Creamy Chicken Gnocchi- Perfect Leftover Meal

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A small dish of creamy chicken gnocchi from busylizziecooks.com

This chicken gnocchi recipe is the perfect weeknight meal – quick to make and really tasty. You can put some chicken in the oven the night before, buy cooked chicken, or use leftovers.

Whenever we have a gap in the meal planner my husband suggests either lentil chilli, or pizza. It’s so easy to fall back on the same meals time and again (even if lentil chilli is a great meal, I couldn’t eat it every day), or taking a pizza  out of a box.

In these situations, when you have little time energy but want to cook from scratch, little ‘cheat’ ingredients like fresh pasta, pre-cooked chicken and frozen vegetables can really make the meal. You can focus on creating the source (and stopping the kids killing each other, opening that bottle of wine, whatever), knowing you don’t need to worry about salmonela and hard carrot.

On the other hand, if you enjoy roast dinners but don’t always want bubble and squeak or soup the next day, this dish could be the perfect leftover meal. Just chop up the leftover vegetables from your roast dinner and add them with the chicken and gnocchi.

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Chicken Gnocchi Tips

Because there  are loads of different ways to make this meal I haven’t been too specific about the milk quantity. I used about 200ml, but I also used some juices from my pre cooked chicken, and didn’t drain the pasta and veg too thoroughly. The key thing is that the liquid level should sit just below the top of the top pieces of gnocchi.

My gnocchi only took 2 minutes according to the packet, and the vegetables 3. I set a timer so they didn’t end up too soggy. If you don’t have garlic puree you can of course use a couple of cloves of garlic or a teaspoon or two of garlic granules. Garlic goes so well with a creamy gnocchi, and puree is what I had to hand.

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A small dish of creamy chicken gnocchi from busylizziecooks.com
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Creamy Chicken Gnocchi
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

An easy 20 minute gnocchi dish that is perfect for using up leftovers.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: British/Italian
Servings: 3
Calories: 550 kcal
Author: Lizzie
Ingredients
  • 1 onion
  • 500 g fresh gnocchi pasta Just over 1 lb
  • 4 handfuls mixed frozen vegetables
  • 2 tsp garlic puree
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (cornflour)
  • 200 ml milk 7 floz
Instructions
  1. Boil the kettle for the pasta. While it's boiling start chopping the onion.

  2. Put the pasta and frozen vegetables on to boil ad use  a timer so they don't go soggy. Mine took 3 minutes - check your packets.

  3. Fry the onion

  4. Shred or chop the chicken and stir it into the onion.

  5. Sir in the garlic puree and cornflour (cornstarch)

  6. Add approx. 200ml milk, or so it's half way up the top layer of gnocchi. Bring to a rapid boil and stir quickly as it thickens.

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10 thoughts on “Creamy Chicken Gnocchi- Perfect Leftover Meal

    1. Lizzie Post author

      I know what you mean! I actually cooked the chicken the night before for this one, still a good way of getting a meal in a hurry.

  1. Patty

    I’m dreaming about leftover meals but my husband is just like Sarah’s, doesn’t stop eating until pots and pans are cleaned 🙂 Leftover meals oftentimes taste even better than the initial ones

    1. Lizzie Post author

      I know what you mean, I love boxing day’s cold meats and fried potato especially

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