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Chicken and Butternut Gnocchi

Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active time 15 mins
Total time 30 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)

Gnocchi are the base for a simple toss with sweet butternut squash, rich chicken thighs, spinach, and sage. Prepared gnocchi is a fast cook’s dream. They don’t need to be boiled separately, take on a beautiful sear, and will hold up after a thorough sauté and simmer with other ingredients. A dollop of prepared pesto binds and brightens the dish. Look for prepeeled and cubed butternut squash to save even more time. Instead of spinach, you could also try tender baby kale. For a bit of heat, add 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper to the pan before you simmer the squash.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 (6-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-in. pieces
  • 3 cups (1/2-in.) cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 (12-oz.) pkg. whole-wheat gnocchi
  • 3/4 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 2 tablespoons prepared refrigerated pesto
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 5 ounces baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 526
  • fat 19.3 g
  • satfat 4.5 g
  • monofat 9.7 g
  • polyfat 2.6 g
  • protein 43 g
  • carbohydrate 44 g
  • fiber 9 g
  • cholesterol 165 mg
  • iron 6 mg
  • sodium 748 mg
  • calcium 202 mg
  • sugars 4 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 0 g

How to Make It

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes or until browned. Place chicken in a bowl.

  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in pan over medium. Add squash and onion; cook 8 minutes. Add squash mixture to chicken. Add gnocchi to pan; cook 2 minutes. Add chicken mixture, stock, pesto, sage, garlic, and spinach to pan; cook 1 minute. Top with cheese.