Oh my goodness. This easy-to-make dish comes together, ready-to-eat in 30 minutes. It tastes decadent, with a silky, creamy sauce that comes from the gnocchi and NOT heavy cream. The chicken is cooked to perfection, and the tastes come together beautifully. It will make people think this recipe took you hours to put together. I love that!
This is another great Pampered Chef recipe. I love this company, they not only give us great tools to make our time in the kitchen easier, but they create TONS of amazing recipes in their own test kitchen, to make sure that we can use these tools properly, and to help us get in and out of the kitchen quickly, so that we can enjoy not only our food, but our family and friends. I will share the tools and seasonings that I’ve used here, please note that I may make commission on any products purchased.
Let me show you how easy this is to pull this together!!
Note: I like to prep as many ingredients as I can before beginning my recipe. You can certainly do everything as you go along, the important thing I feel is to find whatever way works best for you when you are cooking. For me, I like to read my recipe a couple of times, because I know that I will forget something. Then, I will prep as much as I can before beginning to cook. This way, I ensure that I have everything I need, and if I don’t, then I can substitute (if I’m able to) and everything will be ready at my fingertips when I am actually cooking. Okay, let’s begin.
First, you’ll need two slices of bacon. I’m a firm believer that bacon belongs in almost everything! In this dish, it is as a bit of smoky flavor compliment to the chicken and gnocchi.
Next, you’ll want six boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Season them with salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning. Of course, I use my Pampered Chef Italian Seasoning Mix, what else?!
Of course, you have to have garlic. The recipe calls for three garlic cloves, but you could use more or less depending on your personal taste. For this recipe, we are pressing the garlic. That releases a lot of the garlicky flavor, giving it a nice “bite”.
The last thing we will prep is Parmesan cheese. I love to use freshly grated cheese for a couple of reasons. I believe that we get more (that is, more cheese and more money in our pockets) if we buy a wedge of cheese then if we purchase a container at the store. You’re paying for the container, and there are some fillers in store bought cheese that are not necessarily bad for you, but they need to use filler so that the cheese does not stick to itself and it keeps fresh for longer. So I like to use a wedge of cheese and freshly grate it as I need it, that way, I know exactly what is going into my recipes. You’ll want to finely grate 2 oz of Parmesan cheese, which is equal to about 1 cup.
Before we begin to cook, you’ll need 1/2 cup frozen peas, 2 cups of 2% or whole milk and 1 lb potato gnocchi. Okay, here we go!
Heat your skillet over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add your bacon and cook until crisp. Remove the bacon and set aside.
Next add your seasoned chicken to the skillet and cook about 5-7 minutes per side, or until chicken reaches 165°F (74°C). Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
Now add the garlic, keeping in mind that because it’s pressed it can burn easily. You only want to let it heat up for about 10 seconds, just to get the flavors melding. Immediately add the milk, gnocchi, cheese, bacon, and one more teaspoon of Italian seasoning mix. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring frequently, until the milk has reduced slightly and started to thicken. This should take about 3 minutes.
Last step, stir in the peas and add the chicken back to the skillet. Cook on medium low for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly.
All done! I hope that you’ll try this recipe, and please let me know if you like it, or if you did anything different. I love to hear how people change recipes around to make it their own. Check out my video at the end. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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