Chicken thighs, gnocchi, and broccoli rabe all bake together on one pan for a super easy weeknight dinner!

Easy Sheet Pan Chicken and Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe Recipe

I can barely contain my excitement – I’m absolutely giddy over this recipe!

The other day, a few friends and I were talking about what we thought this year’s recipe trends would be. (It’s the kind of weird conversation that food bloggers have.)  I said I thought people would be looking for easy, hands-off recipes. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t felt like spending a ton of time in the kitchen lately. Judging by the number of people I know who are suddenly all about their pressure cookers, I have a feeling I’m not the only one.

When it comes to easy dinner, it doesn’t get much simpler than this sheet pan chicken and gnocchi. Everything cooks together on one pan – no sautéing, no browning, no boiling, no special equipment. No stress. Very little mess.

In just 30 minutes, you’re rewarded with a meal of plump gnocchi, juicy chicken, and slightly charred broccoli rabe.  Easy Sheet Pan Chicken and Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe Recipe

Sheet Pan Chicken and Gnocchi:

This recipe was inspired by one that I saw in last month’s issue of Eating Well (one of my absolute favorite magazines!). I’ve never heard of cooking gnocchi in the oven before, and I had a hard time believing that they didn’t need to be boiled first. I was still skeptical even as I pulled the pan out of the oven.

Then I tasted one, and my mind was completely blown. The gnocchi were plump and tender, with crispy edges where they touched the pan and a mild lemon flavor. It’s a weeknight game-changer.

I used the same technique for this sheet pan chicken and gnocchi recipe. I’ve always been a huge advocate for chicken thighs, but I’ve only started to appreciate the boneless, skinless ones recently. They aren’t the prettiest, but when you roast them in a hot oven, they come out really juicy and flavorful. If you can afford them, splurge on organic thighs for this recipe – they’re not as greasy as conventional chicken thighs and have a cleaner chicken flavor.

Easy Sheet Pan Chicken and Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe Recipe

Yields 6

Sheet Pan Chicken and Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe

30 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (preferably organic)
  • 1 package (about 16 ounces) shelf stable gnocchi
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe or broccolini
  • Parmesan shreds, for serving (optional)


  1. Heat your oven to 450ºF.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, gnocchi and lemon slices. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, and spices. Mix well, then pour onto a sheet pan and spread in a single layer.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Stir well, then add the broccoli rabe to the pan. Bake for another 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Top with parmesan, if desired.


You can use broccoli rabe or broccolini for this recipe. Broccoli rabe is leafy and slightly bitter. Broccolini looks more like long broccoli, and has a mild flavor. I prefer broccolini, but can't always find it.