Creamy Pesto Baked Gnocchi & Chicken Skillet

Creamy Pesto Baked Gnocchi & Chicken Skillet


Creamy Pesto Gnocchi & Chicken is the one-pan dinner of your dreams!
  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1½ lb. total)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1½ c. grape tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ c. dry white wine
  • 1 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 (17-oz.) package refrigerated or shelf-stable gnocchi
  • ½ c. homemade or store-bought pesto, divided
  • 6 oz. mozzarella, torn (optional)
  • Torn fresh basil leaves and lightly toasted pine nuts, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 425º. Season chicken on both sides with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. In a large straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  2. In same skillet over medium heat, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and wine and cook, stirring and scraping up any brown bits on bottom of pan, until wine is mostly evaporated and tomatoes are just starting to wilt, about 2 minutes. Pour in broth and and cream and bring to a boil. Stir in gnocchi and nestle chicken back into pan.
  3. Bake until chicken is cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part registers 165°, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a cutting board.
  4. Stir 2 tablespoons pesto into skillet. Top with mozzarella (if using). Continue to bake until pesto is warmed through and cheese is melted, about 4 minutes more. Let cool slightly.
  5. Thinly slice chicken and return to skillet. Dollop top of bake with remaining 6 tablespoons pesto. Sprinkle with basil and pine nuts.

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