Chicken Parmesan Gnocchi Bake

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Everyone... hold your horses - if you've never made my Chicken Parmesan Gnocchi Bake, it's about to be the new favorite thing on What's Gaby Cooking!

A skillet with a baked gnocchi chicken parmesan, topped with burrata and garnished with basil leaves and oregano, and a spoon to serve.


 

Why I Love This Recipe

Let me preface this by saying... I'm not even sure how we can go up from here. This Chicken Parmesan Gnocchi Bake is just THAT good.

An overhead close-up shot of a baked chicken parmesan gnocchi topped with burrata and garnished with oregano.

It's a ground chicken mixture that's flavored the same way you would season a chicken parmesan. Add to that some perfectly boiled gnocchi (which are like little pillows of heaven) on top and finish it off tons of cheese and herbs because obviously love a burrata moment, and that's about it. It's magical to say the least and I am 20000% confident that you're going to love it. Also it's perfection when served with my cucumber salad - just saying!

Ingredients & Substitutions

Mise-en-place of all the ingredients to make chicken parmesan gnocchi bake.
  • Plain Gnocchi
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Yellow Onion
  • Garlic
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper freshly cracked
  • Ground Chicken
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Mozzarella shredded
  • Parmesan shredded
  • Burrata
  • Fresh Basil or Oregano garnish

*For a full list of ingredients and instructions please see recipe card below.

How to Make Chicken Parmesan Gnocchi Bake

A colander with cooked gnocchi along with a measuring cup with the reserved starchy pasta water.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the gnocchi to the boiling water and cook according to the package directions; drain, reserving ¼ cup of the cooking liquid.

A skillet with chopped onions and garlic being sautéed.

Step 2: Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes.

A skillet with chopped onions and garlic being sautéed and ground chicken just added to the skillet.

Step 3: Add the ground chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the onions are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.

A skillet with ground chicken being cooked, and cooked gnocchi, marinara sauce and salt, pepper and red peper flakes just added.

Step 4: Add the gnocchi, reserved cooking liquid, marinara sauce and red pepper flakes to the skillet with the chicken mixture and stir to combine.

A skillet with gnocchi and ground chicken cooked in marinara sauce, and shredded parmesan just added.

Step 5: Add the parmesan and stir.

A skillet with gnocchi and ground chicken cooked together in marinara sauce, and shredded mozzarella just added.

Step 6: Sprinkle with the mozzarella. Bake on the top oven rack until hot and bubbling and the cheese turns golden, about 15 minutes.

A skillet with a baked chicken parmesan gnocchi fresh out of the oven, with pieces of burrata added on top, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and garnished with basil and oregano.

Step 7: Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Add the burrata on top. And season with salt and pepper as needed. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve.

How to Store Chicken Parmesan Gnocchi Bake

You can store leftovers for this in the fridge for 3-4 days. When its time to eat, the best move would be to warm it in the oven till its warmed through and the cheese melty again. If you have some extra marinara on hand, you can use it if it dries up from the re-heating.

How to Freeze Chicken Parmesan Gnocchi Bake

It is better to assemble this and freeze, skipping the baking step, if you want to keep it on hand for a quick meal in the freezer. You can then bake it straight from the freezer (increase baking time) or thawed in the fridge and then baked. Remember to portion it into meal-sized portions per your requirement so you do not have to thaw it all to use.

Tips & Tricks

Feel free to get fancy and use spinach gnocchi. It will make a great visual on the plate.

A skillet with a baked gnocchi chicken parmesan, topped with burrata and garnished with basil leaves and oregano.

FAQs

Can I make this vegetarian?

Certainly! Just skip the chicken. You can also add veggies of your choice- mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, zucchini are all great!!

Why did my gnocchi bake dry out?

Do not over-bake this dish, as it can dry it out. Since all the components in this chicken parm gnocchi bake are already cooked, we are baking it to further warm it together, let all the flavors marry and, most importantly, the cheese melt. And so, you should not need to bake it for very long.

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Chicken Parmesan Gnocchi Bake

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.9 from 73 votes
Your fav Chicken Parmesan mixed with Gnocchi in the form of a quick and easy bake!! It's perfection
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces plain gnocchi
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 cups store-bought marinara sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 ball fresh burrata
  • Sprigs fresh basil or oregano for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Add the gnocchi to the boiling water and cook according to the package directions; drain, reserving ¼ cup of the cooking liquid.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the ground chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the onions are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the gnocchi, reserved cooking liquid, marinara sauce and red pepper flakes to the skillet with the chicken mixture and stir to combine. Add the parmesan and stir.
  • Sprinkle with the mozzarella. Bake on the top oven rack until hot and bubbling and the cheese turns golden, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Add the burrata on top. And season with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs and serve.

Notes

Feel free to get fancy and use spinach gnocchi. It will make a great visual on the plate.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1404mg | Potassium: 1054mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 952IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 415mg | Iron: 6mg
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99 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This dish checks so many boxes! So so good! The combination of gnocchi and sautéed chicken and fresh Burrata mixed in tomato sauce is heaven.

  2. 5 stars
    I have made this so many times. Not just with chicken though. Its amazing with ground turkey, pork or even pork sausage. SO good. On regular rotation at my house.

    1. I would thaw it out for a few hours before baking and then follow the same instructions as printed

  3. So good! Use Rao’s marinara :):) skipped the mozz cause #quarantine & used some grated parm sprinkled on top before baking. Used dollops of pesto instead of herbs. Sooo good and a lot of food.. will definitely be a new staple

  4. 5 stars
    I saw you make this on your live instagram post....my whole family is obsessed and we've made it twice in 2 weeks. I really appreciated all your substitution suggestions in light of this crazy time! I made it once with chicken sausage instead of ground chicken. Next time with ground chicken but bow tie pasta.....'cause that's what I had:) So good both times. Thank you!!

  5. 5 stars
    This was such a comforting dish! Quick to put together, boil the gnocchi while fixing the onion and chicken. I added Kale into the chicken and onion since I was too lazy to make a salad, and it was fantastic. I drizzled Garlic Goodness Oil over top as i popped it into the oven. Quarantine challenges left only ricotta, parm and pecorino in the fridge, so parm and pecorino got mixed into the sauce and once it was baked I added dollops of ricotta on top and a few drizzles of pesto. Absolutely amazing!!!! I used GF gnocchi too- worked just fine!

  6. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. It is sooooo good and super easy to make!! Perfect easy weeknight comfort meal! I added several handfuls of fresh spinach to up the veggies, other than that, followed the recipe as written. Thanks Gaby!!

  7. Taking this out of the oven now....It looks and smells amazing!
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes.

4.91 from 73 votes (35 ratings without comment)

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