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Garlic and Parsley Butter Chicken with Gnocchi

Garlic and Parsley Butter Chicken with Gnocchi - incredible tender chicken cooked in a garlic and butter creamy sauce served over a bed of gnocchi.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken, gnocchi, parsley
Servings: 4
Calories: 630kcal


  • 3 chicken breasts boneless and skinless, about 1 lb
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 tablespoon butter unsalted
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound gnocchi uncooked


  • Preheat oven to 425 F degrees.
  • If your chicken breasts are too thick cut them in half crosswise. Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and smoked paprika on both sides.
  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add chicken breasts and cook on each side for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. The chicken may not yet be cooked through, but that's OK since we'll finish it off in the oven.
  • In the meantime, add the butter, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper to your food processor and pulse for about 30 seconds or until the mixture is all crumbled up and there are no huge pieces of garlic anymore.
  • Pour the heavy cream in the skillet with the chicken in it, then top each piece of chicken breast with about 1 to 2 tbsp of the garlic and parsley butter. If there's any garlic and parsley butter left, just add it to the skillet.
  • Place the skillet in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime cook the gnocchi according to package instructions.
  • Toss the gnocchi in the skillet with the chicken and serve warm.


Gnocchi are soft potato dumplings that you can find i the same section as ravioli and tortellini. It can be replaced with those two pastas if you can't find it.
This recipe can be made with chicken thighs or drumsticks if you prefer.
You can use half and half (10%) cream or coconut cream.
Feel free to adjust the amount of garlic to suit your own taste.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
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Calories: 630kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 802mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 2725IU | Vitamin C: 23.6mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 5.5mg