making (with some very minor tweaks) again! 

  24. What can I sub out for the white wine?

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Your recipes are so yummy!  Thank you! 

  26. I’ve always love your recipes, but I have to admit I’m visiting your website less and less because of the busy interface. All the unnecessary videos and popup ads are a waste of my time and bandwidth for my struggling internet.

    • We are so sorry that you are having trouble using the website, Linda. The unnecessary ads keep our recipes free of charge to amazing readers like yourself and our team of 4 women employed during a year where many have lost their jobs and healthcare.

      We recommend clicking on “print recipe” for an ad-free view of the instructions and ingredients. Hope that helps!

    • I agree with Linda, I remember a day when the ads didn’t interfere with scrolling through recipes or articles. I do use the print option but even that takes awhile as well. Also, the reply from Damn Delicious (Jana) seems a wee bit snobby elite, don’t really need to be lectured on people being able To Work From Home, REMEMBER WE ARE THE ONES WHO PATRONIZE YOUR SITE, REALITY CHECK. Linda was making a suggestion to streamline your web content, other sites don’t make it so frustrating to Read The Storyline before the Recipe itself as this site does.

      • We apologize for any miscommunication. Nobody means to be “snobby elite” here – we are all doing the best we can, and we are so fortunate to live in a world where we can share our recipes with readers like yourself and support our team members full-time.

        We hope you can continue to enjoy some of our favorite recipes.

        • I’m so glad Jana had a change of heart I see, but Jana rewrote her reply Entirely without any notation stating that it was Edited, thus making my comment seem overboard or false. I come from the old school of thought where if you admit a mistake and are truly remorseful you would do it with integrity and let the previous post stand as written. Thank you Chungah for stepping up and a taking criticism with grace and keeping it real.

    • I love that I can search your site while defrosting chicken thighs (with no particular inspiration myself !)and come up with another delicious dinner for my family. They all guessed that the recipe came from your website ( I’m a frequent damn delicious flyer) Please keep them coming!  Thank you and Happy New Year!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oh my goodness, this was so good Restaurant quality. The sauce was so good I could drink it! Please try it, you will not be sorry.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this tonight and it was soooo good. Had to call an audible a little when my Gnocchi weren’t holding up (I used a frozen one-lesson learned). Went with small diced potatoes instead. It was a huge hit. The whole family loved it!!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    So delicious! 

  30. Made this last night. Only change was I used half thighs and half boneless breast because 1/2 the family prefers white meat. I also added some sliced mushrooms with the shallot. Wonderful flavours. Enjoyed by all. Love your recipes.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Our family loves so many of your recipes. Today I was in a funk of ‘what should I make’ and decided to take a chance with this one. Yes Yes YES – this was tasty, creamy, comfort foody and delightful! Wasn’t sure how that kale was going to wilt down but it did. I made the dish exactly as posted & I rate this a damn delicious go-to! Everyone happy in this house tonight .

    • Hi! Would you mind sharing what the pan is that you used fir this recipe? Is it a Staub Dutch oven or a skillet? Thank you! 

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this dish last night. It was fantastic. I cut the chicken into strips rather than serving whole. I also added sliced baby bellas. No other mods were necessary for my family.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious as always! Swapped spinach in for kale. This is as popular with the family as your Swedish Meatballs! Would lobe to know if your Staub skillet is the 13 inch double handle version. It looks so lovely and I’m thinking Santa must bring me one too!

  34. Made this last night. Only change was I used half thighs and half boneless breast because 1/2 the family prefers white meat. I also added some sliced mushrooms with the shallot. Wonderful flavours. Enjoyed by all. Love your recipes.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious. I followed the recipe for the sauce exactly except using half of a large onion instead of shallot and used spinach and mushrooms instead of kale. It was so good. Next time, I plan to make a little extra sauce. Thank you for sharing!

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is AWESOME, unsurprisingly. Everything I’ve made from Damn Delicious is just that. I used your recipe for homemade dumplings and they were great. I didn’t have an oven safe skillet so I transferred everything to a glass casserole dish and it worked out really well. I doubled the garlic and used two shallots. Next time I might use a little bit more flour to make the sauce a little thicker, but it was still incredible! 

  37. Made this tonight with your homemade gnocci. Excellent. Will be making again. Thank you.

  38. what is 1/2 and 1/2 in this receipe????

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’d like to make this using your homemade gnocci recipe. Should I use the same amount as the store bought? 16 ounces? Thank you!!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oh my goodness! This is the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time! Made it for dinner tonight. Doubled the sauce and gnocchi and sautéed some shrimp on the side for the non-meat eaters. Added some extra seasonings {onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and Tony Chachere’s} to the chicken {and btw, I’m so not a thigh fan, but I went with them anyway and I’m glad I did!}. Also added those seasonings to the sauce. And speaking of that sauce, I could drink it by the cupful – it’s that damn delicious! Love the way the kale still has a bit of crunch to it, but I think spinach would be good, too, in a pinch. Oh, and didn’t have wine, so I used extra broth. 

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Damn Woman! You make good food!

    I too had to make do with some substitutions for things I didn’t have on-hand. Chicken tenders, spinach, onion, vegetable broth, dried thyme; it was delicious but next time I will try the original… -and yes! there will definitely be a next time! So good!

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this last night.  My only substitution was baby spinach instead of kale because it was what I had on hand.  The sauce….sooooo good.  The whole family loved it.  Very easy and delicious.  Love your recipes.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious as are all of your recipes I have tried!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made it and we all loved it!!  The only thing I would do differently next time is DOUBLE THE RECIPE!!  You are my go to every time I’m looking for recipes.  Love your recipes!!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    I used onions instead of shallots, breast instead of thighs, dried thyme instead of fresh, spinach instead of kale and extra broth instead of wine. I didn’t precook the gnocchi. I threw some mozzarella on top. BUT OTHER THAN THAT I COMPLETELY FOLLOWED THIS RECIPE. Lol! I was damn delicious!

  46. Rated 4 out of 5

    Turned out great! I know it’s called “Garlicky” for a reason. It was a little too strong for me so I’ll probably take the garlic down a notch and add mushrooms next time. Thank you!

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    OH MY GOD!
    I just found this recipe today on Instagram and decided to cook it for dinner. It was a hit with the whole family. My brother who is incredibly picky even loved it. It’s the first time I’ve ever come across a recipe from you and I can’t wait to find more. 

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi! I actually made this today after getting the email. This recipe is perfect for a nice cozy night in. I would like to share a few edits I made, as I always find everyone’s suggestions helpful: 

    A) I love garlic, so I used a whole bulb and more butter. I would recommend Kerrygold.  
    B) I used two shallots 
    C) I made the suggested non-alcoholic substitution and didn’t miss a beat. Thank you for providing! 
    D) I seasoned the chicken with a pinch of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion salt, and a bit of garlic salt. 

    Thank you so much for sharing these delicious recipes with us!!
    Rachel