Creamy Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake (Easy Recipe!) (2024)

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Make this easy chicken Alfredo Gnocchi and transform a simple weeknight dinner into a comforting and delicious meal. The combination of pillowy-soft potato dumplings, tender chicken, and creamy alfredo sauce makes the perfect comfort food.

Need another gnocchi recipe? Try one pan creamy chicken and gnocchi, Tuscan sausage sheet pan gnocchi, or creamy sausage gnocchi soup next.

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Table of Contents

  • This Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Is:
  • What Kind of Gnocchi to Use
  • Ingredients You Need
  • How to Make Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi
  • Recipe Variations
  • Recipe Shortcuts
  • Storage Tips
  • More Italian Dishes
  • Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Recipe

Our technique of searing the chicken and using the Italian seasoning as a base for the sauce builds extra flavor in a short amount of time! It’s a technique I use in many of my favorite dishes like spaghetti chicken and garlic parmesan chicken pasta.

And the dairy in the dish (milk, cream, butter, and cheese) makes it so comforting.

I’m sure you’ve had chicken alfredo. It’s a classic dish famous in Italian restaurants thanks to its creamy texture and rich flavor.

Adding gnocchi to the mix instead of spaghetti is unlike any comforting pasta dish you’ve ever had.

Each bite is incredibly rich and comforting. It’s a hug on a spoon. It’s a meal everyone loves and one you can pull out regardless of the occasion.

The creamy, garlicky, cheesy sauce coats every little pillowy gnocchi and you won’t believe it’s not from your favorite Italian restaurant.

Craving creamy pasta? Try garlic parmesan chicken pasta next.

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This recipe starts by searing the chicken in Italian seasoning and then using those brown bits (fond) to saute the shallot and garlic.

Building the flavors from the beginning is what makes this sauce better than the rest. It’s a simple approach, but it works!

It’s a great standalone meal, but also pairs really well with a kale apple salad.

This Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Is:

  • Incredibly flavorful with Italian spices.
  • An easy dish for weeknights (kids love it!).
  • Cozy and comforting thanks to the creamy, cheesy sauce.
  • Simple to customize.
  • Delicious as leftovers.
  • This dish creates a moment of calm during busy weeknights (and kids love it!).
  • It’s filled with dairy that’s delicious and good for your body, and for feeding a crowd.

If you love creamy gnocchi, you will love this chicken gnocchi soup. It’s just as creamy and cozy!

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What Kind of Gnocchi to Use

  • Homemade Gnocchi: take this recipe one step further and make your own gnocchi. A classic gnocchi works, or try our sweet potato gnocchi or cauliflower gnocchi.
  • Store-bought Gnocchi:any fresh or frozen gnocchi you find at the store will work for this recipe! We tested this recipe with the store-brand gnocchi and gluten-free gnocchi (I love this particular gluten-free gnocchi). If you live near Trader Joe’s, you can use their cauliflower gnocchi or sweet potato gnocchi.

Ingredients You Need

  • Seasoning:a mixture of Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, and pepper is just what the chicken needs.
  • Butter:this adds so much richness and flavor to the base of the sauce.
  • Chicken broth:use this to deglaze the pan and thin the sauce slightly.
  • Milk and cream:a mixture of heavy cream and whole milk gives creates a rich and creamy sauce.
  • Cheese:mozzarella gives it the gooey, cheese-pull topping, and the parmesan rounds out the flavors with a touch of saltiness.
  • Gnocchi:see section above! You can use store-bought or homemade gnocchi. These Italian dumplings are my favorite kind of pasta!

You’ll notice a dairy theme here! The combination of milk, cheese, cream, and butter adds richness and flavor. Dairy foods also offer simple nutrition that’s good for your body and tastes great.

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How to Make Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi

Here are the simple steps to make this loaded chicken alfredo gnocchi bake. It’s an easy recipe, but the step-by-step photos and video will make sure it turns out every time. Jump down to the recipe card for exact measurements and the printable recipe.

Sear the chicken:Toss the chicken with olive oil and seasonings. Sear it in a large skillet for 8-10 minutes, or until the outside is golden brown and the inside reaches just below 165°f (about 145-155 is good). The chicken will continue to cook as you bake it in the oven so it doesn’t need to reach the full 165°F.

Pro tip: Add a splash of water to the pan with the chicken if it’s becoming to brown before the chicken is cooked through.

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Make the roux:cook the shallot in some butter until it’s soft then add garlic and cook for another minute until it’s fragrant. Add more butter to melt then sprinkle flour on top and stir until it creates a thick paste.

