Chicken Alfredo meets loaded baked potato in this delicious Alfredo Gnocchi. This comfort food dish is full of flavor and is easy to make in under 30 minutes. It's the perfect meal for any night of the week.
If you are new to gnocchi, get excited because this gnocchi bake is creamy, cheesy, and so delicious. Chicken Alfredo gnocchi is a delicious twist on two classic dishes that will have everyone asking for more.
Basically, you are mixing together gnocchi with a few ingredients, then covering them with a thick layer of cheese. The finished product is melted and cheesy and tastes like a loaded baked potato casserole.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
You want a delicious, easy to make meal that the whole family will love without spending hours in the kitchen. Our gnocchi Alfredo is the perfect solution.
Using store bought items helps save you time in the kitchen. No one has time for complicated dinner recipes these days. This baked gnocchi recipe with chicken and broccoli is simple to make and only takes 30 minutes from start to finish.
It's packed with flavor and will please everyone at your table. You will love how cheesy it is, and your family will be begging for more.
What is gnocchi?
They are small, soft dumplings made from flour and potato. The cooked potatoes are mixed with enough flour to create a dough, then it is shaped into small pieces for boiling.
What You Need
This gnocchi bake comes together in minutes with just a few simple ingredients. I like to use pre-packaged items and give them enough homemade flair to kick the package right out of it.
- Gnocchi - One package of shelf stable gnocchi.
- Chicken - Use any type of cooked chicken you have on hand. We have used Rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken, and canned chicken with great results.
- Bacon - Cooked crumbled bacon gives a great loaded baked potato flavor to this gnocchi bake.
- Garlic - Minced garlic gives it a good flavor.
- Broccoli - You can use fresh or frozen broccoli in this casserole.
- Cheese - A mixture of mozzarella and Monterey Jack cheese gives it a great cheesy topping.
- Alfredo Sauce - Use your favorite jarred sauce to keep things simple.
- Optional Toppings - Top the baked gnocchi Alfredo with grated Parmesan cheese, green onions, and more bacon.
How to make Alfredo Gnocchi
Since gnocchi is a potato based pasta, we are going to load this casserole just like a baked potato. Melty cheese goodness and bacon makes this creamy gnocchi recipe a winner, winner, chicken dinner.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook according to the package directions.
- Gently stir together the drained gnocchi, broccoli, chicken, bacon, garlic, and Alfredo sauce in a large bowl.
- Spoon the mixture into a greased baking dish.
- Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and bake until heated through and melted.
- Broil 1-2 minutes to brown the cheese, then serve immediately.
Make it a Full Meal
Store the cooled casserole in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat leftovers in the microwave.
- Buy and shred a Rotisserie chicken 1-2 days ahead of time. Keep it in the fridge or freezer for quick and easy meal prep.
- Jarred Alfredo sauce saves time in making this recipe, but feel free to make a homemade sauce if you like.
- Frozen or fresh broccoli can be used in this bake.
- Serve the hot casserole right away for best taste.
Can this casserole be made ahead of time?
Yes, you can put the entire dish together ahead of time. Mix it all together, top with cheese, then cover and place in the refrigerator.
Cook it whenever you are ready to make dinner. Remove the dish from the fridge about 20-30 minutes ahead of time. Add a few additional minutes to the cook time because it will be cold.
Where do you buy gnocchi?
It is a shelf stable ingredient, so you can find it in the dry pasta aisle in most grocery stores. Potato gnocchi can also be found in the frozen food section.
How do you know when gnocchi is cooked?
Place the gnocchi in a pot of boiling water. The cooked gnocchi will float to the top when they are done. Strain and serve them immediately with sauce.
If you are pan frying the gnocchi, you do not need to boil them first. Fry them in butter until they are golden brown and lightly crisp on the outside. Make sure to flip them as they cook.
More Easy Chicken Dinners
- Chicken Pasta Bake recipe
- Chipotle Chicken Pasta - great Cheesecake Factory Copycat
- Chicken Alfredo Ravioli
- Buffalo Chicken Pasta
- Cheesy Chicken Pasta
- Monterey Chicken Enchiladas
- Bacon Shrimp Alfredo
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*This Loaded Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake was first published on April 2014. The photos and post were updated February 10, 2022.
Would canned chicken work?
Yes, canned chicken would work just fine. I hope you enjoy the dinner!
I'm going to try. What size baking dish? Looks like 8 x 8. Thank you.
A 2 quart casserole dish would be perfect. The 8x8 might be a little small. I hope you enjoy the gnocchi!
We substituted chicken for Italian sausage and YUM. Love the recipe, big hit with a picky hubby and toddler!
Wanting to make this as a freezer meal. Do you think it would work by cooking the chicken and then adding everything else not cooked then thawing and putting in the oven to cook/ warm up? Has anyone tried this?
I haven't tried freezing this particular one because it comes together so quickly. I think to do it as a freezer meal, you would boil the gnocchi first, then mix everything together and freeze it. Before cooking thaw it overnight in the refrigerator, and pull it out 30 minutes before baking. I hope this helps and you enjoy it.
This recipe! I’ve made it now about 4 or 5 times for my family, and it’s always a hit. My brother, the pickiest eater at 36 said “this is the best thing you’ve ever made”. High praise! Today, I was craving this recipe, but we were fresh out of chicken, so I gambled and subbed in Italian sausage. Let me tell you! It’s sooooooo good! I’m pretty sure this recipe can’t go wrong. Thank you for sharing <3
This sounds so yummy! AND I have most ingredients on hand...bonus! Would love to take this to work for a pot lock. Do you think this could be placed in a crock pot instead of baking as we do not have an oven at work. Maybe just place on simmer-low for a few hours. Appreciate your input!
I have never tried it in a crock pot, but I think that would work just fine. Make everything the same, but instead of putting in the baking dish, spoon it into the crockpot. And I think you are right on target with doing it on low for a couple of hours. Keep me posted on how it turns out!!!