How to Make a 30 Minute Chicken and Gnocchi Skillet Meal
This is a one-pan dinner recipe that includes all the essentials--chicken, vegetables, cheese, and gnocchi--for a comforting, easy, tasty supper. The dish is great for using up leftover chicken (or turkey), and the other ingredients are items you can keep on hand in your freezer or pantry. I use shelf-stable gnocchi (which I buy at Lidl when the gnocchi are on sale) to make the dish. You can use the potato-whole-wheat version, as I do, or opt for the regular gnocchi, which will give you a less "muddy" appearing dish (the whole-wheat gnocchi are light-brown). Frozen spinach provides color and extra nutrition to the meal, and sun-dried tomatoes in the mixture add little pops of taste. The dish is great served with just a salad and bread, and leftovers make nice lunches. Enjoy!
Chicken and Gnocchi Skillet Meal -- Serves 4+
2 1/2 cups of water
1 teaspoon of dried minced onions
2 teaspoons of reduced sodium chicken Better Than Bullion base
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
17. 6 - ounce (approximately) package of shelf-stable gnocchi
8-10 ounces of frozen spinach
1/4 - 1/2 cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes (depending on how much you like them)
2 - 3 cups of chopped cooked chicken (or turkey)
3/4 cup of sour cream (light is fine)
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, divided
2-3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
In a large skillet or chef's pan heat the water until it boils and add the onions, chicken base, garlic powder and gnocchi. Stir the mixture well, turn down the heat to a low boil/simmer, and partially cover the pan. Let the gnocchi cook about five minutes, then stir in the spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and chicken. Partially cover the pan again and continue to cook the mixture for 5-10 minutes until much of the liquid is gone (you want about 1/3 of the liquid to remain). Stir in the sour cream, half of the cheddar cheese, and the Parmesan cheese. Turn off the heat, and sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese on top of the gnocchi mixture. Cover the pan for a minute or two to help melt the cheese on top of the mixture. Serve the meal directly from the skillet for easier cleanup.