Creamy Pesto Chicken Gnocchi

On those busy nights when you need something that comes together quickly with minimal prep, this Creamy Chicken Pesto Gnocchi is perfect! This flavourful dish is prepared in just one pan and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. The result is pillowy soft gnocchi in a creamy, rich pesto sauce, topped with perfectly cooked and seasoned chicken. I’ve added zucchini here to make this a complete meal, but feel free to substitute with any veggie your family prefers. Green beans, broccoli and asparagus would all work really well!

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Creamy Pesto Chicken Gnocchi

Creamy Chicken Pesto Gnocchi

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  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • 2 chicken breasts, halved lengthways
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt, plus extra to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper, plus extra to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic, freshly minced
  • 2 large zucchini/courgettes, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup semi-dried tomatoes
  • 300 ml thickened/heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan, freshly grated, plus extra to serve
  • 500 g fresh gnocchi (see note 2)
  • 2 tbsp store-bought or homemade pesto
  • Basil sprigs, to serve


  1. Use a mallet or rolling pin to pound the chicken so that it is an even thickness if needed. Sprinkle the chicken with the thyme, paprika, salt and pepper. Use your hands to rub all over as evenly as you can (this is a dry rub).
  2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based skillet on medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for 8-10 minutes until just cooked, turning once halfway through (see note 1 for help). Set aside.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of water to the pan to scrape up any sticky bits, then add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring.
  4. Add the zucchini and cook for 2 minutes until softened.
  5. Stir through the semi-dried tomatoes, followed by the cream and Parmesan. Bring to a gentle simmer and add the gnocchi.
  6. Cook with the lid on for 2-5 minutes or until the gnocchi is cooked through.
  7. Stir through the pesto and season to taste. Top with the cooked chicken, basil sprigs and an extra sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.


Note 1 – It’s important that the chicken is cooked at a medium-high heat and not too high otherwise the spices will very quickly burn. If you find that the pan is getting too sticky and crispy, add 2 tbsp of water and cook the chicken with the lid on for the last 3 minutes of cooking (this will cook the chicken more quickly and stop it burning).


Note 2 Fresh gnocchi in the refrigerated section of the supermarket must be used (the type that takes 2-5 minutes to cook). This recipe will not work with any other variety.


Creamy Chicken Pesto Gnocchi can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave. Not suitable to freeze.


Creamy Chicken Pesto Gnocchi can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave. Not suitable to freeze.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: pan fry
  • Cuisine: Italian