Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Gnocchi is so deliciously yummy, full of flavor and easy to prepare. It can be made and plated on in under 30 minutes.
The relatively small amount of sun-dried tomatoes used in this recipe gives a gourmet touch and a burst of flavor.
Flavor & Advantages of Eating Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Sun-dried tomatoes have a much chewier texture and a intense sweet-tart flavor that is considerably more potent than fresh tomatoes.
Drying the tomatoes removes moisture and inhibits the growth of fungi and bacteria.
The drying process also slows down the enzyme activity without deactivating them. These factors ensure that food doesn’t spoil easily and hence, makes drying a successful food preservation technique.
The most widely know advantages to consuming tomatoes is its lycopene content.
Lycopene is an essential anti-oxidant which helps in the battle against cancerous cell formation.
Also a diet that includes tomatoes have been linked with reduced risk of obesity and the neurological disease, Alzheimer’s.
After making this recipe, learn more about “gnocchi” in this recipe article – Bacon Vegetable Alfredo Gnocchi.
Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Gnocchi
1 pound gnocchi, cooked according to package instructions
1 tablespoon oil from jarred sun-dried tomatoes
1 tablespoon butter unsalted
1 pound chicken breasts, chopped, mouth sized bites
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 cloves garlic minced
7-8 ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained, reserve oil
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoon whole milk
1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Drain the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes jar into a small bowl. Reserve oil and set drained tomatoes aside.
In a large skillet heat the butter and sun dried tomato oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breast chunks to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken until no longer pink inside and lightly golden brown. Transfer to a plate and set side.
If more oil is needed add additional to skillet. Add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes to the skillet and saute for about 2 to 3 minutes until the garlic becomes aromatic and fragrant.
Add milk, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. In a small bowl whisk the cornstarch with the 2 tbsp of milk and add to skillet.
Stir everything together. Continually stirring or whisk until the sauce begins to thicken, about 1-2 minutes.
Add to skillet the cooked gnocchi, chunks of cooked chicken breast and chopped parsley, mix until well combined.
Plate and garnish with more parsley if desired.
This deliciously yummy creamy gnocchi dish is completely satisfying on its own or you can plate it with a salad (Apple Pecan and Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Apple Dressing) and roasted vegetables (Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli).
Try this dish using your crock pot. Crockpot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs. Place everything needed into the crock pot first thing before you leave to work. And when you get home, your home will smell like your in Italy. And your plated meal will be deliciously yummy.
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