Sheet Pan Chicken and Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe

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

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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.

What kind of gnocchi should I use?

For this recipe, you’ll want to use dried gnocchi. It’s shelf stable and sold in a vacuum sealed packet, usually in the same aisle as pasta.

Do I need to boil the gnocchi first?

No! That’s the beauty of this recipe. Use it straight from the packet. It will plump up and soften in the oven.

WOW! Do you have any other recipes like this one?

I sure do! Check out my Lemon-Parmesan Gnocchi with Mushrooms. It’s one of my most popular recipes – everyone who makes it loves it!

Easy Sheet Pan Chicken and Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe Recipe
Easy Sheet Pan Chicken and Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe Recipe

Sheet Pan Chicken and Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (preferably organic)
  • 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)

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 482Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 107mgSodium 672mgFiber 5gSugar 3gProtein 35g

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By on January 10th, 2017

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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39 thoughts on “Sheet Pan Chicken and Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe”

  1. This is spectacular! Excellent flavor and the gnocchi was perfection. And the best part is that it was incredibly easy and didn’t mess up my entire kitchen.

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  2. Does the shelf-stable gnocchi get fully cooked even though you aren’t boiling it first?

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  3. Wonderful recipe! I used bone in thighs without skin. Added some fresh rosemary and sage… Just delicious!

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  4. I absolutely love this recipe! I tweak it just a little. I add sliced mushrooms and a 1/4 cup of chicken stock concentrate. I also always double it because everyone loves it so much!

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  5. FANTASTIC recipe. thank you! I used bone-in/skin-on thighs so I put them in the oven for 20 min *before* I added the gnocchi but otherwise followed the recipe to the letter and it was FAB. So easy, so delicious!

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