If you're craving a hearty and flavorful dish packed with a little kick, this Cajun Chicken Gnocchi is for you. This recipe combines Cajun cuisine and Italian comfort food, resulting in a mouthwatering fusion that'll leave you wanting more.
When it comes to Cajun cooking, one thing's for sure: bold flavors are the name of the game. And this Cajun Chicken Gnocchi recipe is no exception.
Picture tender bites of chicken seared to perfection with a zesty blend of Cajun spices. And as if that weren't enough, we're pairing it with pillowy-soft gnocchi, just waiting to soak up all those rich, smoky flavors.
It's a dish that satisfies your hunger and warms your soul with its robust flavors and comforting textures. So, whether you're cooking for a crowd or just looking to spice up your weeknight dinner routine, this recipe is a winner.
These notes are here to help make this recipe a success; they cover some but not all ingredients; for a complete ingredient list, check out the recipe card below.
Chicken: This recipe calls for chicken breast, but feel free to substitute with chicken thigh.
Cajun Seasoning: I use my homemade Cajun seasoning blend, which you can find here: Homemade Cajun Seasoning recipe. However, feel free to use any brand of Cajun seasoning that you enjoy.
Sugar: You can use brown or white sugar here. It enhances the juiciness of the chicken and gives it a great flavor, but you can leave it out.
Gnocchi: I recommend using dried gnocchi for one-pan meals, as it holds up well during cooking. You can easily find shelf-stable gnocchi in the pasta aisle of most major grocery stores. I always keep a packet in my pantry.
Onion: You can use white, brown, yellow, or red onion.
Bell Pepper: The recipe suggests red, but it is a personal preference, so use whatever color you prefer or have at home.
Garlic: The recipe suggests using 4 garlic cloves, but feel free to adjust according to your taste preferences. I always say garlic should be measured by your heart.
Broth: You can use either chicken or vegetable broth for this recipe. If you prefer to control the salt content, opt for low-sodium broth.
Cream: Use heavy, double, or thickened cream for a rich, creamy sauce. Avoid using Half and Half or single cream, as they won't thicken the sauce, resulting in a thin consistency.
Parmesan: For the best flavor, consider buying a block of parmesan and grating it yourself. Pre-grated parmesan can leave your sauce slightly grainy.
We've tested this recipe at least 3 times to ensure it works well for you, have a look at our tips for getting the best dish you can!
- Try chopping the chicken into small pieces similar in size to the gnocchi. This will make the dish easier to eat and enjoy.
- Most cajun seasoning blends contain salt, so we have written the recipe with this in mind. Taste your sauce before adding extra seasoning, as you may not need much salt. I usually only add around ¼ teaspoon extra salt.
- For a smoother and thicker sauce, we recommend you grate your own Parmesan. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan evenly over the dish and gently stir it in to achieve a creamy, smooth sauce.
- Opt for a big high-sided skillet or Dutch oven with a lid to cook your dish. This provides ample room to stir the ingredients and ensures an even distribution of flavors.
Why You'll Love This Cajun Chicken Gnocchi
- The chicken, gnocchi, and sauce all cook in one pan.
- It is easy to adapt and add extra veg.
- It is so easy to make and ready in under 20 minutes.
- It is a comforting fusion meal that kids and adults love.
These are all just suggestions and things that have worked in our test kitchen, but it is your dinner, so adapt it to suit your family. That is the beauty of cooking; we can all create our own delicious meals.
- Swap the chicken: You can swap the chicken for strips of steak or pork. Or use raw shrimp.
- Add heat: Add a firey edge with some red pepper flakes or chopped chili.
- Add extra veg: Cook corn, chopped carrot, or peas with your onion and bell pepper.
- Make it a soup: Turn your sauce into a soup by adding an extra 1½-2 cups of broth and an extra teaspoon of cajun seasoning.
Serving Suggestions for Cajun Chicken Gnocchi
Sides: This is a one-pan meal, so it doesn't need anything extra. But we like to serve it with some bread to help mop up the creamy cajun sauce. Or some cornbread.
Wines: My favorite wine pairing has to be a dry sparkling wine. The bubbles work with the spices and with the creamy sauce. An off-dry Riesling or Gewürztraminer would be a great choice if you added extra chili to your sauce. Or go for something different and pair the cajun gnocchi with a lightly chilled red Zinfandel.
For more Gnocchi Recipes Try:
- Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi
- Creamy Lemon Shrimp Gnocchi
- Creamy Chicken Pesto Gnocchi
- Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi
- Tuscan Butter Gnocchi
- Creamy Tomato Salmon Gnocchi
- Creamy Chicken Gnocchi with Spinach
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Cajun Chicken Gnocchi
For the Chicken
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoon cajun seasoning (see note 1)
- 1 tablespoon sugar (see note 2)
- 2 large chicken breasts (see note 3)
For the Gnocchi
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion , chopped (see note 4)
- 1 red bell pepper , chopped (see note 5)
- 4 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 ½ teaspoon cajun seasoning (see note 1)
- 1.1 lb uncooked potato gnocchi (see note 6)
- ½ cup grated parmesan (see note 7)
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
For the chicken
- Mix the olive oil, cajun seasoning, and sugar in a non-metallic bowl.2 tablespoon olive oil3 tablespoon cajun seasoning1 tablespoon sugar
- Cut the chicken into bite-sized chunks and add it to the marinade.2 large chicken breasts
- Let the chicken sit for at least 30 minutes, but it can sit for 24-36 hours.
To cook the dish
- Heat the oil in a high-sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions and peppers, then cook for 4-5 minutes until softened.2 tablespoon olive oil1 onion1 red bell pepper
- Add the chunks of chicken and cook for 3 minutes over high heat.
- Add the minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds, then add in the broth, cream, and cajun seasonings, stir well to combine, and bring to a simmer.4 cloves garlic1 cup low sodium chicken broth½ cup heavy cream1 ½ teaspoon cajun seasoning
- Add the gnocchi, cover the pan, and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat.1.1 lb uncooked potato gnocchi
- Uncover the pan, stir well, and cook for 2 minutes more.
- Add the grated parmesan cheese and stir gently to melt into the sauce.½ cup grated parmesan
- Remove from the heat, stir in the fresh spinach leaves, taste your sauce, and season to taste. Serve immediately.1 cup fresh spinach leaves
- I use my homemade Cajun seasoning blend, which you can find here: Homemade Cajun Seasoning recipe. However, feel free to use any brand of Cajun seasoning that you enjoy.
- You can use brown or white sugar. It enhances the juiciness of the chicken and gives it a great flavor, but you can leave it out.
- Feel free to substitute with chicken thighs (3-4 thighs), but cook them for 6 minutes at step 2.
- You can use white, brown, yellow, or red onion.
- The recipe suggests red, but it is a personal preference, so use whatever color you prefer or have at home.
- I recommend using dried gnocchi for one-pan meals, as it holds up well during cooking. You can easily find shelf-stable gnocchi in the pasta aisle of most major grocery stores.
- For the best flavor and texture in your sauce, consider buying a block of parmesan and grating it yourself. Pre-grated parmesan can leave your sauce slightly grainy.
Nutrition is per serving