Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Gnocchi

This sun dried tomato chicken gnocchi tastes like an expensive Italian date night but it couldn't be easier. You just need a handful of simple ingredients and a few steps to make this magic happen.

May I present to you my new favorite weeknight chicken dinner recipe? The only difficult thing about this recipe is that I can’t decide what I like best about it – the fact that it takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish or the fact that it looks and tastes fancy.

But I digress. The only thing that matters is that we’re talking about tender, juicy chicken, wrapped up in a silky sun dried tomato sauce and tossed together with pillowy bites of gnocchi. This recipe is gonna change your whole outlook on easy chicken dinners. (Because let’s be honest, most of them are kinda boring.)

Up close photo of sun dried tomato chicken gnocchi.

Why I Love This Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Gnocchi

If you ask me, it’s almost impossible to beat a meal that checks off these two boxes: easy to make but tastes like you spent hours on it.

Recipes like this chicken gnocchi are the ones you want to save and keep coming back to. Print it out. Put it on your Pinterest “Favorite Dinners” board. Send it to your bestie or your momma or your man. You know the drill.

For this simple chicken gnocchi recipe, we’re using tender, seasoned chicken, a creamy sun dried tomato sauce, fresh spinach or arugula for a pop of green, and of course, gnocchi!

There’s plenty of room for innovation with this recipe – I’ve used fettuccine, spaghetti, and linguine noodles. I’ve omitted the greens. I’ve sautéed up some juicy shrimp instead of chicken. Make it your own and enjoy! 

Ingredients

  • Chicken breasts – I love chicken breasts in this gnocchi dinner, but like I mentioned, you can easily swap it out for your protein of choice. I love to use shrimp or steak too, or you could always keep it vegetarian! 
  • Gnocchi – Hello, beautiful carbs! Gnocchi is such a hearty, filling pasta option and it soaks up this sun dried tomato sauce beautifully. It cooks super quickly, too!
  • Sun dried tomatoes – You can find these jarred, in oil at most conventional grocery stores and supermarkets. They have a deep, savory flavor that is everything in this sauce. 
  • Heavy cream – Nothing beats heavy cream to make a luxurious sauce. The lemon juice and sun dried tomato keeps it from being too rich. But trust me, it tastes heavenly.
  • Spinach or arugula – The greens are completely optional, but I love adding them to brighten things up.

Up close photo of sun dried tomato chicken gnocchi.

FAQs and Tips for this Recipe

Can this recipe be prepped ahead of time?

While this sun dried tomato chicken gnocchi is best served fresh off the stove, some things can be prepped ahead of time.

  • Prep and season the chicken and store in an airtight container.
  • Portion out the ingredients for the sauce and store in a jar. 

Can this recipe be reheated?

  • To reheat on the stovetop, add a dash of olive oil to a skillet. Add the desired amount to a small saucepan and heat over medium for 5-8 minutes. Stir occasionally until heated throughout. 
  • To reheat in the oven, lightly oil an overproof dish. Add the gnocchi to the dish and cover. Bake at 350º for 20 minutes, removing once to stir.

Up close photo of sun dried tomato chicken gnocchi.

There you have it – the easiest, creamiest, most irresistible sun dried tomato chicken gnocchi dinner you’ll ever make! 10 on the flavor spectrum and mayyybe a 2 on the difficulty spectrum. Stow this one away for your next lazy girl dinner or at-home date night with your man. I can’t make any promises that he won’t want to marry you afterwards though. 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy this sun dried tomato chicken gnocchi recipe – when you make it, be sure to leave a comment and a review below. I love hearing what you think! 

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Gnocchi

This sun dried tomato chicken gnocchi tastes like an expensive Italian date night but it couldn't be easier. You just need a handful of simple ingredients and a few steps to make this magic happen.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 16 oz. package of gnocchi
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups spinach or arugula

For The Sauce

  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomato in olive oil, drained
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Pat chicken dry and slice into smaller pieces lengthwise, about 1“ in thickness. Season with Italian herb blend, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • In a large skillet, heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil to medium-high. Add chicken to the skillet and sear 3 minutes, flip each piece and sear 3 minutes on the opposite side. Remove the chicken from the skillet (set aside in a bowl). Decrease the heat to medium-low.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium pot, bring water to a boil and add gnocchi. Once the water returns to a boil, cook for about 3 minutes until gnocchi begin to float.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon of oil to the original skillet and add garlic. Sauté 2 minutes until golden brown. Add lemon juice and stir quickly to deglaze the skillet. Add sun dried tomatoes, whipping cream, parmesan cheese, ½ teaspoon sea salt. Decrease heat to low and let the sauce simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once gnocchi is cooked, drain the water, then add gnocchi to the skillet. Then add chicken and spinach to the skillet and toss to combine. Cook 2-4 minutes until spinach has wilted.
  • Serve immediately, top with more parmesan, and enjoy!
Keyword chicken, dinner recipe, easy dinner, easy recipe, gnocchi, pasta dish,, sun dried tomato

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