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Make the alfredo sauce:Whisk in the chicken broth then the milk and heavy cream. Simmer until it starts to bubble and thicken.

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Add chicken and gnocchi:dice the chicken and add it to the cream sauce with the uncooked gnocchi. Toss everything to coat it in the cheese sauce.

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Bake:Top it with shredded mozzarella cheese and bake it for 12-15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling around the edges and the top gets slightly golden brown. Season with fresh cracked black pepper and chopped parsley.

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Recipe Variations

  • Spinach:Fresh greens is a great addition! Add a few handfuls of fresh spinach to the sauce with the chicken and gnocchi and cook it to wilt.
  • Red peppers:dice red peppers and saute them with the shallot and garlic.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes:stir in sun-dried tomatoes with the chicken and gnocchi before baking.
  • Make it in a casserole dish:use a baking dish if you don’t have an oven-safe skillet. Spray the dish with non-stick spray then add the chicken, gnocchi, and sauce. Sprinkle with cheese before baking.

Recipe Shortcuts

  • Use rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the chicken to save time.
  • You can purchase store-bought alfredo sauce in a pinch, but homemade is so much better!

Storage Tips

Store leftover chicken alfredo gnocchi in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave until heated through or warm it in the oven at 350°F until hot.

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More Italian Dishes

If you need a cozy Italian pasta dish, try Italian meatballs or Instant Pot Lasagna Soup.

Need another chicken pasta? Try chicken sausage pasta or this lemon chicken orzo skillet.

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Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi

Prep: 10 minutes mins

Cook: 25 minutes mins

Total: 35 minutes mins

Make this easy chicken Alfredo Gnocchi and transform a simple weeknight dinner into a comforting and delicious meal. The combination of pillowy-soft potato dumplings, tender chicken, and creamy alfredo sauce makes the perfect comfort food.

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Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 lb chicken breast pounded to even thickness or sliced in half lengthwise into cutlets
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 2 shallots thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 Tablespoons flour gluten-free if needed
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb uncooked potato gnocchi gluten-free if needed
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 425°. Toss the chicken with 1 Tablespoon olive oil, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt.

  • Drizzle the remaining 1 Tablespoon of olive in the bottom of a large, oven-safe skillet, like a cast-iron skillet, over medium-high heat.

  • Once it’s hot and shimmering, pan fry the chicken for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown on the outside and the internal temperature reaches just below 165°F. The chicken will continue to cook when it’s baked so it doesn’t need to be fully cooked (i pulled mine off the heat at 145°F). Add a splash of water as needed to the pan if it’s becoming to brown before the chicken is cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board to rest.

  • In the same pan, add 1 Tablespoon of butter and stir to melt over medium heat, scraping some of the brown bits from the chicken as you go. Add the shallot and cook for 2-3 minutes, until soft and translucent. Stir in the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.

  • Add the remaining 3 Tablespoons of butter and stir to melt. Sprinkle the flour on top and stir to coat, creating a thick paste (a roux).

  • With the heat on medium, whisk in the chicken broth, milk, and heavy cream. Turn the heat up to medium-high and continue to whisk until the mixture smooths and starts to bubble and thicken.

  • Turn the heat off and dice the cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add the chicken to the sauce with the uncooked gnocchi. Stir to coat and sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling around the edges, and starting to turn golden brown in a few places on the top. Check the gnocchi bake 1-2 times as needed in the oven and rotate the pan carefully for even browning.

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Note 1. Casserole dish: Follow the directions to make the chicken and sauce in the skillet. Spray the 9×13-inch casserole dish with non-stick spray then add the chicken, gnocchi, and sauce. Sprinkle with cheese before baking.



  • Large, oven-safe skillet or skillet and casserole dish (Note 1)


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.6g | Protein: 35.7g | Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 98.7mg | Sodium: 1131.2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5.3g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake (Easy Recipe!) (2024)


Can you bake gnocchi instead of boiling? ›

That's because we discovered you don't even actually have to boil the gnocchi in order to make it for dinner. Toss them directly from the package onto a sheet pan with a slew of veggies, roast them for 20 minutes, scoop into bowls, and dig in. Seriously — that's it.

How to add more flavor to chicken alfredo? ›

The key is to have a well seasoned Alfredo sauce. Roasted garlic, good Parmesan and a pinch of nutmeg are all good flavor boosters. How do I season chicken breast for chicken alfredo? Salt, pepper, maybe some garlic powder.

How long do you bake Zatarain's chicken alfredo? ›

Bake for 45 minutes.

