Italian Gnocchi Skillet with Chicken and Pesto

This post is written in partnership with Perdue. 

We’re entering the busy holiday season: can you feel it?

And with that comes weeknights when we want to get a healthy meal on the table for our family, but honestly just don’t have the energy or bandwidth. Never fear! This Italian Gnocchi Skillet with Chicken and Pesto is a filling and protein-rich meal that literally comes together in mere minutes.

Because sometimes when the Zoom calls end and the days feel increasingly shorter, assembling a meal versus cooking it from scratch is a welcome change.

And who doesn’t love classic Italian flavors and very few dishes? We can raise a glass to that any day of the week.

What kind of Gnocchi Should I Buy?

Fun fact: Gnocchi is not pasta, but a kind of potato dumpling. It doesn’t have much flavor on its own, but like pasta, it welcomes sauces like tomato sauce and pesto to really let it shine.

While potato gnocchi are the most traditional, you’ll also encounter cauliflower gnocchi in some grocery stores. Choose whichever type you like, but if the gnocchi are frozen, follow the cooking instructions on each package, as they can vary quite a bit.


For this supper, we’re relying on PERDUE® SHORT CUTS® Carved Chicken Breast Strips to help get dinner on the table.

The fully-cooked chicken strips are juicy and tender, and we feel good about serving them to our family because Perdue raises their birds without antibiotics and they’re given an all-vegetarian diet.

Bonus? Perdue has done all the work for you: the chicken is pre-roasted and cut into strips, so you have boneless, skinless chicken ready to add to just about anything.

How Do I Make an Italian Gnocchi Skillet?

Again, your mantra here is: assembling, not cooking. So gather your ingredients and a skillet and let’s get going!

First, you’re going to warm some store-bought gnocchi, either shelf stable from your supermarket’s refrigerated case or frozen. Instead of using several pans and boiling the gnocchi, just warm it in the skillet with a little boiling water for a few seconds.

Potato gnocchi are delicate, so you don’t want to overcook them because they will cook a little more later with the other ingredients as well.

Drain them and toss them with store-bought pesto. Add them to the skillet with the chicken, stir in some spinach and halved cherry tomatoes, and finish the skillet dish with tangy goat cheese.

Dinner is served! Leftovers? Unlikely. Buon Appetito!