Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi is an easy dish that can be made in under 30 minutes! Soft potato gnocchi and chicken paired with a rich, creamy Alfredo sauce makes a comforting dish. It's sure to be a hit with everyone!
Chicken Alfredo gnocchi is a delicious twist on two classic dishes that will have everyone asking for more. The final dinner tastes like a loaded baked potato casserole.
If you are new to gnocchi, get excited because this gnocchi bake is creamy, cheesy, and so delicious. Plus, it's easy to make and can be on the dinner table in under 30 minutes.
What are Gnocchi
Gnocchi are small, soft, and pillowy dumplings made from potatoes, flour, and sometimes eggs. They originated in Italy and have become a popular dish worldwide. Gnocchi can be served with a variety of sauces, such as tomato, pesto, or Alfredo.
Why You Will Love Gnocchi Alfredo
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 comfort food solution.
- Ready in Minutes - There is no reason to spend that much time in the kitchen. This easy meal comes together in 30 minutes.
- Simple Ingredients - Using store bought ingredients helps you save time in the kitchen. All you need are simple things like gnocchi, chicken, broccoli, and Alfredo sauce.
- Lots of Flavor - Combining broccoli chicken Alfredo with extra cheese and gnocchi creates a delicious meal. Everyone at your table will love it!
- Customizing is easy! Choose your favorite cheese, vegetables, and protein to make a cheesy dinner to your liking.
This creamy chicken gnocchi bake comes together in minutes with just a few simple ingredients. I like to use pre-packaged items to keep meal prep super simple.
- Gnocchi - You will need one package of shelf stable gnocchi. You can find it in the pasta aisle of most stores. You can also find it in the freezer or refrigerated section.
- 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. Other veggies that work well are mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, or peas.
- 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 Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi
Since gnocchi is a potato based pasta, we are going to load this chicken gnocchi bake just like a baked potato. Melty cheese goodness and bacon makes this gnocchi recipe a winner, winner, chicken dinner.
- Cook the gnocchi. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook according to the package instructions.
- Stir together ingredients. Gently stir together the drained gnocchi, broccoli, chicken, bacon, garlic, and Alfredo sauce in a large bowl.
- Top with cheese. Spoon the mixture into a greased casserole dish.
- Bake and serve. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top and bake until hot and melted. Broil a few minutes to brown the cheese, then serve immediately.
How to Serve Baked Gnocchi with Chicken
These cheesy gnocchi Alfredo is completely delicious and a full meal on its own. But if you want to stretch the meal further, try adding a few side dishes to the dinner.
- Bread - A few good options would be breadsticks, garlic bread, or cheesy biscuits.
- Veggies - Add a side of roasted veggies, glazed carrots, or grilled corn.
- Salad - A simple spinach salad with honey balsamic vinaigrette or a fresh tomato cucumber mozzarella salad is a great choice.
- Dessert - Finish up dinner with a pan of easy tiramisu or espresso brownies.
In the Refrigerator - Store the cooled gnocchi casserole in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat leftovers in the microwave.
In the Freezer - You can freeze leftovers in a freezer safe container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator 24 hours before reheating in the oven or microwave.
Tips and Tricks
- Use rotisserie chicken. 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.
- Save time with Alfredo sauce from a jar. Buy your favorite jar of sauce to use in this recipe or make a homemade sauce if you prefer that instead.
- Change up the veggies. Use your favorite vegetable in place of the broccoli. Peas, asparagus, spinach, or peppers would also be great.
- Shred your own cheese. Store-bought shredded cheese has a coating that keeps it from sticking together. Unfortunately it also hinders it from melting as well. Use a grater to shred blocks of cheese for best results.
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.
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.
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
- Buffalo Chicken Pasta
- Cheesy Chicken Pasta
- Easy Chicken Enchiladas
- Spinach Artichoke Pasta
- BLT Chicken Alfredo Ravioli
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*This Loaded Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake was first published on April 2014. The photos and post were updated April 2023.