How do you make Alfredo more interesting? ›

Fresh Herbs: - Add chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, or thyme to the Alfredo sauce for a burst of freshness and color. Simply stir the herbs into the sauce just before serving. Alfredo sauce is quick and easy to make, recipes are on line and several are pretty good.

Do I need to pre cook gnocchi before baking? ›

You DO NOT need to pre boil the gnocchi as it will cook in the sauce. Allow everything to soften slightly, then top with the mozzarella and bake until crispy and golden.

How do you know when gnocchi is done in the oven? ›

Roast for 20-25 minutes, until the gnocchi is browned and crisp on the outside but still a little tender and chewy when you bite in. It will continue to cook a little outside the oven, so err on the side of caution and pull it out a little early to avoid it getting TOO chewy.

How to jazz up chicken Alfredo? ›

Heartier herbs like thyme or oregano can be added in to simmer with the sauce. Add delicate herbs like parsley, basil, or chervil at the end to maintain their delicate, aromatic flavor. Quick tip: Swirl in a bit of leftover pesto to add another herbaceous twist to your Alfredo sauce.

How do you upgrade jarred Alfredo sauce? ›

Dress up a dull jar of Alfredo with a drizzle of infused oil. Infused oils are olive oils that have been mixed with fresh ingredients and allowed to marinate together to create an aromatic oil. Fresh herbs are commonly infused in olive oil, and garlic and spicy chilies also work well.

What can I add to a jar of Alfredo sauce to make it better? ›

Seasonings, spices, and fresh herbs: this is definitely a great way to give your Alfredo sauce a more personal flavor. The most obvious choice is black pepper, but you can also add parsley and thyme, or dried herbs like oregano.

How do you thicken Alfredo sauce in the oven? ›

The easiest way to accomplish this is to mix about a spoonful of cornstarch to 2 spoonfuls of liquid – it could be water or chicken stock or even milk. You will add this mixture, also called a slurry to the sauce and as it starts to cook, the sauce will thicken.

Do you add Alfredo sauce while cooking or after? ›

First, in authentic Italian cuisine, the sauce is always tossed with the pasta before it ever hits the plate. Just before the sauce is done cooking, the hot pasta is added to the saucepan.

How do you know when Alfredo sauce is done? ›

Bring the butter-cream mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered about 3 to 5 minutes. Cook the sauce gently until it begins to thicken, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. You'll know the Alfredo sauce recipe is thick enough when it coats the back of your spoon.

What is the secret to thick Alfredo sauce? ›

Add Cheese

The key ingredient in Alfredo sauce is cheese—generally Parmigiano Reggiano—and lots of it. To thicken Alfredo sauce, simply add more cheese than the amount called for in a recipe until you achieve the consistency you want.

What meat is good in Alfredo? ›

Because the Alfredo sauce is cream based with Parmesan cheese I would recommend chicken, shrimp (or other fresh seafood). Sautee with garlic, salt and pepper, and maybe roasted red pepper and parsley to finish. Beef or pork would have a stronger flavor and not compliment the Alfredo as much in my opinion.

What goes well in Alfredo pasta? ›

What to Serve with Fettuccine Alfredo – 15 Dreamy Combos
  • Meat. • 1 Blackened chicken.
  • Seafood. • 1 Shrimp.
  • Produce. • 1 Asparagus. • 1 Broccoli. • 1 Green beans. • 1 Spinach. ...
  • Bread & Baked Goods. • 1 Garlic bread.
  • Deli. • 1 Arugula salad. • 1 Green salad. • 1 Kale salad. • 1 Tomato salad.
  • Other. • Antipasti Bites. • Bruschetta.

Can you cook gnocchi in sauce instead of boiling? ›

I use a moderate quality shelf stable gnocchi, so I'll go without pre-boiling. Cooking the gnocchi in the sauce makes for a nice, one-pot meal, which is great for clean-up, too.

What should you not do when making gnocchi? ›

Don't overwork the dough: When making gnocchi dough, it's important not to overwork it. Overworking the dough can make the gnocchi tough and chewy. Mix the ingredients together just until the dough comes together, and then stop mixing! You're not kneading bread here.

Can you eat gnocchi without cooking it? ›

The basic ingredient of store-bought gnocchi is, of course, potatoes, which in this case are precooked. But in addition there are various raw flours and/or starches, such as rice, wheat, corn, and potato. These latter are inedible when uncooked from the standpoint of both digestibility and safety.

Why does my gnocchi fall apart when I cook it? ›

If the gnocchi fall apart or appear to be fraying at the edges, it can mean one of two things: You let them cook for too long or, even worse, you didn't combine the potato and flour into true dough. In the latter case, it's back to square one.


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