Dump-and-Bake Chicken Marinara Gnocchi

Dump-and-Bake Chicken Marinara Gnocchi

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Dump-and-Bake Chicken Marinara Gnocchi- OH MY GOSH have you ever got to try this recipe. I found it on The Seasoned Mom. We were so busy this weekend what with my youngest daughter’s photo shoot (which I will tell  you all about later on) and all and I just did not and I repeat did not have time to prepare a delicious healthy dinner for my family nor had I prepared anything ahead of time (yes, even perfect moms like me do occasionally have days when they are not all that perfect- LOL considering every day is a day like that for me :O) .) So where was I (see I told you- apparently not a perfect morning either :o) ) – oh yeah, I had come across this recipe for a Dump-And-Bake meal and I decided to try it in hopes of saving my family from yet another meal of either fast food fare or TV dinners- YIKES!- and WOW! was it ever easy and delicious not to mention healthy as well. And what’s awesome is that it gave me a chance to use my new GURO Cast Iron Enamel Coated Oval Dome Casserole which I have been wanting to use for quite some time but I got caught up in using my Instant Pot for just about every recipe including desserts. It made dinner that much more delicious and so easy!

It’s made with this overlooked staple called gnocchi. It’s seriously overlooked but should be in our pantry for days just like these. It absolutely makes this recipe.

My youngest daughter helped me make it even though she was super tired after her long day. Did I mention that we ran out shopping for two outfits to add to her fashion wardrobe for the photo shoot right before she had to rush home and get ready for her big day? I guess it’s good teaching her early on what it’s like working all day long at a stressful job and then coming home and preparing dinner for her family- poor baby girl O:).

I did have a little bit of a hard time finding the little potato dumplings.  I thought I might need to go with the larger ones which would have increased my cooking time a wee bit but luckily I did finally find them. Different Walmarts can vary a little on what they carry so be sure to look around and not lose patience quickly.

Here’s the recipe:

Dump-and-Bake Chicken Marinara Gnocchi
Yields 4
This is not only a time-saving dump-and-bake dinner but delicious to boot!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 ½ cups (23 ounce jar) marinara sauce
  2. ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  3. 2 cups cooked, diced chicken (about ½ of a rotisserie chicken)*
  4. 1 (16 ounce) package mini gnocchi (about 3 cups)
  5. 1 teaspoon minced garlic**
  6. ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  7. ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  8. Garnish: chopped fresh parsley or basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray an 8- or 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together marinara sauce and chicken broth until smooth. Stir in chicken, gnocchi, and garlic.
  3. Transfer to prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove dish from the oven, stir, and taste one of the gnocchi. It should be tender and just about done (if it’s still too hard, put the dish back in the oven for a few more minutes). Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan over top of the dish, and return to the oven for 5 more minutes, or until gnocchi is tender and cheese is browned on top.
  5. Notes
  6. * For a shortcut, I like to use Tyson Grilled & Ready Shredded Chicken (which you can find in the freezer section), or other similar cooked chicken strips.
  7. ** For another shortcut, try using a squeeze bottle of fresh minced garlic, which you can find in the produce section at your grocery store.
  8. Cooking Just for Two? You can cut all of the ingredients in half and bake the gnocchi in a small (1-quart) casserole dish.
  9. courses dinner
  10. cuisine italian
Notes
  1. Nutrition Facts
  2. Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe
  3. Amount Per Serving
  4. Calories 403.6
  5. Total Fat 10.1 g
  6. 16%
  7. Saturated Fat 4 g
  8. 20%
  9. Cholesterol 48 mg
  10. 16%
  11. Sodium 1557 mg
  12. 65%
  13. Total Carbohydrates 52.9 g
  14. 18%
  15. Dietary Fiber 5.8 g
  16. 23%
  17. Sugars 8.8 g
  18. Protein 25.4 g
  19. 51%
  20. * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  21. * For a shortcut, I like to use Tyson Grilled & Ready Shredded Chicken (which you can find in the freezer section), or other similar cooked chicken strips.
  22. ** For another shortcut, try using a squeeze bottle of fresh minced garlic, which you can find in the produce section at your grocery store.
  23. Cooking Just for Two? You can cut all of the ingredients in half and bake the gnocchi in a small (1-quart) casserole dish.
Adapted from The Seasoned Cook Website
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