For some reason, the best and easiest meals come to me when I am just trying to get dinner on the table. No blog intentions. Just good ole’ -starvin’ and it’s dinner time. All this planning and thought that goes into these lovely meals I put before you and then I get lazy and this deliciousness happens. I mean…why do I even try, guys?? Either way we both get to benefit because you are going to love this.
Okay, 30 minutes stands between you and dinner…let’s get started!
Gnocchi Dinner Life
Start off with some sizzling the chicken in your one and only skillet (<—love that) and meanwhile use my new favorite kitchen tool *cue the angels singing* THE MANDOLIN. So, obviously I am the last to catch on to the biggest time saving tool since the flippin’ knife. The mandolin has been around quite some time but I am the last to the party and I am shedding tears over the hours I wasted slicing when this little gem was just sitting on the store shelf waiting to make my dreams come true.
But for the sake of NOT living in the past, learn from my mistakes and go buy one pronto. [Bonus #1] you can use it on this recipe! While the chicken was cooking, I was able to slice up 2 zucchinis in practically 43 seconds and throw the cashew milk and pesto in a jar. [Bonus #2] Arm workout DONE. The cashew milk and pesto will blend beautifully with a few quick shakes, but why not get the most out of it and release that frustration from the day? Your sauce will be blended down to the molecule and your happy face will emerge! (<-don’t worry, I don’t know what I am saying either)
Your chicken should be browned but not completely cooked through, so throw in the zucc’s, broth and sauce and let some bubbling happen after you turn down the head a tad. A few minutes later you are going to delight in my favorite part of this recipe: the addition of cute little friendly gnocchi’s that will puff up in no time and soak up the juices to give major creamy status to this skillet wonder. If you haven’t tried gnocchi yet, I highly encourage an immediate purchase of DeLallo’s version. We are talking major quality and tons of gnocchi options! They even have coupons ready and available for printing on their website! #yourwelcome
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- 1 lb. chicken (cut into four smaller pieces)
- 1 package DeLallo Mini Potato Gnocchi (or similar)
- ¼ cup sundried tomato pesto
- 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk (or almond milk)
- 1 cup broth (chicken or vegetable)
- 2 small zucchinis, diced
- 2-3 tbsp. cream cheese or mascarpone
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- Add olive oil to large skillet over medium heat and add chicken. Cook about 2 minutes per side until browned but not fully cooked.
- Slice zucchinis with a mandolin or very thinly and set aside.
- Add pesto and cashew milk to a mason jar and seal. Shake vigorously until your stress is gone, or until blended.
- Add sauce, seasoning, broth and zucchini to skillet and lower heat to a medium low simmer for about 5-7 minutes (stirring occasionally).
- Stir in cream cheese and then add gnocchi and simmer for another 2-3 minutes until creamy.
- Serve immediately for best results.
*Depending on your tastes, you may desire more salt and pepper, so add to your liking.
*I used both cream cheese and mascarpone in the recipe testing and both yielded equal results so use whichever you like.
*Cashew milk is low in fat (I use unsweetened and 25 cal per serving) but almond milk would be a comparable substitute. However, if you use skim milk or a thinner substitute, the meal will not be as creamy.