Quick recipe that can be made with prepared gnocchi and pesto, plus chicken breast and fresh mozzarella. Very easy; so easy, I'm sure it borders on a non-recipe. You're really just combining ingredients. You can also experiment with adding other ingredients, like mushrooms or veggies. Anything that needs to be cooked can probably be added at the chicken stage. I did not add any onions or garlic, because the pesto I used already had both, but if your pesto does not, you can add those with the oil as well.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper; cook and stir in the hot oil until no longer pink in the middle, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove chicken to a bowl using a slotted spoon, retaining drippings in the pan.

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  • Pour chicken broth into the saucepan. Bring broth to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon; continue cooking until the broth reduces in volume by about half, 7 to 10 minutes. Return cooked chicken to the saucepan. Stir pesto through the chicken mixture; remove from heat.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Cook gnocchi at a boil until they float to the top, about 3 minutes. Remove gnocchi from the water to a large bowl using a slotted spoon, retaining water in the pot.

  • Place the saucepan with the chicken and pesto over the boiling water; cook and stir over the boiling water until warmed completely, about 5 minutes. Pour chicken and pesto mixture over the gnocchi; add mozzarella and stir until evenly mixed.

Nutrition Facts

570 calories; 44 g total fat; 75 mg cholesterol; 653 mg sodium. 20.1 g carbohydrates; 24.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2013
Made this last night and it was great! I think next time I'll serve it over fettucine instead of the gnocchi since that's the what my fiance asked to try. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2016
This dish was very simple to make - thank you for sharing the recipe! We found ours to be very very salty. Before adding salt to season chicken and cook gnocci you would be well-served to check the salt content on your pesto jar. I used Trader Joe's pesto and I went to look at the salt content when our dish turned out so salty - it has 840mg (35%) of salt! I looked at another jar of pesto I had in the pantry and it only contains 310mg (13%) salt. Had I used the other brand I'm sure this dish would have been simple and great! Read More
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2013
Made this last night and it was great! I think next time I'll serve it over fettucine instead of the gnocchi since that's the what my fiance asked to try. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2013
Made this last night and it was great! I think next time I'll serve it over fettucine instead of the gnocchi since that's the what my fiance asked to try. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2014
This was great! I used TJs Genova Pesto and TJs Gnocchi. The pesto was only 7oz but it still seemed like plenty. I did not have chicken broth so used some veggie broth. I also had to top it with a sprinkling of pre-shredded Mozz. since I did not have fresh available. I will absolutely make again. It was so quick and easy and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2013
I made this tonight for dinner. I was a little nervous about adding cheeses to the pesto. (I didn't have mozzarella so I used Colby Jack.) I gave it to my husband who is picky about his gnocchi and as soon as he took a bite he was hooked. Very fast very easy. I will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2013
Made this last night and loved it. Very simple quick weekday meal with some added steamed vegetables. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2013
Had this for diner a couple of nights ago & it was GREAT Thank you for sharing:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2015
Loved this recipe. I used my homemade pesto with this. Very easy. Really no way to go wrong with pesto sauce and gnocchi! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2013
I followed the recipe and was happy with how quick and easy this was. My husband loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2016
I made it as the recipe states except I added the gnocchi directly into the pan with the chicken and pesto after it was cooked. It is simple flavorful and generally excellent. Thank you for a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2016
This dish was very simple to make - thank you for sharing the recipe! We found ours to be very very salty. Before adding salt to season chicken and cook gnocci you would be well-served to check the salt content on your pesto jar. I used Trader Joe's pesto and I went to look at the salt content when our dish turned out so salty - it has 840mg (35%) of salt! I looked at another jar of pesto I had in the pantry and it only contains 310mg (13%) salt. Had I used the other brand I'm sure this dish would have been simple and great! Read More
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